A christian blogger wrote a blog which refers to Ken Ham (creationist) using the label “compromising” christian to refer to any christian who disagrees with him, essentially using peer pressure to silence dissent against his very literal, narrow theology. This was my response:
As for the “compromising” thing, what is it napoleon said? “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet”. The great evil of religious dogma is not that it makes good people evil (it doesn’t), but that it is so effective at silencing them and crippling them socially and intellectually in the face of evil. How many american christians hate gay people and are out to harm them? Virtually none I would estimate. But yet they don’t get to inherit their partner’s possessions when they die or be buried next to them or be their medical proxy or have custody of their children or get survivor’s benefits or literally a thousand other rights – this harms gay people tremendously. And why? Because every christian in america who doesn’t hate gay people knows that if he stands up in church and says we should give them equal rights or that we should live and let live the only thing that anyone has to do to shut him or her down is say “that’s not what the bible says, are you saying the bible is wrong?!”
It’s selective and arbitrary and brutally efficient.