Archive for December 1st, 2008

“Homosexuality is an Abomination”

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I read a gay-hate letter in the newspaper yesterday by a local Black Minister. I know many people will hesitate to criticize this nitwit because of a) his color and b) his title. I will not be so constrained. A dope by any other name is still a dope.

The Reverend was outraged because some say the struggle for gay rights can be compared to the long battle for the rights of Black people. Additionally he said that homosexuality is a “choice” and the Bible says it’s “an abomination.”

Ignorance is not a sin but citing the Bible for your own purposes certainly should be. Ignorance? Homosexuality is NOT a choice. There are numerous scientific studies stating that it is a genetically – induced behavior. I could cite some sources here but they’re pretty much old news and this guy wouldn’t read them anyway.

The Bible is a nice collection of stories written hundreds of years after Jesus died. Few Christians believe in its literal interpretation. The teachings in the New Testament have survived for centuries because they are the foundation of civilized society.

But the Old Testament is a trip! To really believe that Noah built an arc to carry thousands of animals – and the rest of the golden oldies – requires more LSD than I ever ate. So OK – people have a right to believe whatever nonsense they want to believe. But NOWHERE does it say the Bible is a smorgasbord from which you can pick and choose what rocks YOUR fears. If you believe ANY of it literally , you’re kind of stuck with the rest of it.

Leviticus DID say homosexuality is an abomination; it also said eating shellfish is an abomination. It also states I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. (No exemptions are mentioned for Canadians.)

Men should have no contact with a woman while she’s in her “period of menstrual uncleanness” (I’ve found it’s not a good idea to ask them when that is – especially during an argument.)

Exodus sanctions selling daughters into slavery and insists people working on the Sabbath should be put to death. (I guess they had some REAL strong Unions then.)

There are many other knee-slappers in the Old Testament – but using selected parts of the Scriptures to bully people is not funny. And it’s a long, long way from holy.