The people who don't "support LGTBQ rights" who aren't homophobic people out to threaten LGTBQ folk.
These people exist. You've been talking to them for this whole conversation.
I had no idea what you were trying to say here, was what I was saying:
And if people were doing this to any of my friends, the people threatening them would at least get an earful. Threatening people with death isn't going to convince them to change their ways, and what gives those who threaten a right to threaten them? We are all sinners and no better than they are.
Nobody should have to live in fear. I know what that is like and I know what that feels like.
With that being said, this feels exaggerated to me. At least on the university, or in church where I live, this has never occurred. Everyone seems to be supporting the LGTBQ folk or following my position that they need to be loved away from their sin. Nobody is suggesting threats or violence.
This statement is true, but I don't think you understand what the word "homophobe" fully means. The straight supporters of LGTBQ are just scared of the LGTBQ folks as the people who are threatening LGTBQ folks. They are scared of what the LGTBQ folk will do to them if they don't support them, scared of losing their friendships with their LGTBQ friends, and scared of being branded bigots. There is fear on both sides. The only escape is following the truth of the Scriptures.
Neither me nor Eerie are homophobes, Pig. We are not scared to stand up for the truth of our faith nor are we out to threaten them, as far as I know.
But there has been a lot of fear surrounding this discussion, there is no doubt about that. We have at least two community members who are scared to discuss the subject for fear of offending LGTBQ people, one person who is scared of losing his friends, and one who views LGTBQ as his political enemies. But there is a variety of views here, and so casting the entire community as homophobic is quite out of line.
Fear is, however, why this discussion keeps coming up. Fear of what these people will do if we follow the Scripture without being jerks - I mean, they inspire fear, trying to cast the Scripture as cruel, that's scary business, and that can lead Christians to compromise (or find weapons). What we all need to realize, as I have said a half bazillion times, is that God is not cruel. He is kind and loving. These people have rejected God's design for their bodies to do cruelty to them, and then blame God's Word for not allowing said cruelty. The solution is more faith.
The LGTBQ folk are not a source of truth. They are liars. However, they do not deserve threats or violence simply because they have been deceived. There is no sense in kicking a wounded dog, and there is no sense in threatening a broken and hurting man or woman.