Fear Shmear (campaign)
Rick, I know what you mean about the fear part. My point is that, much of the fear aspect would be eliminated if the lies and deception were absent. At that point we'd be able to agree to disagree significantly more than is possible now. The vitriolic hatred part wouldn't be complicating it.
It's easy enough to look at homosexuals and think that it's unnatural and then to have that confirmed by what you believe is God's inerrant Word. Without opposing information, eventually no distinction is made between personal disgust and "God's" disgust. Throw in the propensity for child molestation and every other social depravity and it all fits together. We truly are evil and something to be feared.
Absent what is NOT true, all that's left are personal feelings and words in a book, but not "threat."
Obviously I'm generalizing, but I think the lies are causing the fear which is what is preventing both sides from having any substantial rational dialogue. Which I think is key to any hope of resolution.
Nothing bad can ever happen.