It's Sunday. Let's talk about religion. Yeah, I know you're not supposed to talk about
religion, but I wanted to bring it up in relation to your writing. Has anyone had
problems/encounters with their church or religious leaders because of their books? I've heard of some. Some people seem to have missed the Biblical verses about "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Since I've moved back to my hometown, I've been visiting different churches. My writing is not something I volunteer to everyone. Not because I'm ashamed or anything like that. I'm just a shy, modest woman. (Okay, Connie and Carla, quit laughing!) Let me say, I'm Southern Baptist. I even live in a dry county in the heart of the Bible Belt.
One church I visited a few Sundays ago seemed a bit different than others. Back at home when I mentioned to my husband I wasn't sure why Planned Parenthood was bad
(this was in the sermon), he said only half joking, Stay away from those people. They find out about your books, they'll burn you at the stake. (I've since figured out the reference to PP.) The funny thing was that when I was sitting by the Sunday School teacher during the sermon, it occurred to me that she would be horrified to know I write "sex". I've never really thought that about anyone I've met in a church, stranger or not. Not that I think it's tied to certain denominations. Within each, there are some practitioners more conservative than others.
My brother is a Southern Baptist minister, but he's never commented. I surmise it's because he hasn't read anything I've written.
Anyway, I was just curious about others' experiences. How have you handled someone who judges you based on what you write?