Had an interesting moment today. One of the more popular sites online (I won't say which) has a forum for LGBT people. I decided, why not go read what's going on there? In the process, I stumbled on a religious/Christianity thread. You know, 'How do you square your sexuality with your church's teaching?'
After reading for a while, I decided to weigh in and clarify Catholic teaching on same-sex behavior, etc. No, the Church doesn't condemn you just for being gay. No, such and such is not sinful, this is. No, it's not just 'God says', here are some Natural Law considerations. Staying polite, and also relatively on-topic for the thread. I mean, I tend to argue these things on Catholic or Atheist sites. But this? This is relatively new.
Boom. In comes the ban. (Seems to be a thing lately - I should really keep a tally of this.) I knew it was coming - but I couldn't shake the impression that if someone were posting and was a huge bigoted idea of the 'You faggots are disgusting and going to HELL' variety, I'd have been able to stick around. You know, the whole WBC thing. Presenting that image of people who are critical of same-sex behavior is important.
The whole experience was positive, however. In fact, the ban in this case was the most encouraging part of all. It's a glimmer, but it tells me that a calm, level-headed, direct and fair treatment of this subject spooks some people in the LGBT activist brigade. I couldn't have asked for a more straightforward endorsement in a way.
I think I'm going to dial back on this issue for a bit and comment on some other things soon - I find the topic fascinating, but I don't want a monofocus; there's other issues worth talking about.