Houston Pastor Clarifies Anti-Gay Position, Researchers Show Critical Thinking Often Trumps Belief

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Oh good god (pun intended), they're at it again. At PQ, we believe it's our obligation to wade through some of the televised drivel to bring you the best in, well, drivel. This weekend, a mega church pastor in Houston railed on and on about how believing homosexuality is a sin doesn't mean he's a "gay-hater." This went down, of course, on Fox News--and was first reported by The Advocate. We found it fitting to share some of his "best" one-liners here. (All pulled from the Advocate piece.) Though he actively preaches against homosexuality, the pastor in question--Joel Osteen--said the following: “I believe the Scripture says that being gay is a sin. But, you know, every time I say that, people say, well, you are a gay hater and you’re a gay basher. I’m not. I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the Scripture says, and that’s the way I read the Scripture.†Their euphemisms are sure getting tricky! Remind you of anyone? When pressed about same-sex marriage rights--and things like domestic partnerships for gay couples--Osteen said "he had no problem with limited rights, such as allowing for hospital visitation." He said: "I think there should be some. I'm not for gay marriage, but I'm not for discriminating against people." Huh? So the lone "right" he'd be willing to extend is visiting a sick, ill partner in the hospital? Maybe he's confused about what discrimination is. Anyway, the piece ends citing a new study that "provides evidence that analytical thinking can undercut religious belief"--at least according to a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia. Check out those details here. There's also a link to the original interview. But, you know, since science and research remain conspiracies, it's hard to know who to believe, right? (<--sarcasm) Thoughts on how best engage such believers, dear readers? Weigh in below.