I may be a reluctant atheist, but I like this church sign a lot.
It makes me wonder:
How hateful and ignorant must you be to stand against same sex marriage, gender neutral restrooms, and the happiness of my LGBTQ friends because it's what The Bible says while blatantly ignoring so many of The Bible's other clear and specific rules.
Exodus 21:17: And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Leviticus 25:44: Your male and female slaves are to be from the nations around you; you may purchase male and female slaves.
Leviticus 19:19 You are to keep my statutes. Do not crossbreed two different kinds of your livestock, sow your fields with two kinds of seed, or put on a garment made of two kinds of material.
That's right. According to The Bible, slavery is perfectly fine (even Jesus never spoke out against it), polyester is forbidden, and just about every child in America should eventually be put to death.
Of course, these ridiculous rules are ignored by most Christians, whereas the rules forbidding homosexuality should be strictly enforced in the minds of many religious folk, not because The Bible says so, but because they are using The Bible to defend their own personal bigotry.
Opposition to the LGBTQ community and same sex marriage has nothing to do with religion. It's just awful, stupid, self-serving bigots hiding behind their Bibles instead of acknowledging the hatred and ignorance in their hearts.
In case there was ever a question as to which laws of The Bible should be followed and which can be ignored, Jesus was strikingly clear on this issue, too. When specifically asked:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Mark 12:30-32: Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Love thy neighbor. Gay or straight. Cisgender or transgender. Black or white. Mexican or American. Old or young. Muslim, Jew, Christian, or nonbeliever.
Love your neighbor, damn it. That's it. That's all you need to do.
That's why I like this sign so much.