Last point, then I’m done: This story seems to place the arguments of Patricia and her ilk in the same category as those who claim that they have biblically based reasons to oppose same-sex marriage. I’ve heard from many in the latter category who can make persuasive arguments citing specific scripture, overall biblical narrative, classically-held doctrine, and philosophically sound reasons for their view. I also recognize that even the Christian parent of a child wishing to enter into a same-sex marriage can love that child, support that child, pour out her heart for that child, and be willing to take a bullet for that child, while holding to the belief that same-sex marriage is not right in God’s eyes — meaning, just because she disagrees on this point does not mean she hates her child.

On the other hand, the simple truth about Patricia and those who claim/claimed to have religious (or “theological” as you’ve called them) reasons for supporting racial segregation is this: they don’t. There has never been a persuasive argument citing specific scripture, overall biblical narrative, classically-held doctrine, and philosophically sound reasons for racial segregation. Thus, these persons were fueled by either hatred or ignorant trust of someone fueled by hatred, where neither type of person consulted the scriptures in any serious way.

I think this is an important distinction to make, so that we don’t put someone like the mother described above — who has at least done her homework and arrived at a reasoned conclusion for disagreeing with the enterprise of same-sex marriage but who still loves and cares deeply for her child and his partner (these types of people do exist) — in the same camp as those who allow their hatred to either blind them to scripture or usurp God as their ultimate authority in life.

If you can provide examples and evidence that I’m mistaken, I’d appreciate being corrected. Thank you.

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