How is it Christian for preacher/hate-megaphone Pat Robertson to announce that he wished Facebook had a "vomit" button for every time he saw a photo of gay couple kissing?

Syndicated columnist and creator of the "It Gets Better Project" Dan Savage's new project invites Christians to tell gay people, fellow Christians, and the rest of the world in simple terms, "It isn't."

The "Not All Like That" project asks Christian folks to show support for all human rights, and specifically the gay community, by broadcasting their "NALT" status by video.

It's just as LGBT people communicated messages of support to the younger, bullied LGBT generation through It Gets Better.

The NALT project, which launched yesterday, already has 41 video entries, but we're expecting it to go viral.

2013-09-06

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Dan Savage's New Video Project Has Straight Christians Denouncing Anti-Gay Bigotry

With Not All Like That, the founder of It Gets Better is creating a new series of video confessionals, this one asking people to explain that they love Jesus—and gay people.

How is it Christian for preacher/hate-megaphone Pat Robertson to announce that he wished Facebook had a "vomit" button for every time he saw a photo of a gay couple kissing?

Syndicated columnist and creator of the "It Gets Better Project" Dan Savage's new project invites Christians to tell gay people, fellow Christians, and the rest of the world in simple terms, "It isn't." The "Not All Like That" project asks Christian folks to show support for all human rights, and specifically the gay community, by broadcasting their "NALT" status by video—just as LGBT people communicated messages of support to the younger, bullied LGBT generation through It Gets Better.

"The 'It Gets Better' Project was LGBT people talking to LGBT people," Savage explains on the NALT website. "The NALT Christians project is Christians—and hopefully no small number of straight Christians—talking to LGBT people and other Christians, LGBT and straight."

The NALT project, which launched yesterday, already has 41 video entries, but we're expecting it to go viral. Savage explains that the term arose from Christians coming up to him at talks and telling him not all Christians were like the hate-mongers with the biggest soapboxes—that they supported the gay community and didn't condemn homosexuality or transgendered folks as sin.

"Don't tell me that not all Christians are anti-gay bigots—tell that to all the so-called anti-gay Christian leaders out there who claim to speak for all Christians," Savage says. "Your silence allows the Tony Perkins and Pat Robertsons of the world to speak for you."

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  • ataylor123

    Exactly Linda. I completely agree. Sin is sin. Period. "Love the sinner, hate the sin"/ Of course, as Christians, we love everyone, gay people included. BUT loving them + condoning the lifestyle are two completely different things. It's one thing to say that we love them, its another to say that we don't care how they live. It's like seeing an alcoholic, saying "I love you, keep drinking. it won't hurt you". Truth is, if we REALLY loved them, we would do everything in out power to try to help them see that alcoholism is going to ruin their lives, and lead to their ultimate destruction. 

    So the question now isn't "Do we love them?" the question now is, "How much do we hate them?" because if we are going around based on "feelings" and our "heart", then truly, we are not only deceiving ourselves, but those around us. If we are living based on our "heart" instead of God's word, and His TRUE unbiased word, then we know we simply cannot agree. The bible tells us that the spirit will do things that the world doesn't understand. Sometimes (or all the time) we are called to stand for things that the world won't get. Thats because our values are different than the worlds. 

    We should not be twisting and conforming the bible to mold perfectly with the world and to tickle ears. That's wrong, scary and exactly what the bible says NOT to do. "Do not conform to this world, but INSTEAD be transformed by the renewing of your mind". Jesus never preached a message of hate, but He did say that God HATES sin. It's not about gay, straight, lesbian, etc. It's about the lifestyle, and which one you are actively seeking out. Are you actively living a worldly lifestyle or are you actively seeking a life for Christ? That's the issue, no matter the sin.

  • Leo Degrandmaison

    I was rays in the  catholic church i stop go for some time . i have been looking for a church 
    here in north AR for some time that will easysep all of us that are LGBT and not tell
    me that i`m a sinner. which i`m not for who i am but there are things that i have done
    in the past that would be a sin but not for being gay    

  • Rebecca Scribner

    I became a Christian Minister to fight just this kind of  misconception.  I felt that the Gay and Lesbian community deserve to be the Christians they have always been and to love and marry whom they pick and not who is picked for them by society.

  • Linda Atherton

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it. 
    Therefore, it is a poor thing to depend upon for a wise choice.  The Bible "hammers" all sin, not just homosexuality and does not hate it any more that any other sin, BUT it does hate all sin.  Therefore, it is as forgivable as any other sin when we repent and ask for forgiveness.  We are not helping those we care for and love by trying to twist Scripture to conform to what our heart tells us - it will deceive us, and living outside of God's parameters will yield a life of regret and sadness.