Of course, I am not simply referring to homosexuality and all that applies to that particular lifestyle. I am also referring to lifestyles lead by strippers, prostitutes (though there are certain unfortunate reasons that put some of those poor people in that position, but I'm not referring to those precisely), Incestuous couples, and people that either sleep around with multiple partners or just sleep with one lover at a time until they get married. There are others but this is all that I can think of at the top of my head.
No, I don't like the way you guys live your lives. No I do not have to accept the way you live your lives. I can tolerate it, sure, but I'm not going to vote for something that is against my moral convictions whether I am religious or not.
With that being said, this does NOT give either side an excuse to treat each other like the scum of the earth. Contrary to popular belief, not every Christian (or Abrahamic based religion) wants homosexuals and other sinners to burn in the fiery pits of hell. What is said about Hitler need not apply here (lol). But that is not the point of Christianity. Christianity is a lifestyle of modesty, in reality, and not a lifestyle that alienates people from the world. Sadly, many people treat it like that. It is also not a lifestyle based solely on blind love as some Christians try to make it. It is a lifestyle of reason, deep philosophical thinkers that merely want to understand the universe that God has created for us to observe. Due to the way many of my constituents act, I can understand how hard this is to accept, but may I link you to at least one church website (with audio and notes on pdf) to show you? [link]
I'm not trying to convert anyone, I just simply want you to understand that not every Sunday church goer listens to "sermons" or "preachers". Some of us love teachers too.
Now, I am also very much aware of the fact that there are people in the non-christian (and chrisitian) community who live a lifestyle that I don't agree with. As for Christians, all I can say is that you know what the Lord says about certain things and that, ultimately, it is between you and God. All I can do is encourage you and, maybe even, exhort you lovingly. But, even so, you are brothers and sisters in Christ even if you don't follow His walk completely. So long as you believe and trust that Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again from the grave three days later and that he is, not just the son of God, but also God himself, I will see you in heaven. Those of you who are not Christians and live the lifestyles that I do not agree with please understand that I do not hate you. I understand that me not thinking or accepting you for who you are seems as a slight against everyone who is like you, but its not. I don't like or agree with everyone listening to pop music. I think communism is moronic. I disagree with a lot of things that people like, but I don't hate the people who think that way.
So, what I'm trying to say is, Christians: stop acting like stark raving lunatics. You have no reason to unless there is some serious hurt going on from the other side (like if gay rights activists go into a Chick-fil-a restaurant and vandalize and insult and hurt the innocent employees *Do not deny that this happened there are too many witnesses*). Respond to them, but don't react. Reacting isn't always the best thing to do. Others: stop acting like the world revolves around you (and I can say this to Christians too, so both sides take a look at both of my addresses) and your lifestyle. If each of you puts aside your differences and talk you might actually be able to civilly discuss your matters without the kicking and screaming.
Thank you and good day.