How Phil Robertson’s Comments Fuel Hatred
You may think that Phil Robertson’s comments about gay people are harmless, but try being a gay man in a place where Robertson’s being praised as a martyr for his beliefs. If you can’t imagine what that’s like, check out this letter from a gay college student in West Monroe, Louisiana, which happens to be Robertson’s hometown. An excerpt:
"…People say Phil is being persecuted for his beliefs.
"You don’t know persecution until you’re a 12-year-old boy sitting in a church pew when your preacher encourages everyone to vote to make gay marriage illegal because they think you don’t deserve the same joy of raising a family due to your depravity.
"You don’t know persecution until you’re told that God doesn’t love you because of how He made you; when Christian fundamentalists are tied up to the back of pick-ups and dragged down a back road because they believe the Bible. When you know that, then you can talk about persecution."
Click here to read the entire letter. Having grown up in the Southern Baptist Church in an ultra-conservative part of Tennessee, I can relate to much of this.