Hate speech. We talk about it—we debate it—but what is it?
The American Bar Association defines it as speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, origin, sexual orientation, disability or other traits.
So as a pastor do I have freedom of speech, freedom to call sin, sin?
My perspective is this: We’re at a turning point.
Pastors are often afraid to speak out on biblical issues. Why? Because sometimes when they do, they get an email on Monday morning saying, in effect, “Pastor, if you’re going to be political then we may have to look for another church.” Pastors under great pressure for “nickels, noses and numbers,” often capitulate to those few persons who say, “don’t be political.”
And to that I say, “I’m not being political—I’m being biblical!”