I've read your application and as someone who lives in a town that's primarily Catholic, conservative, and not very welcoming towards non-Caucasian "pagan" people, I really appreciate your tolerance of different beliefs. ^^
This is the thing:
As a Christian, I'm supposed to model the way Jesus wants me to live, which should naturally intrigue people, since God has instilled that same desire in all people. Now when I don't, I as a sinner am turning them away from Jesus.
My major problem with non-religious people is that, just as there are a lot of pushy Christians, there are a lot of pushy non-Christians who believe that they need to make everyone do what they want. Like the gay couple who wanted a business to be forced to make a cake for their wedding, when the business owner said that it was against their beliefs.
I guess the question is, where do you draw the line? Personally, I would have made the cake for them, as it's not my place to judge them, I'll leave that up to God. BUt should I be forced to?
My half-sister is gay, and lives with her partner in Vienna. We hadn't talked since my dad's passing in 1995, and she was hesitant to reconnect since she knows I'm a devout Christian. I guess she assumed that I'd disapprove of her lifestyle. I'm more of the belief that sexuality is on a scale from heterosexual to homosexual, and there are degrees in that scale, from completely homosexual, to bisexual, to completely heterosexual.
Maybe this is related to a chemical imbalance in the brain(the isthmus, part of the corpus callosum, is larger is gay males versus non-gay males), maybe it's a sin that we are supposed to overcome(like alcohol, drugs, adultery), or maybe we are just supposed to love who we want. I do not know.
What I do know is that Jesus asks us to love others like He loves us. Since He died for all our sins because of His love for us, I think that it is hard for us to understand.
I think Christians focus much to much on homosexuality. Jesus doesn't mention it in the New Testament. He does however mention divorce in Matthew Ch. 5.
Things to think about...