The subject of the Christian LPSG group was raised in another thread and when I read through it I became concerned that it seems Christian members feel that non-Christian LPSG members are intolerant or biased against them. Had just one person said this I'd chalk it up to a personal grudge but hearing it from two former mods who have been around long enough, I became worried. It has been my impression that most people here who say anti-Christian things are generally attacking the more conservative interpretations of Christian theology, not attacking people for simply being Christian. Not being on the other side of the fence, I can't say whether that's accurate or not, so I'm asking Christians here whether they feel persecuted and, if so, why? Are the comments I've quoted below accurate in your assessment? I have to state that I am generally appalled by conservative Christianity when it enters the political sphere to influence the lives of others who do not share conservative Christian beliefs. I am also appalled by conservative Islam and Judaism too; indeed, any religious group that seeks to control the lives of non-believers. I read musclemonkey5's post above and my first impression is that I feel bad for him getting flamed. My second impression is that he's being flamed for the wrong reasons. As I see it, if he thinks that being gay is a lifestyle choice, then when did he decide to become heterosexual? If he can't answer that, then he's absolutely misguided and that in itself should cause him pause to consider his theory. My third impression is precisely what I see conservative Christians being criticized (to put it politely) for: the desire to control the political lives of others; that everyone, even non-believers, should live as dictated by one's faith. My response is that monkeymuscle5 and others like him are attempting to deny gays some distinct legal benefits because his religion says gays shouldn't have them because being gay is sinful. I have to ask, what of the Christian churches which recognize and sanctify gay marriages? Should one interpretation of Christianity hold sway over another? Doesn't that mean that our government is then favoring one religious interpretation over another? How is that reconciled with the First and 14th Amendments? As I see it, musclemonkey5 has taken religion beyond his home and church and is attempting to foist his interpretation of it on people who do not share his beliefs. Were someone of any religion to do that, I would take issue with it. That he's Christian is entirely secondary to the issue of a stated desire to restrict the rights of a minority. My problem is not with Christianity so much as it is with some religious institutions and with some people who seek others to live by their interpretation of religion. I've railed against conservative Islam as much as I've railed against conservative Christianity when each contains a political aspect designed to force others to live as these groups see fit. The truth is, I think that's the feeling of the great majority of members here. But if I'm wrong, I want to know. I also would like to know if it's a matter of those who are doing the bashing are assuming that self-professed Christians have a political agenda or are they saying something else?