From the RTD:
Editor, Times-Dispatch: Fetnah Houdyschell expresses confusion over a perceived contradiction in Christian homosexuals [“Are Homosexuals Ignoring God’s Word?”]. Perhaps I can help resolve the quandary.
Everyone who has ever read the Bible heeds those portions that correspond to his own prejudices and ignores those passages that are counter to his own biases.
Anyone who believes in following the Bible literally will advocate stoning to death a disobedient child, putting male homosexuals to death, and stoning to death a woman who is not a virgin when she marries. He or she also will believe that women in menses are unclean and should be separated from men, a man is worth 50 shekels and a woman is worth 30, a man selling his daughter into slavery is behaviong acceptably, it is an abomination for a woman to wear men’s clothing.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
Through the millennia our Western culture has largely rejected those biblical dicta that are counter to basic morality.
“How can [homosexuals] justify the lifestyle they’ve chosen [sic] and ignore the written word of the God they claim to honor and obey?” Houdyschell asks. It’s simple. We all ignore the written word of God in various ways. The part about two men sleeping together didn’t even make the Top 10 list in Exodus 20. (Note: As far as I can tell, two women sleeping together is okay.)
The thinking morality in the U.S. is now waiting for those who advocate slavery, misogyny, and homophobia to catch up with us. Kimberly Batteau. charles city.