I must say that to my ears, Eric Lund, “Hate the sin, love the sinner,” is right up there with some of the worst phrases in the English language. I’ve only ever heard it used practically about LGBTQ people in a judgemental, condemnatory sense. It’s right up there in awfulness with “everyone is a sinner,” when that phrase is used to justify condemnation of LGBTQ people.

People use the phrase to deliberately overlook or excuse their bigotry. We LGBTQ people are not asking for mercy for our “sins.” We will not be ashamed of who we are or apologize for the fact that we have sex.

Religious people who claim we do something wrong when we have sex are ignorant, superstitious, judgemental assholes.

It’s like that Fr. James Martin I referenced in the article. I’ve researched him more since having that conversation. He’s a total dick. He’s a bigoted piece of shit who wraps up his moral condemnation of LGBTQ people in faux kindness.

We aren’t begging for kindness. We’re demanding equality. With “friends” like Martin, we have no need of enemies. He and his ilk will grind us into the dirt all on their own, while wrapping up their persecution in a a veneer of publicly acceptable “civility.”

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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