There has been quite a lot of discussion lately, on the internet and elsewhere, of the recent reports of gay teens (Tyler Clementi and at least four others) committing suicide after being bullied by their peers. Here is what Hemant Mehta ("The Friendly Atheist") had to say on this: "Perhaps if Christians pulled their heads out of their asses and realized that some people are simply gay and there’s nothing wrong with that regardless of what their despicable holy book says, there would be more gay teenagers alive today." In other words, Christianity causes gay suicides.
It's hard not to be aware that the Christian tradition seems (at least) to attract some very bigoted people. One notorious church has a website entitled "God Hates Fags." But does this make Christianity, or even "the Church," responsible for violence against gay people? It is reported (I think reliably) that at least one young gay man castrated himself because his minister had told him to do so. Are gay Christians somehow unconsciously contributors to their own suffering, simply by going to church? Is Richard Dawkins right when he insists that "even mild and moderate religion" fosters violence (p. 342)?
This is pertinent from a global perspective as well, which gives us (some would perhaps say) a more primal vantage point on the relation between religion and homophobia. Recent rioters in Serbia caused personal injury and general vandalism because they objected to the first first gay-rights march there in many years. It is reported that "Right-wing groups say the gay events run counter to Serbian family and religious values," and that "Death to gays!" seemed to be a favorite street slogan. So it's likely that lots of people at least think that their religion supports violence against gays.
Danny Mann has recently responded to attempts by some to link anti-gay violence to Christianity per se. Perhaps he would like to reprise his comments for us here, as a way of getting this part of our discussion going (This is really a soft lob over the plate!)