Inspired by the many fundamentalist Christians and Mormons (Sarah Palin, Pat Boone, Rick Warren, Margie Christoffersen, Mike Huckabee) who have pointed out that they can't be homophobic because they have gay friends, I have an announcement to make.
Some of my best friends are Christian.
I know, I know, it may be hard to believe. Some of you may ask, "Alex, why are you friends with members of that radical cult? Don't you know that they want to subjugate women, erase queer people's existence, institute slavery, and convert the entire world to their bizarre lifestyle?"
To which I'd respond, "Yes! But being friends with someone doesn't mean that you have to accept their beliefs or lifestyle!"
I have my Christian friends over regularly for dinner, and we respect each other's differences of opinion on the institution of feeding Christians to the lions. But we can disagree without being disagreeable.
Reaching out to Christians and helping them move away from their lifestyle starts with opening up our hearts. We're not going to convert anyone with our usual rhetoric.
For years, all Christians have heard from us is intolerance. Every time you open a paper, there's some gasbag writing about how Christians are awful, how they hate Christians, and how they're happy that Christians are being thrown to the lions.
We need to cut that out. But at the same time, that doesn't mean we give in to their deviance.
Throwing Christians to the lions is a 2000-year-old institution. It dates back almost to the beginning of Christianity. It was good enough for our ancestors, and it's good enough for us. It's a tradition, and it's one that's working.
If we impose a ban on feeding Christians to lions, what's next? Are we going to have to start feeding them cow, like the Christians want? If we start feeding cows to the lions, where do we stop? When we start down that slippery slope, there's no reason we can't be feeding lions any assortment of animals.
But just because we can doesn't mean we should. While we could just start feeding lions, I don't know, fish or dogs or children, that doesn't mean we should do it. It would destroy that institution, one that's worked for so long. One that's the foundation of Western civilization.
It would be ridiculous to accuse me of being a Christophobe, because I have Christian friends. While Radical, Militant Christians like to paint anyone who supports the venerated institution of throwing Christians to lions as a bigot, that's just their way of silencing free speech. If they had their way, believe me, anyone who tried to throw a Christian to the lions or even preached about the importance of the institution would be put in prison.
Not all Christians are like that, though. And I'd suggest all of you go out and find a Christian friend. Let them know that you care and that you're trying to help them move away from that lifestyle.
This isn't about hating the believer, just the belief.