Friday, June 15, 2012

The Disciples of Hate

Ever since President Obama announced his support for gay marriage, the right wing 'Christian' community has been up in arms about the issue, with several stories having made the news.  Methinks it is an election year tactic, to justify their hatred of Obama and support of Romney.  But I wonder...Mormonism is a strange religion that mentions Jesus Christ, and incorporates him into their bizarre, completely fictional history, but it is NOT a Christian denomination.  It is about money, and satisfying earthly lusts, and more money, which may explain why the money worshiping Romney subscribes to their doctrine, which is a load of baloney. 

I also wonder...with only one Christian in this presidential race--that being Obama--how are Christians going to explain and rationalize voting Romney.  The truth is simple--they are not Christians either, but liars.  Many of these self-styled Christians in the public eye are in truth Republican operatives abusing the faith for party support and votes.

Anyway, since Obama's announcement, a number of people have made the news as Christians speaking and/or lashing out against the homosexual lifestyle.  Pastor Charles Worley of Providence, North Carolina offered his solution during a Sunday sermon:  to gather all homosexuals behind an electric fence and airdrop them food until they die out.  Since all homosexuals are the products of heterosexual unions, I suspect there would be plenty of young homosexuals to replace them once they died out.

14 year old Christian radio host Caiden Cowger said that President Obama's policies are making kids gay.  He was later removed from the airwaves on account of the controversy.

A 50 year old librarian was fired from Baptist University for failing to sign a new contract which includes a pledge to condemn the homosexual lifestyle.

Then there is the Target controversies, which have lodged the retailer firmly between a rock and a hard place.  I somehow wound up on the email list of the Family Research Council, or FRC, and last week received an email from their president, notorious 'Christian' hatemonger Tony Perkins, beseeching me to sign a petition protesting Target while asking for some money (which every email they send requests).  FRC is angry with Target for selling gay pride tee shirts and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council, a pro-homosexual organization.  A couple years ago Perkins caught my attention during the health care debate. As a 'Christian' he was opposed to national health care, and likened health insurance to the price of milk, saying to the effect that if it's too costly, individuals and families who can't afford it simply have to make do without.  How very Christian....  At around the same time, Target was donating 150,000 dollars to a group called Minnesota Forward, which was running political ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who was campaigning on an openly anti-homosexual agenda.  Target's political donation received national attention when Randi Reitan, the mother of a gay son, released this video--which went viral--bringing attention to and protesting Target's donation.  Target is shameless in their lust for cash; their left hand is reaching out and taking money from the lgbt community, while the right is handing that cash to people who want to strip the lgbt community of their civil rights.

The most disturbing anti-homosexual Christian story of the past few weeks was the four year old boy who sang a song called, Ain't No Homos Gonna Make It To Heaven, during the Sunday service at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greenburg, Indiana.  His performance was met by rousing applause and approval from the congregation.  Throughout his song the boy repeatedly sings the lyric, "I know the Bible is right...."  Alright then, let's apply the Bible.  In 1 John 4:8, it is written:  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In Matthew 7:2 it is written:  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.  And while Christ never condemned homosexuality, he gave dire warnings about the fate that awaits those who harm children.  In Matthew 18:6, it is written:  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  And so it is that, according to the Bible, inculcating a child with hatred sets him at odds with God; and, according to the Bible, teaching him to judge his neighbors is teaching him to condemn himself; and thusly, according to the Bible, that church would be better off dead than facing the fate they have determined upon themselves with their disobedience to the Bible. 

When I first saw the story of the little boy singing such a despicable song in a church of all places, I immediately called to mind a Scripture which appears several times in Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy 5:9, wherein it is written:  ...I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.  If the son learned the disobedience to God from his father, who likely learned it from the grandfather, then the only way to prevent the son from passing it along to his children is to root out all the generations.

All the (un)Christian hatred of homosexuals stems primarily from a couple of verses in Leviticus and Romans 1:26-27.  In Leviticus 18:22 it is written:  Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.  The same is repeated in Leviticus 20:13:  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  The passages in Leviticus are part of what has been given the name of the Holiness Code; a list of human acts and deeds that God regards as sinful.  But nowhere does it rank the sins by degrees, where one sin is described as greater and/or more damnable than another; in this section of the Scriptures they are merely listed.

Leviticus 18:6-18 describes the perils of engaging in sexual activity with family members and/or their spouses.  In Matthew 5:28 Jesus said:  Whosoever looketh at a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  So, isn't it fair to reason that any Christian who has condemned homosexuals to hell, but has harbored sexual fantasies about a family member or a family member's husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, is going to lead the way into the inferno? After all, the Bible is right.  And Leviticus 18:19 forbids sexual relations with menstruating women.  Have you ever released a little blood during relations?  According to Christians who condemn homosexuality using the verses of Leviticus, you are going to hell.  Leviticus 20:10 warns against committing adultery with your neighbor's wife under penalty of death.  Jesus never uttered a word about homosexuality, and the only time anything specific to sexual sin appears in the gospels is when the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), and according to the law, they were preparing to stone her.  In response Jesus uttered the famous words:  Let he among you that is without sin cast the first stone.  Her accusers dropped their rocks and dispersed, and Jesus told her that neither did he condemn her, but he forgave her, telling her to go and sin no more.  So if Jesus forgave the sin described in Leviticus 20:10, which according the law of Moses is punishable by death, then isn't it fair to entertain the possibility that Jesus would do the same for the sin described in Leviticus 20:13?

When asked to explain the greatest commandment, in Matthew 22:35-40, Jesus answered: Above all love God, and thy neighbor as thyself.  The Bible is right, and nowhere does it say to inquire of thy neighbor's sexual proclivites before proffering thy love.  So not only do judgmental Christians who condemn homosexuals disregard the Bible, in misconstruing it they also fulfill it by condemning themselves, for in the Bible which is right it is also written in 2 Peter 3:16:  As also in all his (Paul) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction

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