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Christian Conservatives Vs. Christian Radicals

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Posted on February 11 2010 1:23 am
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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This is the first post in NRB’s new Radical Spirit sub-blog. The Radical Spirit is devoted to debate and discussion between NRB bloggers. It will also feature interviews and debates with guests.

Calvin,

I’ve tremendously appreciated your recent posts taking to task Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council for his statements that gay sex between two consenting adults should be a criminal offense.

I think one of the most important aspects of your critique is that it crystallizes the difference between a Christian conservative and a Christian radical. A Christian conservative sees homosexuality as immoral and opposes gay marriage. A Christian radical sees homosexuality as an offense worthy of death and opposes gays walking the streets.

Christian conservatives’ views are well within the realms of respectability. You and I can disagree on social matters like homosexuality, traditional morality, and abortion and still remain allies.

On the other hand, Christian radicals’ views are intolerable. And your response recognizes that.

The reality that most leftists cannot grasp — either out of malice or ignorance — is that Christian radicals are a fringe minority whose views are despised by true Christian conservatives. And the myth of the “crazy Christian radical” as the rank-and-file Christian conservative is an important one for maintaining the progressive faith.

So I fully support your efforts to smash this myth by standing up for true Christian conservatives. Doing so benefits not just Christian conservatives but all of Conservatism.

Regards,

David

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