In an article subtitled "Standing Firm," a Christian "Good News" site tells the rather sad story of a young gay man who was ousted from Psalms 100, a Christian Choir at the University of North Carolina whose mission is "to spread the joy of the Lord through song." You can probably tell that the article was a bit slanted by the subtitle "Standing Firm."
Most of the students and faculty are properly outraged at this Christian group that professes God's love but rejects one of their own because God chose (or so they believe) to make the man gay. It's discriminatory and appears to violate the University's anti-discrimination policy.
But they're missing the point.
The real problem is religion itself. As long as we have religions that teach mythology as fact, morality is absolute and only from God, and feelings and faith are more important than rational thinking, then we're going to have this sort of bigotry. It's not that they're misinterpreting the Bible: their whole way of thinking is wrong.
Christians, Jews and Muslims are taught from an early age to accept authority without question, to ignore obvious contradictions and hypocrisy, and to value faith over rational thought. They're taught that their holy books, which contain thousands of contradictions, errors of fact, and clearly immoral lessons, are actually the inspired word of a loving God. They're taught that if they don't swallow this philosophy, they're evil, bad people who will be punished horribly. And they're taught that if they don't stick to the dogma, they'll be shunned by their community, friends, and even their own mother, father, brothers and sisters.
Is it any wonder that with this background, a group of young, intelligent college students can't accept that homosexuality isn't a choice, and that their message of spreading God's love isn't compatible with kicking out a devoted Christian?