This is what a lot of people genuinely think about the conservative Christian view of homosexuality. You need to know what they’re saying. Here’s a tiny, chilling excerpt:
Our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison.
Church leaders must be made “to take homosexuality off the sin list.”
“Made to” means you can lose your business, your tax-exemption, and other things that moth and rust can corrupt—but are nonetheless scary to contemplate having taken from you, flesh as we are.
We’d better be glad, therefore, that we have a thoughtful, orthodox (as far as this column goes) defender. Here’s a theological argument that ought to be ready on the lips of every Christian:
At Christianity’s bedrock is the idea that we are all in the grip of an unchosen condition, an “original” problem that our wills alone cannot overcome. So homosexuality’s deep origin is not a trump card against Christian teaching.