Faith Evans, a senior pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Denver, said her husband and two daughters are both atheist.
“He says, ‘Oh my God, I can’t imagine that, it just doesn’t make sense,'” Evans said.
“I said, ‘I don’t know what he’s talking about, what do you mean?’
He said, ‘(I’m not an atheist) because we’re not having any conversations.'”
Evans’ children are both Christian, and Evans is not.
She said she has tried to explain to her children that there are good and bad reasons for their faith.
But, she said, “I don.
They don’t understand.”
Evans said her daughter is now a practicing atheist and that her husband is “really into atheism.”
The family has two children, one of whom is now in college.
“We’re very lucky,” Evans said, adding that she is “not surprised” that she was the target of so much hate.
“It just doesn, I don’t even know what to say about it.”
Evans, who is white, said that her family has been through a lot of adversity.
“In my mind, it doesn’t matter,” she said.
Evans said she is working on making her children and other families understand that they don’t have to choose between their faith and their children’s faith.
“They are both equally important, equally precious,” she explained.
“What we are talking about is our children, and that’s all they are.”
A number of the victims of hate crimes have been LGBTQ people, Evans said; the victims are often targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is about being able to love all people, regardless of who they are, no matter their sexual identity, no, no,” Evans told The Hill.
“That’s what we are fighting for.”
In the wake of recent attacks on LGBTQ people in the United States, and after an overwhelming majority of the public said they opposed hate crimes, the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, said in a statement that “our country is not built on hatred.”
“The LGBTQ community is at the epicenter of this hate, and we are here today to make sure we can fight against it,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in the statement.
“As Americans, we must all come together to fight hate and bigotry in all its forms.”
In a statement on Friday, the National LGBTQ Task Force said that “the violence perpetrated on LGBTQ Americans in the last week was deeply troubling, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and loved ones who have been affected by these attacks.”
For more than a year, St. Paul police have been investigating and charging at least two hate crimes against LGBTQ people: one on June 14 and another on July 3. “
The actions we are taking to support these families and protect our communities, and the actions we take to ensure we are a place where all can live and work free from violence, are all part of a larger effort to end hate and discrimination.”
For more than a year, St. Paul police have been investigating and charging at least two hate crimes against LGBTQ people: one on June 14 and another on July 3.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis has been the scene of several hate crimes.
On June 29, two people vandalized the building with anti-LGBTQ slurs, according to a news release from the St. Matthews Episcopal Church.
On July 3, police responded to a report of vandalism and two people assaulted a woman at a car wash in St Louis.
Police said the victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In all, police say there have been four incidents since May of 2017 targeting LGBTQ people.
Stonewall, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBTQ rights, has documented dozens of cases in which LGBTQ people have been victims of discrimination.
For more information, visit stonewall.org/cases.