March 11, 2006

"Quoting Bible to attack gays is hypocritical"

Here's the story, a school teacher uses the morning announcements to attack the issue of gay rights by using the Holy Bible. An openly gay student gets offended (everyone has the freedom of speech to speak their piece dammit!) and then the Miami Herald's Leonard Pitts Jr. gets in on the action. Here's a quick quote of Mr. Pitts addressing the homophobic teacher:
"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."

Wow! Leonard Pitts really laid it on the hypocrites who use the Bible to push hate and intolerance. Jesus was constantly smeared by the Pharisees for "seeking out sinners" in his goal of spreading love. Many Christians favor living in solidarity with all human beings regardless of who they are because there can't be any "love" in preaching intolerance. "Blessed are the peacemakers", the Bible says that too!


At 3/11/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger David E. Patton said...

Here here. Preach the word brother.

At 3/11/2006 1:47 PM, Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

This man shouldn't be teaching children. We all have different views, but teachers are paid to teach, not to perpetuate hate.

At 3/11/2006 7:13 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

Even though some right-wingers are crazy at times, i still think we need more teachers anyways. We have a serious shortage... we have to teach with the school that we have, not the one that we want (ok that's it for my Rummy impersenation).

As far as schools go we need to seriously pay teacher a whole lot better so we can keep the most talented ones in the classrooms and the studends have all the resources they need.

As far as religion is concerned, it should stay at home and as far from government and public schools as possible. There's nothing wrong with using morality to dictate your descisions in those arenas, but promoting one religion over another is just wrong. You CANT force God on other people, it wouln't be "pure" anyways.

At 3/14/2006 4:20 PM, Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

I agree 100%.


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