About the Author
Linda Patterson is a civil litigation attorney who lives in San Diego, California. Ms. Patterson was raised a Christian, but became an agnostic while taking courses in biblical studies at a Methodist University. After graduation, she married her college sweetheart- a man who she was with for nearly 7 years, until she recognized at the age of 28 that she is a lesbian. She attributes her belated realization to the homophobia that had been instilled in her as part of her Christian upbringing. She also believes that the constant onslaught of hatred and negativity that is directed at homosexual people by many Christians is based upon widespread misconceptions about what the Bible says about homosexuality. She therefore took a sabbatical from her legal career to rigorously research the issue of homosexuality and the Bible, and to share her discoveries in Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality.