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June 2nd, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Anti-gays hide their bias behind the Bible

Editor's note: LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is a 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for online journalism as well as the 2008 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) winner for column writing.

My partner and I recently took our mothers to Las Vegas for a week for Mother's Day. It's not our favorite city, but for a pair of 60-somethings who can sit at the penny slot machines for hours, it was heaven.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Opinion

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  1. OpenMinded

    @Patsview: Great reference to Leviticus. A great section of the Bible with absolute truths- the Word of God!! We should all reference this when having discussions on morality and sin. Oh, hey ... let's look at other verses from Leviticus:
    Lev 20:9: If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. (There goes the whole middle school)
    Lev 20:10: If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. (There goes most of our Hollywood stars and televangelists)
    Lev 25:44-45: Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.

    This guy is spot on!! Let's read more ...
    Ephesians 5:22-24: Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (This will make my Saturday night efforts a little easier now!)

    And finally ...
    Exodus 35:2: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. (Oops ... no more NFL! ... and ironically, isn't Sunday the busiest working day for a preacher?)

    Thanks Patsview for opening my eyes to the Bible and all the great teachings. I'm sure that, just as you keep Lev 18:22 tucked in your back pocket, you are well aware of these verses and abide by them verbatim.

    I'm off to the neighboring town to 'get me some slaves' so that after an exhausting Saturday night with my submissive wife I won't have to do any work on Sunday!

    October 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  2. patsview

    Why Just because we all say the same thing? Isn't that freedom of speech? U would want to take oue freedom of speech away from us all so gays could have their's???

    The Bible, as God's word, reveals God's moral character and it shapes the morality of the Christian. The Bible has much to say about homosexuality:

    Lev. 18:22 , "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
    Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."
    1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,1 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
    Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."
    With such clear statements against homosexuality, it is difficult to see how different groups can say the Bible supports homosexuality. But they try by redefining love, marriage, sex, homosexuality, etc. in order to accomplish their goal. But the truth is that God created man and woman, not man and man, or woman and woman. Nevertheless, the Bible is a powerful book, and because it is the homosexuals often try and make the Bible agree with its agenda. But it doesn't work. The Bible does not support homosexuality, as we have seen from the scriptures above.

    Unlike other sins, this sexual sin has a judgment administered by God Himself: He gives them over to their passions (Rom. 1:26-28). This means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins. As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no repentance. Without repentance, there will be no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no salvation.

    No amount of admonition by pro homosexuality advocates will ever sway the true believers from their stance that homosexuality is a sin.

    August 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  3. DREW

    I believe in letting people be where they are at, if you believe or don't so be it , but to speak with the same hate as those who hate just does'nt work for me there is good and there is bad right and wrong truth and then the lie. For me there's something inside me that I hold to be true and I will keep it true, while the rest of the world seems to spinning out of control I will remain true to the truth and allow every one else to be where they are with this of belief or none belief but I will without hate or malice vote my truth not the way of the day. May peace be in you all.

    June 16, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  4. Ed

    Bigots and hate mongers called christians rule. As long as they hold on to the fairy tale and believe in the biggest con job of humanity there is always going to be hate. They don't know anything else. Down with religion and grow some balls and think for yourself. Way to many humans have suffered and died because they have been told about some boggy man in the sky. When will people getr a brain and quit killing each other because of this stupid fairy tale. Now we are stuck in a war for some stupid ass called Mohommid. Get a life. By the ways gays have always served in the military. It is the managers called officers who refuse to accept it. Chaplins get used to it or don't serve. Who needs you any way. If you can't accept gays how can you accept killing?

    June 3, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  5. Reality

    Who is on top and who is on the bottom? A coin flip? To say the least, an unusual situation. Then there are those "made in China" toys/strap-ons. Lets hope the FDA has checked them for lead and other toxic components. And do said "toys" come with sanitizers and/or sterilization instructions.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  6. Reality

    With that mind set, approval by the majority is not always sanctioned in law.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  7. Reality

    Is said activity wrong and worthy of a trip to hell?

    June 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  8. TampaMAN

    Some say that the Bible is a shield and religion is a crutch while others use the FLAG and pseudo-patriotism to hide their bigotry. The issue isn't gays in the military. Rather it is to ask why we need a bloated military in the first place. Do we really need a Navy which is larger than the NEXT 17 COUNTRIES combined? Personal valor under fire should be recognized, but supporting our greedy and self-serving military and political leaders is NOT the same as serving our country; I ought to know, I've been there and done that.

    June 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  9. sheetiron

    Very true. Way too many people seem to emphasize one sin over others. This doesn't make much since to me either. I commend any Christian who has the courage to speak out against sin, and stand up for righteousness, but don't speak out against the sin that you feel like opposing that day. If you really want to speak out against sin, examine your own life and ask the Lord to show your any sin in your own life. Then renounce it and eradicate it from your lifestyle and teach others to do the same. The first and most important step and removing sin from our society, is removing sins from ourselves.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • JP

      You are absolutely right. Start right there with what you preach.

      June 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
    • zubeblog

      You also have to understand that humans can never eradicate sin completely from their lives ... that's why we need Christ. Without Him, all attempts at "cleaning up" are futile.

      Bigotry in any guise is unwelcome, whether it be anti-gay bias under the cover of Bible belief, or anti-religion bias under the cover of tolerance.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Ali

      Interesting article. Call me crazy if you'd like, but I wouldn't be averse to punishment for adultery, divorce, etc. if it could actually be dispensed. Also, just because you didn't see any verse-speaking in Vegas when you were there doesn't mean it doesn't occur; a large group from my university did a mission trip in Vegas just last spring break. I agree with the above comments of combating sin in one's own life before pointing it out in others', a point many "Christians" overlook. At the same time, though, Jesus tells us to rebuke our brothers and sisters in Christ, Luke 17:3. It's sometimes tough to distinguish who is rebuking for the betterment of the sinner and who is, as you say, hiding behind Biblical verses to promote his own bias, but I promise the former do exist.

      This comment rambles, I know, but it's how the thoughts came into my head.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  10. V. Sheldon

    Well put and well thought out. Bravo.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 am |
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