Originally Posted by erictheobscure
two abrahamic religions have certain branches that not only denounce homosexuals but also call for their killing. to be fair, i didn't insist they were exact equivalents--i asked if there was a meaningful difference since, in this recent christian case, the pastor asked for the state to carry out executions. but you're so smug you didn't even answer my question seriously.
as an ex-devout catholic I'm perfectly aware christians would mostly like to pray away the gay and many christians treat being gay as some sort of sickness. But you need to realize that Leviticus laws that call for killing of gays do not apply to Christians in view of Catholics and every other major sect. Since like you probably are aware christians believe in so called New Convenant established by Jesus Christ, it helps them to disregard nasty stuff from old testament and convinently wear clothes from two types of yarns or not stone people to death for working on sabbath. There are sects that do follow old testament laws, but the belief homosexuals should be put to death is not mainstream in any western christian country, or it's not even accepted to say.
Muslim world in general is less welcoming to gays; as we can see from this graph that represents overall legal situation of gays in various part of the world. 10 countries were you can get death sentence for being gay are all muslim majority. For what exact reason? Idk maybe, it's because we can ignore the old testament and focus on jesus stuff and they can't? This is speculation on my part though, fact remains attitudes in christian western world and muslim world differ a lot.
when you look at public attitudes you see similar trends;
so yes there is a meaningful difference, one idiot pastor doesnt change that I guess we can argee what he said was disgusting, but in for example it would be even news lol.Edited by wojt - 6/15/16 at 1:01pm