Linda Patterson is a civil litigation attorney who lives in San Diego, California. Ms. Patterson was raised a Christian, but became an agnostic while taking courses in biblical studies at a Methodist University. After graduation, she married her college sweetheart-a man who she was with for nearly 7 years, until she recognized at the age of 28 that she is a lesbian. She attributes her belated realization to the homophobia that had been instilled in her as part of her Christian upbringing. She also believes that the constant onslaught of hatred and negativity that is directed at homosexual people by many Christians is based upon widespread misconceptions about what the Bible says about homosexuality. She therefore took a sabbatical from her legal career to rigorously research the issue of homosexuality and the Bible, and to share her discoveries in Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality.
Hate Thy Neighborby Linda J Patterson
One of the most widely recognized teachings of Jesus is to "love your neighbor as yourself." Unfortunately, many Christians seem to ignore this extraordinarily laudable exhortation when it comes to their homosexual neighbors. Hate Thy Neighbor is a must-have resource for people wishing to defend themselves, their friends, or their family against those who misuse the Bible to condemn homosexuality.
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As a lay scholar of the Bible and a former ministerial student who is interested in all aspects of religion in our lives, I attended the lecture Ms. Patterson gave in Seattle in December 2009. There, we had an audience of mostly intelligent people who listened with courtesy and questioned with intelligence; and then there were the expected few fanatics who couldn't believe anyone would talk (intelligently or otherwise) against their Bible! Well, she's right. And the fanaticism she faced in that library room is endemic to the discussion of ethics, morality, race, sexual orientation, liberty, free speech, freedom of & from religion in America ..... the Christian right-wing has turned debate into terrorism. Her book exudes passion for her subject, as it well should; her arguments are sound and well researched, as well they should be; but her audience will be small and divided, since most people, I fear, will not be able to read and understand her message without impugning the messenger. If you are a Christian, read this and THINK about what you read. Turn off, for just a minute, the indoctrination you have received and willingly submit to, and ponder her insights. There is a message here and we can all benefit from it, whether we are personally a believer or an agnostic; whether we are heterosexual or homosexual. Let's follow Ms. Patterson's example and return to reasoned debate, and leave the caustic sloganisms in the closet!