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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:21 PM
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Quoting Bible to attack gays is hypocritical
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 09:24 PM by moobu2
This is from as open letter published on MiamiHerald.com written by Leonard Pitts in response to an incident also described in the open letter about a homophobic teacher using the Bible to spread her own hateful attitude towards gays ect Anyway, I thought it was cool and thought some of you might want to read Leonard Pitts great points.

INTELLECTUAL CONSTIPATION

But I'll leave those questions for others to parse. My biggest frustration lies elsewhere. 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?


http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/...
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:24 PM
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1. Hey, and don't forget the bald guy having the bears kill children because
they made fun of him being bald.

Yes, that's in the Bible.

Redstone
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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:24 PM
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2. True, but Quoting the Bible to attack crustaceans is...
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Democrats_win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:35 PM
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3. Strongly agree with this article. They maliciously manipulate the Bible
to encourage weak people to hate and to gain more power.

If they're going to follow the Bible, they need to follow the entire Bible, no exceptions and then they can preach to people who are merely struggling with their lives in this world of injustice.

Let he who has no sin cast the first stone. What these "christians" are doing is the greatest evil because they should know better.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:41 PM
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4. I find it interesting that the Bible bangers don't mind gay behavior.....
as long as it's done by right wing Christians:

Monday, 09 January 2006
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 -- It was reported yesterday, Thursday,
Jan. 5, that Rev. Lonnie Latham, a member of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of the South Tulsa First Baptist Church, was arrested for offering to engage in "an act of lewdness" with a male undercover police officer.

Matt Foreman of the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force commented, The incident occurred at the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City, which describes itself as 'the Southwest's Largest Gay Resort.' Rev. Latham denied the charges to reporters as he left the Oklahoma County jail and claimed, 'I was set up. I was in the area pastoring...' This isn't the first time he's been in the area, having received a traffic violation there a few years back.

Rev. Latham has been an outspoken opponent of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And, of course, in recent years the Southern Baptist Convention - the nation's largest Protestant denomination - has become increasingly homophobic and aligned itself with the worst elements of the far right in working to stop marriage equality for gay people. Rev. Latham supported a directive urging its churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual 'if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle'.....
<snip>
http://www.gayalliance.org/index.php?option=com_content...

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Nitrogenica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:08 PM
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5. My favorate silly advice from the Bible is....
"You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be that when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement."
Deut 23:12-13 NAS

God says crap in a hole. I hope the Christian Army is paying attention to this scripture.

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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:34 AM
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7. Ohhhhhh! I hope they don't follow that!
Given the number of "christians" multiplied by how full of shit they are, we'd be waste deep in God-ordained shit by the end of the month!
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gator_in_Ontario Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-12-06 04:46 AM
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13. ROFL
I think that ship has sailed. In fact my blue eyes are fixing to go brown I think.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:28 AM
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6. I've pointed out the Biblical hypocrisy dozens of times before
Here on DU and elsewhere.

The Christo-fascists love to use their Cafeteria Plan for a variety of things, but particularly when gay-bashing. Big hypocrites all.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:57 AM
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8. ...
:applause:
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jesus_of_suburbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 04:13 PM
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9. "Pick and choose" Christians suck!
Great letter. Thanks for posting, OP.
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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 08:09 PM
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10. They sure do ... and not in a good way
Welcome to DU, jesus_of-suburbia :hi:
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-12-06 04:24 AM
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11. As a long-haired guy, I also wanna add...
that in the same section of Leviticus that they so often quote against gays it also says that it's an abomination to trim one's beard or cut one's hair.
Funny that most of the uptight religious people keep their hair short and faces shaved, huh.
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gator_in_Ontario Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-12-06 04:36 AM
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12. one of my favorite
"should be in a Mel Brooks movie" moments, was someone arguing Leviticus with me while eating a ham sandwich...and she was wearing a polyester pants suit. WTF?
When I pointed out this hypocrisy, I got the Roseanne Roseannadanna...."never mind".
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