John M. Becker

Religious Homophobes Prone to Physical Aggression

Filed By John M. Becker | September 04, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch
Tags: aggression, Belgium, Christianity, homophobic aggression, love the sinner, love the sinner hate the sin, religion-based bigotry, religion-based homophobia, religiosity, scientific study

love_sinner_hate_sin.jpg"Love the sinner, hate the sin" is a phrase that most LGBT people have heard dozens and dozens of times. It's a favorite trope for religious homophobes, who use it to disingenuously sanitize their opposition to LGBT rights and convince themselves that it's nothing personal so they can sleep better at night.

We all know that this hollow platitude is nothing but masturbatory bullshit, a convenient untruth. But a new study from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium suggests that "love the sinner, hate the sin" is not just a feel-good myth but a deception, and that people with anti-LGBT religious views are more inclined to inflict pain on pro-equality gay people when given the chance.

Gay Star News reports:

Christians listened to a gay person praising progress in LGBT rights. They were told he didn't like spice but were allowed to give him as much 'Xtra hot' chili sauce as they wanted for him to eat.

They gave more of the painfully-hot chili sauce than to a 'neutral' target who had spoken about technological progress instead of gay issues.

The full paper will be published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, likely within a year.

In an abstract on the university's website the study's authors note that religious people were far more prone to "love their neighbor" when that neighbor was similar to them: "religiosity predicted helping, in a real life context, of an ingroup member in need."

They conclude that religion-based homophobic aggression is real and "at the heart of personal religiosity."

Chilling, isn't it?

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