I should be used to it by now, but it still bothers me that some of the same people who say they hate Muslims because of their intolerance have no problem with stuff like this (thanks for the tip, netdur):
In case you’re wondering what this is about, in many parts of the U.S. it is acceptable for teachers to be openly gay. In California, they won the battle back in 1978. Programs that teach tolerance to kids, not just of gays but of all minorities, are common in many cities. This cartoon from a Christian website mocks that trend. The teacher promoting tolerance looks like a witch. The devils on the men’s shoulders contradict her claim that “this is an ordinary, loving family God has blessed.”
Later in the story, we learn that in the fantasy world of this comic strip, it is forbidden for children to even mention the Bible while they are in school. When a boy speaks up against the gay couple, the teacher threatens him with punishment. On their way home, a Bible-reading girl tells her friends they will be “cast into fire” unless they stay away from gays. Because the Bible is practically a banned book, they never heard this before. They immediately thank her and start to pray.
In the real Bible, not this fantasy one, there are sayings like, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Also, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” In other words, don’t attack others for faults you have yourself. It strikes me as profoundly un-Christian to see Christians attacking Muslims for intolerance, when at the same time they are using the Bible to condemn others for showing too much tolerance!
I can’t prove that God exists or that He doesn’t, but I’m sure of one thing. If God does exist, we have no way to know what He is thinking. How can we can tell which of us He will cast into the fire, and which of us He will save? Claiming to know is the sin of vanity. On the other hand, both the Bible and the Qur’an promise us that God’s mercy far outweighs His judgment. So it’s quite possible that the gay couple’s love is blessed, as the teacher says, even though the cartoon mocks her for it.
The last thing Christians should do is condemn other religions for intolerance, when there is so much evidence of it in their own faith.