My friend Giacomo runs the site Orthodoxy in Dialogue, which has quickly become the standard bearer for LGBTQ+ people gaining acceptance in the Orthodox Church. And this has made him a target for a fundamentalist contingent which has a lot in common with MAGAts, many modern white Evangelical/Fundamentalist churches, and a certain anti-Francis segment of the Catholic Church.
We have learned a lot about gender variations over the past 2000 years, things which people just didn’t know back when the Bible was written, just as with human reproduction (people used to think there were little men in sperm) and astronomy. If the Church truly is not against science, then it has to admit when it’s pushing views that are hopelessly antiquated. But some people are against any kind of change even when it’s desperately needed.
Many of us want people to be allowed to marry whoever they want and stay in full communion. This isn’t about allowing licentiousness or promiscuity or pedophilia in the church–homophobic tropes where people just assume if you’re gay, you must be in favor of these things as well. Society in general has been moving toward acceptance, but some just want to drag us backwards again.
For several years, Giacomo Sanfilippo has been subject to various attacks for trying to change hearts in the Orthodox churches so they can be safe spaces for believers who are LGBTQ+. He’s been slandered, libeled, sued for defamation, and now he’s been doxxed on Twitter. They’re trying to get him in trouble with his bishop. It’s being done by a group of people who claim to be “Christian” and call him and his allies “wolves.”
But I’ve seen a sample of their behavior online, and–to paraphrase John Fugelsang–I’ve seen atheists who are better Christians than these people. They have no idea what Christianity is. They’re the pack of wolves. They harass, troll, abuse, and give Christ a black eye with everything they do. They need to get off the frickin’ Twitter, sit down with the Red Letters of Christ, and come to repentance for the hate that fills their hearts, because right now it’s Satan they’re serving, not God.