|Rainbow American flag promoting equality for every American. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At the same time, I have to admit that I'm a bit worried about how some of our more conservative Christian neighbors may react when the ban falls (I'm being optimistic here and saying "when" instead of "if"). While it has been encouraging to see some pastors breaking ranks with the majority, many evangelical fundamentalist Christian pastors remain steadfast in their opposition to LGBT equality. They have had decades to convince their congregants that same-sex marriage is an affront to their god. As a result, I do not expect such attitudes to shift overnight. Recognizing that the anti-LGBT hatred runs deep leads me to worry about the possibility of retaliatory acts by outraged Christians.
I am not suggesting that any of us should allow fear of Christian reprisal to hold us back. Far from it. As atheists, I suspect we can agree that fear has kept us silent about too many things for long enough. What I am suggesting is that I think we should be prepared for some nasty reactions when the ban does fall. I hope that we are prepared to go out of our way to provide support to our LGBT neighbors who may need it.
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