Monday, February 24, 2014

Hey, Anti-Gay Lawmakers, Read Your Bibles!

What a way to show Americans how much you hate gays and lesbians. Throw them out of your establishment! Get them out of your restaurants! Show them they don't belong where the 'normal everyday folk' dine at. Kick those awful gays out of your classrooms and deny them medical assistance just because they have a different sexual orientation than you. Ironically enough, it'll probably be the polyamorous doctor who kicks one of us out, meanwhile, sleeping with three or four women within a week's time. Show me your morals and I'll show you mine. Maybe we have something in common and maybe we have a whole different world right between us, separating us from the good and evil. Which is the "good" and which is the "evil"? That's all up to you. "Freedom of religion" means that you can voice your beliefs and not get stoned for it. "Freedom of religion" now stands for bigotry and discrimination…and perhaps, segregation.

The first of Idaho's anti-gay bills is a close copy of Kansas'. Under the guise of "free exercise of religion", any private employer or business may refuse service to gay people--not just gay couples, but any individual whom a business owner suspects to be gay. As in Kansas' bill, the law applies to both private employers and government workers. A restaurant, a hotel, or a movie theater will be permitted to turn away gay people---or perhaps simply put out a sign stating "No Gays Allowed"---as will a DMV, a county clerk, or a police station. Individuals need only state that serving gays violates their "sincerely held religious beliefs", and they will be exempt from any lawsuits. And, as in Kansas' bill, a gay person who does bring suit will not only lose, but be forced to pay his opponent's attorney fees.----read more here.

A 'not so bright' Christian who had forgotten that tattoos were also an abomination in the same book of Leviticus. 
So now, I have a proposal for all business owners who are either gay or lesbian or just an advocate. Let's discriminate against "sinful people" that the Bible has listed too. Turn away anyone who has a tattoo or a shaven beard. Let's turn down anyone who appears to be wearing something way too promiscuous. Turn away a couple who is not married, with the assumption that they have had premarital sex, which is a sin in the Bible. What? A divorcee walked in with his girlfriend wanting a sandwich? No. His ex-wife is still alive. That's adultery! Let's enforce our religion now! Let's let them get a taste of their own stones.

It's ironic that homosexuality isn't even listed in the Ten Commandments, but everyone else seems to be okay with committing sins against it. As long as they aren't gay or lesbian, they'll enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Homosexuality is NOT a sin. The Bible says so.

God’s Children Through Faith

"Let me put it in another way. The law was our guardian and teacher to lead us until Christ came. So now, through faith in Christ, we are made right with God. But now that faith in Christ has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. So you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have been made like him. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are ALL Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you." ~Galatians 3:24-29

There is a huge difference between sinning and a sinful heart. Sinning is simply being human. A sinful heart desires to sin – it wants to hurt people and deliberately wants to steal your joy. A human that sins is natural. We repent and have faith in God. We no longer go by the laws of Moses. This is why God gave us His only son. We are freed from the law.

Here… Look at Galatians chapter two verses 17 through 21:

"But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! Rather, I make myself guilty and rebuild the old system I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not one for those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die."

Pretty huge statement if you think about it. “For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.”


The old law does not apply to Christians anymore. Relying on Jesus’ sacrifice is why love between two people is not wrong. The Old Law no longer binds us.  If you don't believe in the passages above, then you truly don't believe as a Christian, that Jesus died for you. It's there in black and white and it's a shame that many Christians just see the word "homosexuality" and go right into a fit about it. Even if it was "sinful" as some believe, the fact that God has stated numerous times in the Bible not to judge others simply falls deaf upon most conservative Christians' ears. And while I still remain to respect those of different beliefs, it's  another thing to be beaten up constantly with the Bible, when I rely on that book to guide my life every single step of the way. And am I perfect? Not at all. I have a lot of work ahead of me, which is why I need the Bible. I'm a sinner, but it's not because I'm gay. 


A very good friend and pastor wrote this a while back on my blog while I was debating a similar topic. 


He said, "Here are a few comments on Leviticus 18:22 The passage in the ancient Hebrew is clearly talking about male-male sex acts, specifically anal sex. The issue was penetrating an anus with a penis, this making the penis literally “unclean” to the point of forbidding entry into a vagina. I wonder if the same prohibition would not also apply to male/female anal sex? Using the word "homosexuality" in some English translations makes the text appear to condemn lesbian activity as well. The latter behavior is definitely not mentioned in the original Hebrew text of this passage. In fact, lesbian behavior is not mentioned anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures. The term "homosexuality" has two distinct meanings in English. Sometimes it refers to sexual behavior (what some people do). Sometimes it relates to sexual orientation (what some people are). One reader might conclude from an English translation that homosexual orientation is criticized in the Bible; others might assume that homosexual behavior is criticized. However, the word "homosexual" was first used in the very late in 19th century C.E. There was no Hebrew word that meant "homosexual." Thus, whenever the word is seen in an English translation of the Bible, one should be wary that the translators might be inserting their own prejudices into the text."


While conservative religious people keep using their Bible to bash people in the heads with, they fail to see all of the translations, interpretations and misunderstandings of the Bible itself. It's not so black and white. Most religious people cherry pick the scriptures to use it when they're trying to belittle homosexuals. 


What is a sin? As far as I’m concerned, the Ten Commandments still apply. Are these legislators applying these rules in their own life? 

  1. Do not worship any other gods 
  2. Do not make any idols 
  3. Do not misuse the name of God 
  4. Keep the Sabbath holy 
  5. Honor your father & mother 
  6. Do not murder 
  7. Do not commit adultery 
  8. Do not steal 
  9. Do not lie 
  10. Do not covet 
How about the seven deadly sins?

  1. Lust 
  2. Gluttony 
  3. Greed 
  4. Sloth 
  5. Wrath 
  6. Envy 
  7. Pride
    "As for marine animals, you may eat whatever has both fins and scales, whether taken from fresh water or salt water. You may not, however, eat marine animals that do not have both fins and scales. (shellfish) You are to detest them, and they will always be forbidden to you. You must never eat their meat or even touch their dead bodies. I repeat, any marine animal that does not have both fins and scales is strictly forbidden to you." ~Leviticus 11:9-12

No shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster or scallops for you. 

Nothing in that vast 'not to do list' involves anything that deals with homosexuality. As the Old Testament focuses on homosexuality being a sin, they also focus on many other things like eating shellfish and shaving off one's beard. The New Testament brings everything to light. Once Jesus died on the cross for us, the old law was abolished. Even in the New Testament, it states about homosexuality, but in terms of promiscuity, where people were having reckless sex and orgies, where they would get bored with man on woman intercourse and include anyone - even of the same sex. There is a huge difference between lust and love. There is a huge difference between a loving relationship between two people and random sex with anyone, anywhere. Why does religion make so many conservatives so incredibly stupid? Read your Bibles! 

Now that we are heading into a world that may enforce segregation from the straights to the not so straights, I wonder if they'll even go back to their old roots and make our melting pot a bitterly cold brew of hatred. Will we start telling blacks and hispanics that we won't serve them as well? Will we throw a huge letter "A" on someone's chest if we find out a woman has cheated on her husband? It's amazing how normal everyday people want to fill the big shoes of God when they have their own crosses to bear. There are worse off sins out there and it's a pity that they focus on individuals who just want to love their significant other the way anybody would, gay or straight. Why are we focusing on homosexuality only? 

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