My blogger friend Bob Felton - a straight man living in North Carolina who is an engineer by training - and I have never met. We have read each other's blogs for years now and occasionally exchange e-mails or Facebook communications. Like me, Bob holds a very dim view of religion, especially fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity. He credits me with changing his thinking on gays and gay rights. He often comes up with very apt summations of the evils of religion and the foulness of the "godly folk." He hit a bulls-eye with this quote responding to one of my posts:
WE DO KNOW now that there is a lot more to sexuality than plumbing, that sexual orientation is a biological switch that is set before birth; virtually every biologist and medical researcher on earth will tell you that. The refusal to accept that, and instead constrict the lives of others in deference to the things written by some Bronze Age anonymity, goes to character.
Let me elaborate so that there is no confusion about what I’m saying: When Pastor Bubba or your Auntie Grizelda howls and bellows that it doesn’t matter what scientists say because Leviticus says everything anybody needs to know about the subject, he or she is exhibiting bad character and decent, educated adults should avoid them.
In addition to taxing churches, one of the main ways the evils of fundamentalist Christianity is to make its adherents social and political outcasts. Truly decent people should avoid them and give them no deference whatsoever.