Wow. The rabid right wing is in a tizzy because the United States Supreme Court — how dare them! — decided gays have some — but not yet all — of the same rights as heterosexual Americans.
The court knocked down federal attempts to bar federal benefits from gay couples and also kicked California’s rejection of gay marriage into the Pacific ocean where it deserves to down.
As usual, the rabid right is trotting out the Bible to try and defend its long history of homophobia and intolerance. Even a minister in the area where Capitol Hill Blue is produced went on Facebook to moan about the decision and to predict that “next thing you know, the court will legalize adultery.”
Jesus, what a crock. I fail to understand the outright fear and self-righteous indignation that exists against gay couples or homosexuality.
When the right wing trots out the Bible, you know they are devoid of any rational arguments. They wave the Bible around, declaring it to be “holy writ” and propagandizing that every single word in that tome is absolute gospel.
The Bible thumpers defend their homophobia by saying it declares homosexuality a “sin.” Yes, the Bible does appear to condemn homosexuality in Leviticus, Corinthians and Romans with lines like:
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.
Strong stuff. But this is the same Bible that also says those who work on the Sabbath should be put to death:
The Lord then gave these further instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.” (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)
In fact, the Bible advocates killing people for a variety of other reasons: Adultery, not being a virgin or even for being a member of “another religion.”
“The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted,” writer John Blake once wrote on CNN’s Belief blog. “Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches – all types of people – quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.”
Back in my single days, I had a year-long relationship with a woman who was bi-sexual. She taught me a lot about what how relationships with someone of the same sex can be satisfying. Today she is happily married in a state that allows gay unions and remains a good, life-long friend.
I have relatives and a number of other good friends who are gay. Some, fortunate enough to live in states that allow marriages between those of the same sex, are happily and content in matrimony. Others, sadly, have to live with repressive laws and even more repressive attitudes towards gays.
The same Bible to so many use to justify hatred or bigotry towards gays and others of different beliefs also preaches tolerance and acceptance of those with differences from our own.
Why not follow that advice?