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We have a big deal -- let's shake (and shudder) on it

by Jeremy Hooper

The tale of the tormented gay kid is a sadly familiar one. But It's not just LGBT children who internalize the anti-gay evangelicals' messages of homo hostility. The meme that gays are different by virtue of their birth, and immoral by virtue of this difference, affects all who hear it. The mindf**k attached to that meme weakens society in a number of ways.

Here's just one heterosexual person's tale:

“If you become a homosexual, I’ll kill you. If I become a homosexual, you’ll kill me.”

I had forgotten about those terrible words until a friend reminded me of it. We made that pact together in high school, when we were young evangelicals with a “zeal for Christ.” We were bible-toting, Jesus-shirt wearing, tract-giving, church-obsessed dumbasses. Like all dumbasses, we believed what we were told without skepticism. And, as extremists, we would go great lengths to win the approval of God and men.

*KEEP READING: The Pact [Unreasonable Faith]

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