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My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?
June 21st, 2011
10:10 AM ET

My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?

Editor's Note: Jonathan Dudley is the author of Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics.

By Jonathan Dudley, Special to CNN

Growing up in the evangelical community, I learned the Bible’s stance on homosexuality is clear-cut. God condemns it, I was taught, and those who disagree just haven’t read their Bibles closely enough.

Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, I can say that my childhood community’s approach to gay rights—though well intentioned—is riddled with self-serving double standards.

I don’t doubt that the one New Testament author who wrote on the subject of male-male intercourse thought it a sin. In Romans 1, the only passage in the Bible where a reason is explicitly given for opposing same-sex relations, the Apostle Paul calls them “unnatural.”

Problem is, Paul’s only other moral argument from nature is the following: “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Few Christians would answer that question with a “yes.”

In short, Paul objects to two things as unnatural: one is male-male sex and the other is long hair on men and short hair on women. The community opposed to gay marriage takes one condemnation as timeless and universal and the other as culturally relative.

I also don’t doubt that those who advocate gay marriage are advocating a revision of the Christian tradition.

But the community opposed to gay marriage has itself revised the Christian tradition in a host of ways. For the first 1500 years of Christianity, for example, marriage was deemed morally inferior to celibacy. When a theologian named Jovinian challenged that hierarchy in 390 A.D. — merely by suggesting that marriage and celibacy might be equally worthwhile endeavors — he was deemed a heretic and excommunicated from the church.

How does that sit with “family values” activism today?

Yale New Testament professor Dale B. Martin has noted that today’s "pro-family" activism, despite its pretense to be representing traditional Christian values, would have been considered “heresy” for most of the church’s history.

The community opposed to gay marriage has also departed from the Christian tradition on another issue at the heart of its social agenda: abortion.

Unbeknownst to most lay Christians, the vast majority of Christian theologians and saints throughout history have not believed life begins at conception.

Although he admitted some uncertainty on the matter, the hugely influential 4th and 5th century Christian thinker Saint Augustine wrote, “it could not be said that there was a living soul in [a] body” if it is “not yet endowed with senses.”

Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic saint and a giant of mediaeval theology, argued: “before the body has organs in any way whatever, it cannot be receptive of the soul.”

American evangelicals, meanwhile, widely opposed the idea that life begins at conception until the 1970s, with some even advocating looser abortion laws based on their reading of the Bible before then.

It won’t do to oppose gay marriage because it’s not traditional while advocating other positions that are not traditional.

And then there’s the topic of divorce. Although there is only one uncontested reference to same-sex relations in the New Testament, divorce is condemned throughout, both by Jesus and Paul. To quote Jesus from the Gospel of Mark: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.”

A possible exception is made only for unfaithfulness.

The community most opposed to gay marriage usually reads these condemnations very leniently. A 2007 issue of Christianity Today, for example, featured a story on its cover about divorce that concluded that Christians should permit divorce for “adultery,” “emotional and physical neglect” and “abandonment and abuse.”

The author emphasizes how impractical it would be to apply a strict interpretation of Jesus on this matter: “It is difficult to believe the Bible can be as impractical as this interpretation implies.”

Indeed it is.

On the other hand, it’s not at all difficult for a community of Christian leaders, who are almost exclusively white, heterosexual men, to advocate interpretations that can be very impractical for a historically oppressed minority to which they do not belong – homosexuals.

Whether the topic is hair length, celibacy, when life begins, or divorce, time and again, the leaders most opposed to gay marriage have demonstrated an incredible willingness to consider nuances and complicating considerations when their own interests are at stake.

Since graduating from seminary, I no longer identify with the evangelical community of my youth. The community gave me many fond memories and sound values but it also taught me to take the very human perspectives of its leaders and attribute them to God.

So let’s stop the charade and be honest.

Opponents of gay marriage aren’t defending the Bible’s values. They’re using the Bible to defend their own.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jonathan Dudley.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Homosexuality • Opinion

soundoff (6,474 Responses)
  1. A

    Boy, CNN seem to on the assault lately with a string of unneducated authors commenting on an area they clearly haven't studied. It would be like myself commenting on an article in regard to nuclear physics... way out my league. There are so many errors in this article it's hard to know where to start. Will have to be several posts.

    Jovinian on celebacy – 1 Corinthians 7:33 "But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife." Paul is saying that personally, he would prefer some people to be unmarried as then they can use their time spreading the word. However this is certainly not a commandment as all through this passage marriage is clearly not condemned, but for some, encouraged.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:48 am |
    • Conservative Christians Are Going to Hell

      Lol, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Did you even graduate from college, mr. educated?

      August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • B

      But, A, you prove a decided point in which this whole issue is completely couched: you interpreted that passage. You might consider it plain as day, but the verses speak on one level of the 'things of the Lord' versus the 'things of the world'. If God made the world, aren't all these things one in the same? Or if God intended them to be perceived to have different values, are the 'things of the Lord' more valuable/more important? And of course, the most important question of all, what are these 'things'? Do they apply now as they applied two thousand years ago? We get into a lot of impassioned trouble when people start saying things like, 'the Bible says...' because there is no way to avoid interpreting what it says, regardless of your faith or intent.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Observer

      "he would prefer some people to be unmarried as then they can use their time spreading the word. However this is certainly not a commandment"

      So all the Christians are wrong when they say that people should spend their lives honoring God and making sure they go to heaven? Sounds like you are advocating a discount version of what the Bible says is the best way to be.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • LOl

      You're right on, if anything, these other people up here on this forum/comment thing, have never read the Bible or heard its message. Like with B's argument about the "things of the Lord" vs. the "things of the world"...I mean that's just uneducated nonsense that your trying to say since God created the world that there is fallacy between the two things. You have to read Genesis 1 to understand why God's world and Man's world are two different things and how the "things of the Lord" are spiritual anyways while the "things of the world" are immoral, unethical, and material.

      Get educated.
      Be objective.
      Know the truth.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Observer

      LOl,

      "Get educated. Be objective."

      Can you give any quotes from the Bible supporting those statements for any areas other than related religion in the Bible? (Science, math, etc.)

      August 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Andy

      If you read what he said on that topic A he said the church (not the bible as you selectively read) thought that celibacy was more virtuous than being married on the basis that it was nit picking what it wanted to display as their message and not applying the practical or words directly from the bible. Start reading and stop commenting until you get a grip on what is going on.

      August 29, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  2. john leddy

    why try to make sense of the bible .it is a collection of books written by primitive people who thought the earth was flat and the god they created was a war criminal who told them to kill every living thing in their conquests of the "holy" land. he also told them to kill everyone who worked on the sabbath, cursed their parents or committed adulterey. these books belong in museums with the writings of hammurabi and draco. this is not a duplicate comment as someone claims.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:22 am |
  3. john leddy

    why try to make sense of the bible .it is a collection of books written by primitive people who thought the earth was flat and the god they created was a war criminal who told them to kill every living thing in their conquests of the "holy" land. he also told them to kill everyone who worked on the sabbath, cursed their parents or committed adulterey. these books belong in museums with the writings of hammurabi and draco.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  4. Jaybird

    So, what's your take on Hermaphrodites? What gender should THEY be attracted to, by your "learned" assessment?

    August 28, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  5. big Spender

    You Gay people, your beliefs have no bearing on reality.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Observer

      This is all about hypocrisy. Well done.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  6. big Spender

    I think you Gay people need to take this up with God when you die, then see what he says. cause you will find out.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      That makes about as much sense as saying, "ask your crystal ball". Wait, if you believe in gods, you may believe in crystal balls too. Let me try a different approach.

      That makes about as much sense as asking Santa Claus. Hmm. Same problem. It's hard to make a logical argument to someone who has a world view that isn't based in reality.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • LOL

      Just like you prejudice people need to take it up with God when you die, the see what he says, boy are you going to find out.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  7. Gkibarricade

    The first cities that God destroyed where destroyed mostly for gayness (Sodom and Gomorah). Then when Isreal was freed from Egypt, God ordered them to conduct ethnic cleansing in the Promise Land (Land of Caanan) mostly because of forcing thier children through the fire and gayness. There are a few more examples where God killed or ordered the slaughter of gay people. You could consievably say that it surpassed idolatry because idolizers were AFFLICTED and gay people were KILLED. Well that's argueable but it at least that bad

    August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Observer

      It's all pick and choose hypocrisy. There are far far more Christians guilty of adultery than there are gays. Obviously, you don't care nearly so much about them. So much for caring about sin.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Gkibarricade

      The difference is that adulterers (if thier morals are there) bear guilt gays think that they are in the right. There's no such thing as an "Adultery pride" parade.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Observer

      So why are you picking on the FAR FAR FEWER number of people who are gays when there are FAR FAR MORE Christians who commit adultery by remarrying? Don't you follow what Christ said? He said nothing bad about gays,but plenty bad about adulterous Christians.

      Your comments prove the author's points on hypocrisy.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Gkibarricade

      It's not the number of sinners. It's the severity of the sin. There are far more liars too but you don't get drawn and quartered for lying. There was also another, his brother died without giving children and at the behest of his father it was his duty to give his sister-in-law a child (male) to maintain his brother's family but, because he loved his wife he wasted his seed and God killed him on the spot. There is a laundry list of major sins associated with gays, sodomy, waste of seed, anger at God's gender choice etc.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Observer

      "It's the severity of the sin."

      That's a good one. Have you read the Bible? H-mos-xuality is an abomination like eating seafood and using incense.
      Adultery is a TEN COMMANDMENTS sin that Christ repeatedly talked about, unlike being gay.

      You are making Dudley look smarter and smarter all the time.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Gkibarricade

      Eating shellfish makes you unclean and can be resolved with a fast, sodomy is punishable by stoning. Adultery is a big topic for Christ because it was more prevalent. Even Solomon had dozens of wives and hundreds of concubines and God did not look down on him for this. His sin was paying tribute to his wives idols. Abraham, Moses, King David they all had concubines. And the point is political perpetration of gayness. adultery is still and will always(i hope) be illegal in the US

      August 28, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Observer

      "sodomy is punishable by stoning."

      So are you PRETENDING that adultery isn't too? Same for unruly kids.

      Do you have any point here?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      I wish there was a Like button, Observer. I'd hit it for every one of your comments. Nice, short rational replies that make the point very well. Good job!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Observer

      WiserThanEwe (not a sheep),

      Thank you very much! You have made my day.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • H

      Actually there is no explicit evidence in the bible that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for those reasons; most biblical and historical scholars disagree with that conclusion and many archaeologists dispute that either city existed at all.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Gkibarricade

      Two angels went to Sodom to investigate all the fowlness. A religous man encountered them on there way there. He knew of Sodom so he thought quickly to delay the angels by inviting them to his house to spend the night. They did. The men of Sodom learned of the religous man's visitors and went to pay them a visit. They knocked. The religous man came out and inquired of thier visit. The men requested the visitors to come out to engage in $ex. The man refused. They insisted it was town ritual. The man offered his virgin daughters saying: "Do with them what you like, put these friends come in peace and I will not turn them to you". The angels blinded the men and escaped. The story continues but by morning Sodom and Gomorah were as the ashes in a BBQ.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Observer

      Gkibarricade,

      Check you Bible. It specifically stated what "the sin of Sodom" was. It had nothing to do with gays. Sorry, to disappoint you. That's what happens with pick and choose sins.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Gkibarricade

      It never specifies. It only alludes to it in the story. Besides that most people agree therefore, Sodom is the origin of sodomy.
      Genisis 18
      And the LORD said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry,

      Genisis 19
      Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5 and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.”

      August 29, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • LOL

      "Sodom is the origin of sodomy."

      Did you even look up the full definition of sodomy it's anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex. What you are trying use against gays is about rape, not homosexuality as we know it today.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  8. Mark Phillips

    Your prayer has already been answered.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Conservative Christians Are Going to Hell

      I will pray that Jesus will shake you out of your false confidence and show you that you need to have a true relationship with him

      August 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Observer

      I sure don't see you supporting the Bible and advocating that no one be allowed to divorce except for infidelity.

      Pick and choose. You just choose to skip Christ's instructions.

      August 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

      I had a one night stand with Jesus back in college. I wouldn'd really call it a relationship. We were both drunk then it happened – lev. 18 down the tubes. Jesus is still in the closed, so we're hopin to hell that his old man wasn't paying attention – he's a bit of a redneck. I wouldn't go out with him again – gave me the clap.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  9. Conservative Christians Are Going to Hell

    please pray for the salvation of those using the bible to condemn gay people. they need our prayers

    August 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • Mark Phillips

      1. Since the author states that the Bible is not specifically against gay marriage, show me chapter and verse where it specifically condones gay marriage.
      2. To say that all conservative Christians are going to hell is much more misogynistic and cruel than defending what the Bible actually says. People want to bend the Bible to say what they want it to. They read things into it that they want. If you accuse me of condemning gays, I am not here to condemn gays. I am just writing what the Bible says. If my interpretation is wrong then prove my interpretation wrong because Dudley surely did not prove that the Bible condones gay marriage.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • Conservative Christians Are Going to Hell

      I will pray that you will come to know Jesus as your personal Lord and savior.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  10. TheyNotHim

    The bible is already twisted...nobody needs to twist it...

    August 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  11. Mr WISE

    Bible is specific in many terms as to what is right and what is wrong for man to do. True that men will use it for advantages to mislead people. Same today as in the past...Remember the religious leaders who asked that Jesus be killed?

    August 26, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  12. Truthteller

    For the 1,000,000th time. No One is BORN GAY. There are no gay infants, no gay embryos and no gay sperm. IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIES OF THE 21CENTURY. READ every last one of you "The Overhauling of Straight America". PLEASE READ the Overhauling of Straight american. Google it. It will surface.

    August 26, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • LOL

      There are hundred of thousand experts that disagree with you WORLD wide, So it's not about over hauling straight America, the title should have been over hauling the straight world if those people actually knew what they were talking about.. It's been shown that people are born gay and everything we knew about it in the past was done by bias and prejudice people.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Julia

      For the 10,000,000 th time, you are wrong. As a gay woman I was attracted to women in my earliest memory of being attractive to anybody. Why don't you morons actually ask gay people instead of telling them what you read in a book that was translated from several other languages by people who had limited knowledge of those languages. Did you ever play "postman" as a child where a message is whispered into a child ear and then that child whispers into another child's ear and so on? The message at the end will not resemble the original version in any way. This is what happened to the bible. Grow up!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Julia

      In case you don't know the history of the bible translation it goes roughly:
      1. 6th century BCE – adopt babylonian stories – translated into Hebrew
      2. 3rd century BCE – return to israel – add new stories in Hebrew
      3. 1 -3rd century CE – translate into Greek
      4. 3rd century CE – translate Greek into Latin
      5. 17th century CE – translate into Latin into English
      6. Now – translate into fron 17th century English to modern English
      The modern English probably lacks most of the original. We don't know because there are no BCE editions left.
      Perhaps you could give us an outline on "Overhauling of Straight american". I have a weak stomach.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • J.W

      How do you know that no one is born gay? How do you know it isnt the other way around? Maybe no one is born straight. Maybe we are all born gay and hypnotized into becoming straight.

      August 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  13. Mark Phillips

    "...the very human perspectives of its leaders and attribute them to God.So let’s stop the charade and be honest.

    Opponents of gay marriage aren’t defending the Bible’s values. They’re using the Bible to defend their own."
    Part of the Bible's values which deal with immorality are also words which Moses wrote down as a message from God. Read Leviticus 18 and in it you will see that the commands against immorality are spelled out for Israel. These are offenses which one could be stoned (killed) for. If you argue that Evangelical men are reading their own values into the Bible in condemning immorality, is it not you who are reading your own opinion into the Bible when you argue that God accepts immorality? If you are going to defend gay marriage, do not defend it from the Bible because the Bible has great deal to say, negatively, about immorality which includes gay marriage. You would be better to throw the Bible out altogether and defend your view from the atheist perspective in that they believe that the Bible is not inspired and is full of myths. Your Seminary experience has not enabled you to know more about God and His word, but it has clouded your own thinking about what the Bible actually says.

    August 26, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • LOL

      "Read Leviticus 18"

      You are doing exactly what the author is talking about you're quoting just a piece of that scripture but not the rest. Leviticus was not written for Christians today which is why many don't follow it's teachings, eating shellfish, tattoos, etc...

      August 27, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Mark Phillips

      LOL...read my other post...OT and NT do not condone gay marriage...

      August 27, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • LOL

      "LOL...read my other post...OT and NT do not condone gay marriage..."

      You are trying to put words in m mouth...I am pointing out you are doing what the author is talking about. Christians don't follow Leviticus today, now do you know why....

      August 27, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  14. Tammy

    "The community most opposed to gay marriage usually reads these condemnations very leniently. A 2007 issue of Christianity Today, for example, featured a story on its cover about divorce that concluded that Christians should permit divorce for “adultery,” “emotional and physical neglect” and “abandonment and abuse.” Actually I believe it says that man can divorce his wife if she is not able to bear children.

    August 26, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Mark Phillips

      While divorce is not the issue in Dudley's argument, Jesus view of divorce is exactly as spelled out in Christianity Today (Mat 19 et al). To force someone to stay with an abusive or unfaithful husband goes against the tenants of the Bible. Divorce for other reasons other than these (abuse and infidelity) tend to fall into the category of selfishness and covetousness as well as immorality, which are traits which are not highly prized in the Bible.

      August 26, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Observer

      Mark,
      "To force someone to stay with an abusive or unfaithful husband goes against the tenants of the Bible. Divorce for other reasons other than these (abuse and infidelity) . ."

      Excellent example of exactly what the author's article was all about. Jesus says that ONLY infidelity is allowable for divorce. Using Jesus word's, divorce is not allowable for any kind of physical or mental abuse. Wishful thinking goes hand-in-hand with picking and choosing.

      August 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Mark Phillips

      Divorce as theology...put divorce in Bible search engine and also look at the life of David when he ran from Saul protecting his life...the Spirit of the Law and not the letter of the Law...

      August 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  15. Mark Phillips

    Dudley has not studied the Bible then because both Jesus and Paul command against immorality at least 25 times (one time Paul specifically equates immorality with same same gender cohabitation, 1Cor 6) and Paul mentions hair length once. Which is more likely to be culturally connected, hair length or immorality?
    To say that gay marriage does not fall under immorality in the Bible is to prevaricate words and say that immorality only happens between a man and a woman. When you say that the Bible does not prohibit gay marriage it is like saying that it is wrong for a man or a woman to have multiple partners but it is ok for a person to have multiple partners of the same gender. Multiple partners is still immorality as far as the Bible is concerned whether it be the same gender or not and gay marriage falls in the same category of immorality.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Observer

      Mark,

      Looks like you missed Dudley's statement: "I don’t doubt that the one New Testament author who wrote on the subject of male-male intercourse thought it a sin". His article is all about picking and choosing. You have chosen to pick on gays and ignor the much much larger problem of Christians who commit adultery. Jesus had a lot to clearly say about that. He had nothing to say condemning gays.

      August 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Mark Phillips

      Helllo...immorality=adultery as well....read closer...

      August 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Mark Phillips

      Nor condemning gays...defending the Bible

      August 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • LOL

      You are picking and choosing you do know they added the word homosexual to the bible it wasn't originally in it. Plus you need to pick up a history book when reading the bible that is condemning male prostitution and idolatry. Part of reading comprehension 101 is putting the text into historical context.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  16. Mark Phillips

    Wow, talk about censorship!!!

    August 26, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  17. Francis

    Insightful, compassionate, and Spiritual.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  18. MoreAntiChristinTalk

    this belief section of CNN is really the Anti-Chritian section of CNN.... Just call it what it is.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • truthsetsfree

      Yes it is, they want to criminalize Biblical Christianity to suit their dark ways.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Wingrider

      Why is this anti-christian? If God is perfect, then all His creations are also perfect. If He created gay men and women, then He had a purpose for doing so. How are you so inclined to know what His words mean? How can you even get on the same level to interpret the Bible? If this is supposed to be the word of God, and written to me, then I don't need your interpretation.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • anonymous77

      Actually Wingrider, God is perfect but his creations are not. That's kind of the whole point of the genesis story and the Fall of Man. Man fell into temptation and became wicked.

      August 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  19. Excuses

    Thank you Jonathan Dudley. The bible was written by man not god so who is to say what god thinks.

    H0m0s-xuality (sorry for spelling CNN has serious issues) has been around since the beginning of time and if man is made in god's image then a gay lifestyle isn't an abomination ie god hasn't an issue with h0m0s-xuals. I'm tired of hearing the weak minded using the religion argument as their reason for opposing gay people.

    If you don't like gay people be man or woman enough to have the courage of your convictions and leave the bible out of it.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • Tammy

      Actually, God used man to write His words and teachings.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  20. Observer

    Did anyone read the full story? It's all about pick and choose hypocrisy.

    The author proves his point everytime someone pretends the issue here is whether or not the Bible says h0mos-xuality is an abomination.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:25 am |
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