So, it is time for me to post something serious, and not at all sarcastic. It’s still rather ranty, however, and I am willing to bet it will be rather long,so bear with me for a bit.
I’m sick of everyone who says that gay marriage is wrong. There are a few bigots who just dislike the idea, but most people are against it from a religious standpoint. I’m not against religion, don’t get me wrong, but let me tell you this: take a deep breath and sit down, all right?
You can be Christian and still support gay rights.
So, the ‘evidence’ given against homosexuality is from Leviticus, 18:22. There is no consistency in translation, but it says something along the lines of ‘man shall not lie down with man as he does with woman, for that is detestable.’ Okay, I have to admit that that’s fairly clear. Assuming this is correct (I’m not even going to go into how much is lost in translation), according to Leviticus homosexuality is bad, right?
Okay. Well, do a favor for me. Take out a random piece of clothing and look at the tag. Does it say cotton-polyester blend, or something other than 100% cotton, spandex, et cetera? Now repeat this with every clothing item you’ve ever worn. If any of them contain mixed fabrics, you are a sinner. 19:19.
Leviticus also says that the handicapped should not come to the altar (21:16), puts a price on humans (27:3) in which women are worth less than men, gives specific instructions on how you may cut your hair and beard (19:27) and, best of all, says that if a priest’s daughter is unchaste she must be burned (21:9)
Now that you’ve realized that according to Leviticus, you’re just as bad for cutting your hair that way as a man who loves another man, maybe his words have less credit for you. Well, that’s really the only decent reference to homosexuality in either testament.
Sure, you have Sodom and Gomorrah. Neither of which, of course, ever mention homosexuality. Then there’s Romans 1. Most say that the translation is so disputed that it’s impossible to know the meaning, while most experts agree that this is not actually a blanket statement about gay relationships. I’d also like to point out that Paul specifically stated that women were less important than men and also claimed that slavery was right. This, of course, directly conflicts with God’s teachings of acceptance and equality.
So does the entire refusal of gay marriage in general. Treat thine neighbor as thyself. You want to be able to love whom you choose, and marry if you will, right? So don’t get in the way of others. The god in the bible is loving of ALL his children, not just heterosexuals.
Go ahead and check your bible twice. And go to church, and pray. I think that’s great. Just don’t tell people that God condemns their love.