As I was browsing my fav LGBT news sources, I stumbled across the topic of deinstitutionalizing marriage, which I wanted to explore further until I was stopped in my quest by this article, “10 Reason Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed”. I got a kick out of some of their weak and even unfounded arguments, but I will also say, don’t read it if you don’t want to get angry at anti-gay sentiments because some of it got me heated. I do want to address some of the points on this website though.
This website is TFP Student Action: Defending Moral Values on Campus. They are based near the Grand Canyon I suppose. I didn’t spend much time sifting through their mediocre website to learn more about this group.
The whole article was annoying in several ways, but one thing that I found incredibly irritating is their Bible argument. When groups like these use the Bible as the definitive case winner, I am irritated to no end because it’s a way for them to say they are right and not listen to “the sinner’s” argument. They are using the Bible as a shield against open discussion and dare I say possible understanding. “Nope. It’s in the Bible. And you know who wrote the Bible, don’t you? God. God did. And you can’t argue with God”. Well, for those people out there who think that, I actually argue with God all the time. Just today, I got stopped by a long-ass train, and I yelled at Him saying that He sent that train just to piss me off. So, there.
Okay, in all seriousness, I am a Christian. But for those Bible-thumpers out there who are trying to convince any non-Christian (gay or straight) of the validity of Christianity, here’s a few tips: You can’t use the Bible to argue with someone who isn’t religious. You actually have to find things to agree on to make your argument stick. To use the Bible in an argument, you’d have to get people like me to believe that 1. that God actually exists 2. the Bible was actually divinely inspired by God instead of written by mere mortals and 3. that the Bible’s passages of homosexuality aren’t outdated, which brings me to my next point.
As a Christian who happens to be a lesbian, I have had my times of doubt and even shame. How could I be a Christian and a lesbian if the Bible says it’s a sin? So, I dived into study what the Bible says about homosexuality. The first place I went to was Jesus’ teachings, and in all of his words, there wasn’t anything condemning homosexuality. The verses that condemned homosexuality outright were actually found in the Old Testament. Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Pretty hard to beat that, right?
Well, first of all, I believe that the Old Testament was fulfilled, so to speak, by Jesus coming to earth. The OT rules were there to help Jews live morally, which was needed…until Jesus came. Once Jesus died for our sins, the rules shifted. It was less about the letter of the law and more about the spirit. But, that’s just me.
But, there’s another way to look at the OT rules too. Do you eat shellfish? Did you lose your virginity before you got married? Or do you have any tattoos? Because if you do, well, boy are you in trouble!
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” ~Leviticus 19:28
Eating of Shellfish:
“And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.” ~Leviticus 11:10
Women who are not virgins on their wedding night:
“The woman must be taken to the door of her father’s home, and there the men of the town must stone her to death, for she has committed a disgraceful crime in Israel by being promiscuous while living in her parents’ home. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.”~Deuteronomy 22:21
“and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”~Proverbs 23:2
In the support of slavery:
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.”~Ephesians 6:5
If you use the Bible to condemn any member of the LGBT community, then wouldn’t it be hypocritical if you didn’t also attack gluttons, people with tattoos, anyone who eats shellfish? If you do follow all of these OT rules and you’re not just after the LGBT community, then I can actually respect that. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s right or fair of you to selectively judge people and use the Bible against them. Doing that isn’t Biblical or Christian. It’s selfish and based on your own discomfort and possibly even shame.
I could spend all day talking about religion and homosexuality, but that’s not the main point I want to make (but it was pertinent enough to address). The TFP Student Action group posts all sorts of things opposing gay marriage rights, which I find absolutely absurd. These kinds of groups claim that they are trying to protect the Christian morals that this country was founded upon, but that’s not entirely accurate. Our founding fathers came here to separate church and state–as in to not be governed by a set of religious beliefs that weren’t their own religious beliefs. In fact, they had lost rights based on their religion, so they came here to establish a new government for themselves, one in which their religious beliefs did not hinder them from basic human rights and the pursuit of happiness. Jessica Eaves Mathews said it best when she wrote this:
Any decision regarding the scope of a constitutional right (whether passed by Congress or interpreted by the SCOTUS) is a legal decision, not one based in religion or morality. Rights are not and should not be up for a popular vote or up to the states to determine. Rights are absolute and cannot be dependent upon anything other than the fact that the person is a human being and is a citizen of the US. If those two conditions are met, YOUR belief system about what is MORALLY or spiritually right or wrong does not matter and should not. You should be glad that is the case, because it would be just as easy for another religion to take over and curtail your rights as a Christian (something that has happened throughout history).
Mathews goes on to say that Christians or any other people using religious beliefs as arguments against gay marriage rights are actually confusing constitutional or human rights with just “sinful” behavior. But, if our rights were based on our morality, well, our entire nation would be screwed.