Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hypocrisy Is A Family Value

A Baptist minister, Oliver "Buzz" Thomas, has written an op-ed for USA Today that points out the hypocrisy of "christians" attacking homosexuality as an "abomination" while ignoring all of the other "abominations" listed in the same pages of Leviticus. Things like eating catfish, touching pigskin (football, anyone?) and talking back to your parents. All punishable by death according to Leviticus:
The truth is that mainstream religion has moved beyond animal sacrifice, slavery and the host of primitive rituals described in Leviticus centuries ago. Selectively hanging onto these ancient proscriptions for gays and lesbians exclusively is unfair according to anybody's standard of ethics. We lawyers call it "selective enforcement," and in civil affairs it's illegal.
It would seem that Rev. Thomas will have his hands full convincing outgoing Massachusetts Governor, and republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hypocrit-in-chief Romney came up with a new anti-gay stunt in the form of a rally against gay marriage on the steps of the state capitol. In case you might have missed the point that all "true" patriots oppose gay civil rights, Romney campaigned in front of a giant American flag while speakers blared out Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Yet as Rev. Thomas wrote in his article:
For those who have lingering doubts, dust off your Bibles and take a few hours to reacquaint yourself with the teachings of Jesus. You won't find a single reference to homosexuality. There are teachings on money, lust, revenge, divorce, fasting and a thousand other subjects, but there is nothing on homosexuality. Strange, don't you think, if being gay were such a moral threat?

On the other hand, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about how we should treat others. First, he made clear it is not our role to judge. It is God's. ("Judge not lest you be judged." Matthew 7:1) And, second, he commanded us to love other people as we love ourselves.

Damn liberal Baptists. Next thing they'll be telling us to worry more about our eternal souls than about taxes. In any event, don't count on any republican candidates for president to hold any rallies on government property with "Love Thy Neighbor" and "Judge Not" as the themes.

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