In a radio segment published online Monday, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly insisted that being gay “is not a super sin,” saying that parents should not condone it, but they also shouldn’t completely reject their children over it either.
“I don’t mean this controversially but it may sound controversial,” he began, responding to a question from a listener. “The one big thing is, homosexuality is not a super sin. It’s one of many, including adultery [and] other things, lying, cheating, gossiping. It’s right there on the list.”
“So often, I think in the Christian community, because of the political nature of it today, that we tend to raise it up as something worse than all the others,” he added.
The group has since attempted to rebrand itself as less focused on cultural controversies and more focused on helping the poor, reducing the abortion rate and advocating for immigrants, although Focus on the Family’s leading critics don’t really buy the supposed change.
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