Robertson: Gay Rights Advocates Should “Shut Their Mouth”
Pat Robertson says he won’t back gay rights as homosexuality is one of “the reasons why land will vomit out its inhabitants”
I’m not even going to address his ludicrous gays can’t have babies rant. I’m going to talk about his use, or rather mis-use of Scripture to support his bullshit.
I’ve absolutely had it with people who tell me that the Bible does not support homophobia… or that people are misinterpreting it… or that the original texts did not recognize homosexuality as a thing… or any of the other mumbo-jumbo like that I’ve had thrown at me.
The Bible is used as a weapon by those who are spreading hate and intolerance in the name of their god. Every single time I hear one of these asshats quote the book of Leviticus I want to scream!
Here are some vital statistics for Leviticus:
PURPOSE: A handbook for the priests and Levites outlining their duties in worship, and a guidebook of holy living for the Hebrews.
Not a guidebook for the nations or the world, but specifically for the Hebrews.
ORIGINAL AUDIENCE: The people of Israel
Get that, the people of Israel.
SETTING: At the foot of Mount Sinai. God is teaching the Israelites how to live as holy people.
Again, teaching the Israelites.
Rules for daily living, family responsibility, sexual conduct, relationships, and dealing with the world are covered in Leviticus chapters 18-20. God does an effective job of making no mistakes who his audience was for these laws:
Leviticus 18:1-2 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:1-2 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Leviticus 20:12 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites…
Am I the only one missing where God instructed Moses to speak to all nations and let them know about the never ending universal applications of these laws? I’ve also searched the New Testament line by line, and I have not found the verse that specifies which of these sins were nullified with the new covenant and which were not. There is no clear “Thou shalt hate the gays but eat shellfish” verse; believe me, I’ve looked. Newsflash Pat Robertson and company, Leviticus is not the law of THIS land, unless I missed a major part of world history and geography.
It infuriates me that “liberal” or “inclusive” Christians pretend that just because people use the Bible out of context, the hurt they cause is invalidated. I know Robertson is full of shit. Lots of Christians know so as well, but what he and many of our politicians and lawmakers are doing, are referencing the Bible in support of their actions. The fact that they’re using it out of context or misinterpreting it doesn’t make their words and actions any less harmful. The fact that they use it as a weapon to promote intolerance does not make me want to say, “Oh shucks, their just ignorant of theology, I’ll forgive them.” Robertson has a large audience; one that funds him and his station. Regardless of his misrepresentation of scripture, people out there are soaking it up.
I’ve had about as much as I can take of those who attack me for talking against the Bible. The Bible is a book, and like all books it is open for interpretation. However, unlike other books, people are willing to mold it into whatever they see fit and use it to govern and rule; even if it causes harm to others.
One of the major issues I have with Christianity, and had even when I was a Christian, is that if you think your church is too conservative, you can just go down the road to the local inclusive church and they’ll give you their explanation to why people like Robertson are wrong about the laws in Leviticus, and why homosexuality is not a sin. Same book, different spin. Yet for some reason I’m the one in the wrong. Interesting.