Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Beware people who talk like some other group of people deserves any less dignity than anyone else."
-David Morgan-Mar

That warning certainly applies to the way some people talk about Christians (evangelical, Catholic, Mormon or otherwise), but it applies just as much to the way that many evangelicals (and Catholics and Mormons) talk about gay people as if they were all members of some evil conspiracy set on destroying all that is good in the world.

It's certainly easier to hate one's opponents after we've dehumanized them, but nothing good lies down that path. And Christians are just as susceptible as anyone else to the temptation to demonize (and dehumanize) others...

2 comments:

petersontoscano said...

Great Quote Eugene. The challenging part of good activism involves being true and clear about your message without demonizing and de-humanizing your opponent. The goal is not to destroy them, but to help them to understand another way in hopes that they will miraculously become an ally with the shared values we have but cannot easily see.

Wonderful to see you last week!

Doorman-Priest said...

I am willing to join any conspiracy against fundamentalist evangelicals. Where do I sign?