We have all at some point or another heard someone say that God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. This saying is an excellent example of how a large number of Christian fundamentalist feel about the homosexual community. Studies have shown that there are more Christian homophobes than there is homophobia in any other group or religion in the United States (Wolff, J. R., Himes, H. L., Kwon, E., & Bollinger, R. A., 2012). Homophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. In Christianity, homophobia represents misunderstanding and fear of the unknown.
It is more difficult to understand something that one has not been exposed to or has not experienced. An example would be younger siblings, from the ages of two and four, that are jealous of the older child(ren) who have the ability to go to school. It can be explained to this child time and time again that school is not exactly fun and games, but he or she will only assume that (s)he is being lied to only to prevent them from throwing a tantrum. Children do not fully understand the complexity that school can offer until they have experienced it for themselves. Like the child that has not yet been exposed to school, many highly religious homophobes have not experienced any of their loved ones turning out to be gay. People with homosexual friends or family members (brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.) are less likely to judge someone on their sexual preferences(Wolff, J. R., Himes, H.L., Kwon, E., & Bollinger, R. A., 2012).
People who are raised in better accepting environments are also a lot less likely to be anti-gay than those who are not.(Chonody, J., Woodford, M. R., Smith, S., & Silverschanz, P., 2013). A good example of someone raised in a more accepting environment would be Daniel Radcliffe for he once said, “Realising that other people have a problem with (homosexuality) was the weirdest thing for me. As a kid it wasn’t even something that was mentioned. It was never something that was explained to me. It was just ‘That’s Mark, and he’s gay.’ Mark was just another friend of my dad’s who would talk about his boyfriend instead of his girlfriend. I was five. I didn’t care. It seemed perfectly normal, and still does.”(Rader, 2012).
Many homophobes have used Christianity as an excuse for hate crimes against homosexuals. They believe that homosexuality is a terrible sin and publicly announce it as so. An example would be the recent incident with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty being taken off of A&E for homophobic statements like “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Beastiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Many employees of Fox News immediately came to his defense. These people claimed that Robertson was only expressing his religious beliefs. Other employees, such as Peter Johnson Jr., believe that it did not quote the bible at all and there needs to be...