Monday, March 13, 2006

Feed My Sheep

God I love it when anti-gay critics get bashed with their own bible. That's exactly what columnist Leonard Pitts does here:

Put simply, I've had it up to here with the moral hypocrisy and intellectual constipation of Bible literalists.
By which I mean people like you, who dress their homophobia up in Scripture, insisting with sanctimonious sincerity that it's not homophobia at all, but just a pious determination to live according to what the Bible says.
And never mind that the Bible also says it is ''disgraceful'' for a woman to speak out in church (1 Corinthians 14:34-36) and that if she has any questions, she should wait till she gets home and ask her husband. Never mind that the Bible says the penalty for going to work on Sunday (Exodus 35:1-3) is death. Never mind that the Bible says the man who rapes a virgin should buy her from her father (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and marry her.
I'm going to speculate that you don't observe or support those commands. Which says to me that yours is a literalism of convenience, a literalism that is literal only so long as it allows you to condemn what you'd be condemning anyway and takes no skin off your personal backside.
As such, your claim that God sanctions your homophobia is the moral equivalent of Flip Wilson's old claim that the devil made him do it.
You resemble many of your and my co-religionists, whose faith so often expresses itself in an obsessive focus on one or two hot-button issues -- and seemingly nowhere else.
They're so panicked at the thought that somebody accidentally might treat gay people like people. They run around Chicken Little-like, screaming, 'Th' homosex'shals is comin'! Th' homosex'shals is comin'!'' Meantime, people are ignorant in Appalachia, strung out in Miami, starving in Niger, sex slaves in India, mass-murdered in Darfur. Where is the Christian outrage about that?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't generalize God's children.Not all of us are without love and compassion for all people.God does not give us permission to judge His potential children.Sin is sin and it has no degrees.Forgive as you have been forgiven is command.If you discover the love of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit you no longer harbour hate.Love is the worst emotion you should even try to muster.Shame on the Christian who pits one sin against another.Be greatfull for what God has cleaned up in your life.You won't have time to worry about the speck in your brothers eye.In conclusion I ask that not all Chritians be judged for the acts of a few.Some simply need time to grow and others will not learn until the day of judgement.Done by our Father and no one else.Thanks for the chance to respond.

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