Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friendly Reminder: The Gays and the Bible

If you're gay, the god of the Bible hates you and wants his followers to kill you. If you have a gay child, sibling, parent, grandparent, uncle, cousin, friend, coworker, etc., the god of the Bible wants that person dead forthwith. Leviticus 20:13:

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
They must be put to death. The randiness for killing gays carries forward to the New Testament's new and improved god character, in Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6, where Paul's cherry-picking of Hebrew lore explicitly retains the murderous homophobia.

It's a good thing, then, that the god of the Bible does not actually exist. If he did, any of us should be pleased to get in line for stoning rather than to genuflect before such a capricious, hateful monster.

Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church are roughly half right. The choice is exactly as they portray it: you can believe in the god of the Bible or you can believe gays deserve to continue living, but you can't believe both. They err in how they decide between these alternatives -- they've convinced themselves that the petty tyrant of the Bible should be followed in this.

Yes, yes, there's no end to the special pleading that can disappear the anti-gay Bible passages while retaining the "good" passages. Likewise, I suspect Eliot Spitzer, Larry Craig, David Vitter, and Pastor Ted Haggard prefer versions of their life stories that leave out the extra-marital sex with strangers, and if he were alive today, John Wilkes Booth would probably decry the paucity of information in history books about his acting career.

I realize I've made this point before, and probably better.


libhom said...

The Bible hates women and people of African decent too.

Dale said...

libhom, right-o. As Reverend Lovejoy once remarked about the Bible's various laws and petty hatreds, "technically we're not allowed to go to the bathroom." And yet people still call it 'the good book.' I really wish they'd stop degrading the word 'good' that way.