Numerous culture warriors in July pointed to Sweden’s enforcement of laws against antigay defamation as proof that all gay activists are intolerant of antigay Christians. (Google search of news articles and rants.)

Exodus spokesman Randy Thomas was quick to judge gay activists in general, citing WorldNetDaily as his sole source.

Bad idea.

Gay-spirituality columnist Joe Perez was more resourceful. Initially he condemned Sweden’s alleged intolerance for antigay sermonizing, but he went a step further: He wrote to the Swedish gay activist group. The group replied, and on July 19 Perez posted a fuller version of the story — deflating some (but not all) of the culture warriors’ reason for outrage.

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