|By Brendan Hickey, via Wikimedia Commons|
If we are going to understand this, we might as well take a look at what the bible many Christians regard as "holy" has to say about homosexuality?
- It is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).
- It should be punished with death (Leviticus 20:13) or exile (1 Kings 15:11-14 and 1 Kings 42:42-46).
Does the fact that these statements can be found in the Christian bible have any relevance whatsoever to the claim that someone who believes LGBT persons are inferior, should not have the same rights as others, or deserve death is not a bigot? Of course not! Religiously-motivated bigotry is still bigotry. Someone who holds bigoted views holds bigoted views regardless of whether support can be found for them in a "holy" book.
But there is a big problem with the passages from Leviticus and Kings mentioned above. These books are found in the Old Testament, the same Old Testament Jesus supposedly abolished (even though he was described as clearly stating otherwise). If we were to exclude the Old Testament and look only at the New Testament, we'd find nothing but love for LGBT persons, right? Absolutely. Here are some examples:
- The Christian god makes people homosexual even though homosexuality is "vile" (Romans 1:26-27).
- Homosexual acts are still "worthy of death" (Romans 1:28-32).
- One will find no homosexuals in heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
- Homosexuals are "filthy" (1 Timothy 1:9-10).
Try as they might, the conservative Christians who are now claiming that those of us who are calling attention to their bigotry are the intolerant ones are not fooling anybody.
H/T to The Skeptic's Annotated Bible