At his organization’s website, Fowler writes he’s worried that the world’s hate — all of which seems to come from liberals of course — will stifle the reasonable discussions that earnest, sincere extremists like himself want to hold.
If expressed disagreement is now the definition of hate and we’re all now haters and every organization with a position on anything is now a hate group, how does that advance intelligent, rational discussion about the issues of the day?
To support his point, Fowler goes to the Gospel:
But for us Christians, as long as we are speaking the truth and doing so graciously, then we need to grapple with something Jesus said:
Blessed are you when men hate you and ostracize you, and cast insults at you and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. Luke 6:22, 23 (NASB)
If we Christians remain silent when accused of being hateful, then we need to ask ourselves this question: “Were these words meant to be encouragement to stand firm when called a ‘hater’ or was Jesus wrong on this one?”
Fowler, by the way, has written a letter to The Tennessean to claim that he's been misunderstood.