At a time when Jesus is entirely absent from the American Christian voice, Chris Sosa wants to lend them a hand in empowering their bigotry:
Feigning respect for someone else’s sacred text as a moral guidebook doesn’t just reinforce bad ideas, it’s not even effective. Right-wing Christians already know that most liberals don’t actually care what the Bible has to say about moral values, science or even literal history. When secular liberals attempt to argue with devout believers about the actual content of sacred texts by claiming they actually mean the inverse of what’s on the page, it comes off as absurd. No one wins.
This sort of aid and comfort for bigotry is simply unwelcome. The fact is that Christ is entirely absent from Christian bigotry against homosexuals, and nothing will change that, not even Sosa’s abject hatred toward Christians:
The next time someone tells you that the Bible condemns your entire existence, consider responding: “You’re right. And I, along with millions of open and affirming people across this great country, do not care. You shouldn’t either.”
While it is true that Jesus said nothing about gays whatsoever, the alleged Savior did speak much of compassion. And as Sosa’s solution is not to appeal to the Christianity of Christians, but, rather, to demean his fellow human beings’ faith as utterly meaningless, it is pretty easy to say with absolute confidence that we do not need this manner of hatred in our lives.
Chris Sosa is a bigot. Chris Sosa is part of the problem.
There are plenty of things about Christian faith requiring some sort of reassessment in the twenty-first century, but there is already too much coldhearted indifference on the table. Then again, I suppose this is what is valuable to Chris Sosa, so it must be worth something. ‘Tis a pity in that regard, as it is worth more than he would afford his Christian neighbors.
Or maybe he is just hoping to justify his hatred. Either way, Sosa’s advice is worse than useless; it is dangerous.
But, hey, what is danger unto a Christian? No big deal, as long as your name is Chris Sosa.
I mean, hell, even Christ was gay. But that matters none to bigots, as Mr. Sosa has so coldly reminded.
Image note: Detail of Bug Martini by Adam Huber, 9 March 2015.
Sosa, Chris. “Fellow Liberals, Please Stop Claiming Jesus Accepts LGBT People”. The Huffington Post. 14 April 2015.