Recently NC passed an amendment that banned gays from marrying, forming civil unions, etc. Just before the election a pastor in the Berean Baptist Church was filmed saying that parents should smack their kids if they begin to show signs of being gay.
Many, especially religious supporters of gay rights, pacify their consciences by writing this off as an isolated incident; that these are the words of one ill-tempered preacher who simply misspoke. But I feel that this type of passive-aggressive persecution in religious communities is more widespread than most are willing to admit. One simply needs to read the official positions of the major US religious sects toward marriage to understand the breadth of this problem. Am I wrong here? Will these states ever evolve to afford people basic rights?
The full article discussing the roots of intolerance is here if you’re interested: