I was just privy to someone deflecting their church’s stance on gays (spoiler alert: they’re not fans) by going on and on about how much Jesus loves everyone. He’s so awesome and kind and loving! So many cuddles!
No one cares what you think your imaginary friend thinks. They care about how you actually treat them in real life. When they point out that your group is acting like asshats, and that hiding behind your holy book is a giant load of crap because you treat it like The Giant Book of Multiple Choice, singing about how awesome your imaginary friend is really doesn’t matter. Perhaps admit that you’re just picking and choosing passages that reinforce your own prejudices while ignoring those that don’t, and go about trying to justify your prejudices with real world reasons. We hate thieves too, and we have good real-world reasons for it, rather than fairy tales. We don’t hate gays because we recognize there is no real-world reason to do so, and plenty of reasons NOT to.