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Thursday, October 27, 2016

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” — attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

As Dan Savage tells it, it began years ago when he’d go on CNN or MSNBC to discuss LGBT issues opposite the likes of Tony Perkins. Perkins heads the Family Research Council, a leading purveyor of the fiction that homophobia and Christianity are synonymous and inextricable.

“And invariably, after I would have an argument with Tony Perkins,” says Savage, “I would get emails from Christians and calls reassuring me that, in these exact words, ‘We’re not all like that. We’re not all like Tony Perkins. We’re not all anti-gay, all of us Christians.’ And I would write them back and say, ‘I know you’re not all like that. My mom is a Christian. I have really great friends who are Christians… You need to tell Tony Perkins you’re not all like that. He’s the one out there claiming to speak for all Christians. Get in his face. Don’t get in my face.'”

Savage, a gay blogger and author, coined an acronym for those people. He called them NALT — Not All Like That — Christians.

John Shore, a heterosexual author, blogger and Christian from San Diego who has known Savage for years, took that as a challenge. He and co-founder Evan Hurst went live last week with a new website, The Not All Like That Christians Project ( It’s modeled after a site Savage and his partner founded in 2010.

Their It Gets Better Project ( solicits videos telling bullied and harassed gay and lesbian kids that they’re not alone and encouraging them to hold on through the torment. The videos now number in the tens of thousands.

Not All Like That aims to replicate that success. It solicits videos from Christians tired of seeing their faith used as a club to batter gay and lesbian people. The site went online last week with a few dozen inaugural videos.

  • S1AMER

    Yes, I’m pleased to see decent people finally (maybe?) speaking up.

    But will they get on TV to counter Tony Perkins and his ilk? Unlikely, ’cause cable bookers want shouting heads and controversy, not reason and truth.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    I wonder how much money Tony Perkins has to pay these networks to get air time. Of course, I am always amused with his name, especially as the late actor, Anthony Perkins, came out of the closet years before he died.

  • Margiemfn

    NALTs can put their voice in their vote. That’s what really matters. It
    doesn’t help to claim you aren’t ‘that’ kind of Christian if you keep voting for
    the people that allow injustice to happen.

  • mah101

    People who practice hate, judgement and condemnation of others, exclusion and demand to control the lives and choices of others are, to put it simply, not Christians. It would be great if the press and popular culture stopped calling these radical fundamentalists christian groups simply because they claim to be. They do not follow the teachings or philosophy of Jesus, if anything they should be referred to as fundamentalist leviticans.

    There aren’t tolerant groups of Christians such as NALT and intolerant groups such as represented by Perkins. The latter simply are not Christians despite their transparent claims to the contrary.

  • howa4x

    I agree with Gandhi. While Christ was the embodiment of love universal love, Christians over the centuries have been the embodiment of hatred and murder in his name. Just think of how many Christians were burned at the stake by other Christians because they choose a different path. How many women were killed, the numbers are in the millions. Christians have practiced their religion as an excuse to kill, and persecute any faith that was different. It is one of the most blood thirsty religions to ever hit the planet. Today it is being used as an excuse to deny LGBT groups civil rights, as well as to deny climate change exists. It has been used to condone slavery, where over the centuries it is estimated that 400 million died, to deny the women the right to vote, and practice segregation. It has become synonymous with intolerance, and hypocrisy, a place where sex scandals of priests and other leaders are common.
    It is about time that Christians really followed the words of their savior and showed the love and compassion that he brought to earth.

    • Independent1

      I totally agree with your post, I only wish you had used the term Faux Christians as your post makes it sound like ALL Christians are as you describe; when I can assure you that there are Christians who do honestly try to live by what Jesus taught; and I emphasize TRY, as the path to salvation is not an easy one and was never intended to be, so none of us can be sure of reaching salvation until Jesus returns to judge our walk.

      Unfortunately, Jesus knew that there would be many who would pretend to be Christians, as he said beggining in Mathew 7:21>

      Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdowm of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evil-doers!

      While earlier in that chapter he had said>

      Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

      The world should not be suprised that the majority of those calling themselves Christians are actually Faux Christians, people only willing to follow what God wants to a degree that falls far short of what he would expect of us. As Jesus said there are only a few who are really working to be True Christians.
      It’s truely unfortunate that misguided shepards lead so many who think they’re following a path to salvation but are instead being lead to damnation.

      • howa4x

        Agreed I should have said most but not all

  • Allan Richardson

    As one of those Not All Like That Christians, I have been criticized by the “Christian Taliban” for not being “like that,” which is how they keep their flocks of sheep in line.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Same here, Allan. I actually had to change churches. WE have a lot of Christian Taliban in western PA.

  • JD Mulvey

    Many Christians actually don’t know that the modern political/evangelical movement is a recent historic development. They’re told that being a Christian equals being a conservative Republican, and that it always has, and too many believe it.

    The more the message gets out that Jesus and progressivism are compatible the less power people like Tony Perkins have.