Bigot Christians Cry About How Hard It Is To Be Homophobic In Their Own ‘It Gets Better’ Video (VIDEO/TWEETS)

You can always count on bigots to take widespread social issues like homophobia and reframe it to say that THEY’RE the ones being discriminated against. A ridiculous video recently created by conservative nonprofit Catholic Vote is no different, and it serves as a “coming out” of all religious homophobes.

Edited in a similar style that mirrors Dan Savage’s 2010 “It Gets Better” LGBT campaign, young Catholic adults sit in front of the camera, tears brimming in their eyes as they tell viewers how hard it is to be a bigot in today’s world, all while offering encouragement to their fellow God-fearing homophobes that one day they will be accepted for who they are. You can watch this monstrosity, titled “Not Alone,” below:

One of the six people in the clip says:

“I know a lot of people who are gay. I have friends who are gay; I don’t fear them, you know? They’re wonderful people. I love them. What I do feel insecure about is speaking from the heart, and being really open and honest about what I believe.”

Another woman talks about how frightening it is to be in a minority that discriminates against love:

“I am a little bit nervous about people hearing that I am this way and thinking, ‘She’s not welcome here.'”

Another admits:

“I’ve tried to change this before, but it’s too important to me.”

It’s a lot of idiocy to take in at once, and the reactions to “Not Alone” have been ranging from disbelief to amusement to anger. While Catholic Vote describes itself as “a community of patriotic Americans who believe our nation’s founding principles are good and true, and worth fighting for,” Out Magazine called the organization an “up-and-coming comedy group” and called the video “a joke.” Others took to Twitter and ripped the film apart for the way it tried to mask bigotry.

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“It doesn’t take much searching to find the growing hatred and bigotry directed at people of faith. Businesses are being shuttered. Prominent newspapers and magazines are calling for an end to tax exemption of religious groups.”

He doesn’t think the film is insensitive, either.

“We don’t feel it is disrespectful at all. The young people [in the video] were speaking from the heart to the millions of American young people who are conflicted after being told they have to accept same-sex marriage or be branded a bigot. Gays deserve dignity and respect, and so do Christians.”

But it IS insensitive, and it IS disrespectful. By showing those actors as being scared to “come out” about their beliefs, they are painting themselves as victims of oppression — which they’re not. What makes it even more offensive is its similarity to the “It Gets Better” campaign, which was created to support LGBT youth that were at risk for suicide, depression and bullying. Those are serious, life-threatening issues, compared to the slight discomfort one might feel from having a different belief about something. Admitting that you oppose gay marriage does not even come close — and never will — to coming out as gay.

This disgraceful film is making its rounds all over the Internet, but it’s fortunately getting more backlash than support. Judging by those reactions and the Supreme Court’s recent legalization of gay marriage across 50 states, it’s NOT going to get better for homophobes — and that’s a really good thing.

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