Using Bees To Effect Vengeance
Monday, March 01, 2004
Great link via Atrios about a fundamentalist Michigan legislator who favors civil unions. Some excerpts:
"I kept quiet when African-Americans were facing discrimination," he said. "There have been too many people who have been discriminated against in my lifetime, and this time I'm not going to sit quietly while somebody is being mistreated.
"This is a matter of conscience. There's nothing in it for me."
He offers quotes from the Bible to support his point that the Scripture is even more condemning of divorce than homosexuality. Yet divorced and remarried couples are now welcomed at even fundamentalist churches, he said. Likewise, he said, many denominations, including Christian Reformed, have moved beyond the Biblical teaching against women speaking in church.
While he supports the new role of women in the church and greater acceptance of divorce, he said, it shows how "we Christians have decided that parts of the Bible don't apply to us anymore."
"So if we can put aside the teachings on women, on divorce, on the Sabbath -- and those are all things that we choose -- then why not on homosexuality, when we don't choose our sexual orientation?" Wenke said.
"Why can't we be as kind and generous in interpreting the Bible for homosexuals as we are for ourselves?"
What a remarkably...Christian attitude.
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