I am not much of a milquetoast activist, and when people like the good pastor Worley in North Carolina advocated concentration camps for queer people like me. I don’t feel particularly compelled to hold back the vitriol.
Holding back the vitriol does seem to be the standard admonition in cases like these, though. Either to spare other Christians and not appear to be intolerant toward them, or because some sort of “descending to their level” thinking.
I’m a strong believer in the Phil Plaitt school of secularism – don’t be a dick – and I acknowledge the powerful force that religion has been, and can be, in people’s lives. You only have to listen to Agnus Dei by the King’s College choir to see what religion can lead to.
But, getting back to the good pastor of North Carolina, when something like that happens, and you look around and you see no movement among Christians to condemn it, then the admonition to “be quiet, stay calm” leaves a bitter taste.
Christians, don’t come to gay people and say you disagree with the pastor. Go to him and say it, loud and clear, in no uncertain terms. That’s where it’s needed. If you don’t do that, then you’re leaving the Christianity that you say disagrees with the Pastor to be defined as what that pastor say.