When we are searching for something to believe in, what we are really searching for is something or someone to tell us how to feel. The minute someone or something else tells you what to feel, you stop living your own life and are the empty automaton of another. The search for freedom is the search for self.
Any demand that you forfeit your humanity to accommodate superstitious nonsense needs to be vigorously pushed against, hard and unapologetically. If you don’t, if you stay silent in the name of diversity and peace, you will lose yourself and society in the process.
For all their bluster and frothing mouths, Conservative Evangelicals care nothing for moral conduct. They just don’t. They only want public proclamations of faith and loyalty to the tribe.
This is the worst part of the story: that Evangelical Conservatives perfectly understand how horrifying and abusive it is and yet they still adore it.
Maybe they will laugh at you. Maybe they will call you stupid. Maybe they will call you crazy. But you have to keep saying it.
My purpose is not a broadside swath of attacks against Christianity at large or even Evangelicalism in the broad sense. It is therefore important that I distinguish between groups to avoid offending innocent parties or repel potential allies.