As a preliminary caveat, I think it’s only prudent to say that confrontations—especially with irrational people—have a non-trivial potential for escalating into violence, and we need to understand that and be careful to avoid it. Knowing when to shut up and let the store/security staff take over can be key.
That said, it might be fun to ask, as a mental exercise, what would be a good question to ask a hate-preacher if they happened to storm in to your local Target and begin harassing innocent shoppers?
If I saw they were carrying a bible, my first question would likely be, “Would you please show me, in that Bible, where it says that bathrooms have to be segregated by gender?” There is no such verse of course, so it would help to start things off on the right foot by confronting them with the fact that they’re ranting about something that isn’t even Biblical.
My second question would be, “Does God have an opposite sex? In other words, are there any female gods?” You can’t be attracted to the opposite sex if there’s no such thing as the opposite sex, so it might help to establish that God doesn’t even have the option of being heterosexual. In Christianity, there are three male divine persons, so God could potentially be homosexual, or maybe asexual, but without any female of his own species, he cannot, by nature, be hetero.
The third question, then, would be “Are we all made in God’s image, or is God made in our image?” We, obviously, do have more than one gender, and many of us have very strong sexual urges and lusts. If God is merely an imaginary character modeled after our own instincts and desires, then it would make sense that he would be as obsessed with the sexual behavior of mortals as we are, but if he’s actually a real, non-heterosexual, non-reproducing spiritual being, then there’s no reason for him to have such irrational and unhealthy obsessions. Certainly not to the point of wanting to hurt people who are minding their own business and doing no harm to anybody.
I think by that point it would be hard to predict where the conversation would go, assuming it could even get that far, but it’s fun to speculate about. And who knows, it might even come in useful some day.
What would you ask?