Haha, what a bunch of hypocritical assholes.
You can't say you're all about "loving people" while saying an entire group of people are "sinners" and going to hell because of how they were born.
Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but I see proclaiming that a very large population of people you've never met are by nature immoral and evil as somewhat malicious. If you want to talk about harm, look at the number of gay students who commit suicide. That's why I don't act passively toward homophobia. It's hate speech, it would be considered hate speech if it was about any other large group, and on the bigger scale, it has tangible harm.
You don't think it's a bit of a stretch to extrapolate from "homosexuality is a sin" to "homosexuals are evil"??
Granted I can see why a lot of people conflate these two things: Christian fanatics and extremists are by far the loudest and when they
call something a sin they sure as hell don't sugarcoat that what they mean is that they believe--let alone wish--that the sinner will burn in literal hellfire for all eternity.
But then there are those like Reynolds who I'd argue are the majority of Christians who only mean to say--and did indeed imply--that sinners are broken and most importantly forgiven
through Christ or whatever. That is not the same as condemnation. And like those few that have posted about him being generalized and branded as a 'homophobe', I agree and don't think he should be lumped in with the crazies.