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My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality
The author writes that it's fine for Christians to take certain biblical condemnations seriously while ignoring others.
May 21st, 2012
10:00 AM ET

My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler Jr., Special to CNN

Are conservative Christians hypocritical and selective when it comes to the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality? With all that the Bible condemns, why the focus on gay sex and same-sex marriage?

Given the heated nature of our current debates, it’s a question conservative Christians have learned to expect. “Look,” we are told, “the Bible condemns eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and any number of other things. Why do you ignore those things and insist that the Bible must be obeyed when it comes to sex?”

On its face, it’s a fair question. But it can be posed in two very different ways.

First, the question can be asked to suggest that the Bible’s clear condemnation of sexual sins can simply be set aside. The other way of posing the question represents a genuine attempt to understand how the Bible is to be rightly applied to life today.

In truth, those asking the question the first way really don’t want an answer.

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An honest consideration of the Bible reveals that most of the biblical laws people point to in asking this question, such as laws against eating shellfish or wearing mixed fabrics, are part of the holiness code assigned to Israel in the Old Testament. That code was to set Israel, God’s covenant people, apart from all other nations on everything from morality to diet.

As the Book of Acts makes clear, Christians are not obligated to follow this holiness code. This is made clear in Peter’s vision in Acts 10:15. Peter is told, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

In other words, there is no kosher code for Christians. Christians are not concerned with eating kosher foods and avoiding all others. That part of the law is no longer binding, and Christians can enjoy shrimp and pork with no injury to conscience.

The Bible’s commands on sexual behavior, on the other hand, are continued in the New Testament. When it comes to homosexuality, the Bible’s teaching is consistent, pervasive, uniform and set within a larger context of law and Gospel.

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The Old Testament clearly condemns male homosexuality along with adultery, bestiality, incest and any sex outside the covenant of marriage. The New Testament does not lessen this concern but amplifies it.

The New Testament condemns both male and female homosexual behavior. The Apostle Paul, for example, points specifically to homosexuality as evidence of human sinfulness. His point is not merely that homosexuals are sinners but that all humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The New Testament condemns a full range of sexual sins, and homosexuality is specified among these sins. In Romans, Paul refers to homosexuality in terms of “dishonorable passions,” “contrary to nature” and “shameless.” As New Testament scholar Robert Gagnon has stated, the Bible’s indictment “encompasses every and any form of homosexual behavior.”

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Some people then ask, “What about slavery and polygamy?” In the first place, the New Testament never commands slavery, and it prizes freedom and human dignity. For this reason, the abolitionist movement was largely led by Christians, armed with Christian conviction.

The Old Testament did allow for polygamy, though it normalizes heterosexual monogamy. In the New Testament, Jesus made clear that marriage was always meant to be one man and one woman.

“Have you not read that He who created them made them male and female?” Jesus asked in Matthew. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” For this reason, Christians have opposed polygamy on biblical grounds.

Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never adultery or pornography. It is about homosexuality.

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Christians who are seriously committed to the authority of the Bible have no choice but to affirm all that the Bible teaches, including its condemnation of homosexuality. At the same time, our confidence is that God condemns those things that will bring his human creatures harm and commands those things that will lead to true human happiness and flourishing.

In other words, we understand that the Bible condemns all forms of sin because our Creator knows what is best for us. The Bible names sins specifically so that each of us will recognize our own sinfulness and look to Christ for salvation and the forgiveness of our sins.

Christian love requires that we believe and teach what the Bible teaches and that we do so with both strong conviction and humble hearts. The Church must repent of our failures in both of these tasks, but we must not be silent where the Bible speaks.

Are Christians hypocrites in insisting that homosexual behavior is sin? We, too, are sinners, and hypocrisy and inconsistency are perpetual dangers.

The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective.

At the same time, this painful failure must remind us that we must not fail to answer rightly when asked what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. Love requires us to tell the truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Gay marriage • Opinion

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  1. Andrew Branham

    Who cares what the bible says – it is a bunch of out dated folklore that people lean on because they are afraid to fact the truth – God doesn't exist.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Nailed It

      You're dead on here...can't believe that 90% + of the population believe in a god...they're so naive!

      ...obviously the roughly 10% of us that don't believe in a god have it right...

      May 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Birdseye

      Says who? Has the LORD ever told you that he doesn't exist?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • GoSitInTheCar

      To what do attribute the compassion for your argument.....science?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Bible Camp

      Depends on definition. I think organized religions are a crock, all of them. Doesn't mean I can't still believe in a higher power to relate to and call it God or anything else I want.

      The problems came when leaders (bullies) decided to take control and have all "their" people worship God in their way, and then of course other groups would start their wars to make sure all the groups followed their group's way. And it has never ended.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Bible Camp

      "Has the LORD ever told you that he doesn't exist?"

      lol Has Superman ever told you that he doesn't exist?

      May 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Solus5

      Explain the existence of logic. Any "logical" person would acknowledge the immaterial, universal, unchanging laws of logic, mathematics, science, and absolute morality exist. These laws are necessary for rational thinking to be possible and cannot be accounted for if the universe was random or only material in nature.

      The Bible teaches us that there are 2 types of people in this world, those who profess the truth of God's existence and those who suppress the truth of God's existence. The Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God as it declares that the existence of God is so obvious that we are without excuse for not believing in Him.

      In other words, the proof that God exists is that without God, you can't prove anything at all.. With that said, I will probably get some reply calling me names or something like that.. but.. who knows.. I would like to hear a valid rational attempt at the question of the origin of the existence of logic by purely chemical means.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  2. Andrew McCauley

    This is very interesting, but it all rests on one assumption: That Christianity is true, the Abrahmatic god is real, and that the Bible is truly infallible and unalterable. There have been thousands of gods and tens of thousands of religions in just our recorded history. Each one absolutely assured that it was the one true religion, worshiping the true god(s), and that everyone else was wrong. These creeds have sprung up and died off throughout history, and we have absolutely no proof (aside from circular arguments) that Christianity – or any other religion, for that matter – is the true one. And history shows us that religion is *always* on the wrong side of science.

    So, it's nice your beliefs allow for your bigotry. Kudos to you.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  3. chip

    The mere fact that there are two versions of the bible is problematic. Man wrote the bible and decided he'd change it :-). Next, something else people choose not to answer is the conflicts of fact and fiction. *fact* evolution **fiction**there was a talking snake!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • chip

      Oh yeah! What about the majority of the world's population who do not follow christianity at all? Greek mythology was largely believed in once upon a time, too...since we're talking myths.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Solus5

      Evolution as Fact? WOW... I think I wills stick with the talking snake... Evolution beleives that in the begining there was nothing... Then it exploded.. Life comes from non-life, and your uncle was slimmy ooze that decided to crawl out of the ocean... Answer this.. Explain the existence of logic. Any "logical" person would acknowledge the immaterial, universal, unchanging laws of logic, mathematics, science, and absolute morality exist. These laws are necessary for rational thinking to be possible and cannot be accounted for if the universe was random or only material in nature.

      The Bible teaches us that there are 2 types of people in this world, those who profess the truth of God's existence and those who suppress the truth of God's existence. The Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God as it declares that the existence of God is so obvious that we are without excuse for not believing in Him.

      In other words, the proof that God exists is that without God, you can't prove anything at all.. With that said, I will probably get some reply calling me names or something like that.. but.. who knows.. I would like to hear a valid rational attempt at the question of the origin of the existence of logic by purely chemical means.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  4. Charmant

    Only human cannot understand nature.
    We do not need the bible to tell us that it is nasty and wrong for a man to sleep with another man. It does not make sense. It does not fit into nature. Everything around us gives us a clear understanding of how things work. Up and down, left and right, back and forth, hot and cold, happiness and sadness, black or white, MAN AND WOMAN, MALE AND FEMALE and so.
    What kind of man would want to breathe and smell another man breath and sleep with another man?
    You people are sick and nasty.
    This is not about religion. It is sickening.
    .

    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Actually your mind is perverted.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Andrew McCauley

      While you're that deep in the closet see if you can find my sandals.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • ChristopherM

      If men are so repugnant, it makes you wonder why women would have them.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Kevin

      I could make the same argument about how it sickens me for you to slide your d i c k into a woman's v a g i n a ... but after all it is a matter of who we're attracted to. Why don't you go spread your hate elsewhere?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "We do not need the bible to tell us that it is nasty and wrong for a man to sleep with another man. It does not make sense. It does not fit into nature. Everything around us gives us a clear understanding of how things work. Up and down, left and right, back and forth, hot and cold, happiness and sadness, black or white, MAN AND WOMAN, MALE AND FEMALE and so.
      What kind of man would want to breathe and smell another man breath and sleep with another man?
      You people are sick and nasty."

      Gay relationships have been documented in over 1500 other species, it's totally natural. The experts have stated that heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience.

      Which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Birdseye

      And once upon a time it was considered disgusting for a black to like a white. We've pretty much gotten over racial prejudice, now let's get over ANY other forms of discrimination that people think is okay. Really, if you were gay, would you want to be picked at by other human beings? No, and the discriminative people are the only ones who can stop discrimination.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  5. You are wrong

    The initial premises of this article are total fallacy. Reading no further.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  6. justinstl

    Life has no purspose except to preserve itself....life is no different than a disease or bacteria....Human life is more destructive than all. Man made up God to try to find purpose....there is no purpose no great culmination.....the only thing to look forward to is death. Life of any kind is nothing more than a disease.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Solus5

      What a morbid life... If life is nothing more that just a series of chemical reactions then explain the existence of logic. Any "logical" person would acknowledge the immaterial, universal, unchanging laws of logic, mathematics, science, and absolute morality exist. These laws are necessary for rational thinking to be possible and cannot be accounted for if the universe was random or only material in nature.

      The Bible teaches us that there are 2 types of people in this world, those who profess the truth of God's existence and those who suppress the truth of God's existence. The Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God as it declares that the existence of God is so obvious that we are without excuse for not believing in Him.

      In other words, the proof that God exists is that without God, you can't prove anything at all.. With that said, I will probably get some reply calling me names or something like that.. but.. who knows.. I would like to hear a valid rational attempt at the question of the origin of the existence of logic by purely chemical means.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • justinstl

      I believe that a all Life is energy....I believe that mans life (still energy) but genetically "made/ altered" by our maker/makers to make us more manageable to use for the slave work that we were placed on this rock to be. Our Makers were/are a race of Et's/GODS(meaning not of this earth) Who created man "in our own image" to mine gold on this planet. (the only thing man truly cares about. The Christian bible and christian faith is based on the writings of the ancient Sumerians. These writings are far older than any christian writings ever found. These writings state that Man was placed here by the Anunnaki ...A race of aliens with elongated heads. We were created with their DNA they(ancient Sumerians) wrote of it....We were crated "inour own image" the first man was named/called ADAMO(ADAM) ....All the Christian writings are based on these writings. We were put here to mine gold for their troubled planet....when they "the Gods" left us (abandoned) us here Man did everything it knew how to mimic the Gods ....we elongated our skulls (many tribes still do this) we collect and stockpile gold for no reason but to have it to offer the Gods when they return. There is no other reason why we would stock pile gold the way we do. Look at the Vatican! It too collects gold, adorns its buildings with it. Even the pope wears an elongated skull hat to mimic the Gods. Man the more powerful ones Created Christianity ONLY to control and instill fear onto the rest of the people. Only to control them and give them hope that their life had meaning.....but most of all to rule over them just as the Anunnaki Ruled over everybody when they were here. All of this is factual truth with "real "evidence of it. The bible was based upon it but twisted around to suit the greedy needs of the powerful men.
      Still even though we got here by inteligent design....life still has no real/true purpose or meaning ....life is energy.....nothing more than a disease that spreads and replicates and then dies. Your thought energy or Soul yes will go on for ever back into the collective energy of the multiverses out there . Everything here has always been in some form or another ....the universe is finite....without one single atom...if one molecule would cease to exist then all atoms and molecules too wouldnt exist. Everything in existence is part of a quantum entanglement. IT IS WHAT IT IS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WE ARE ALL GOD! without you and me...there would be no god. withoout god there would be no man. PERIOD. there is no heaven...no hell no need for ino need to think or care about an afterlife. Its not important. life just is .... Mans life just is and will soon be over. we have only been on this rock for a blink of an eye in the history of this world and will be gone in a blink of an eye!
      SEE I did not attack you !

      May 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  7. khrog

    anyone who is religious: you have your religious freedom, so shut the f-c-k up about everyone else's behaviour and stop seeking to legislate and legitimize your anxiety and dogma into everyone else's physical and psychic shere.

    all heathens/infidels/pagans: you don't need to pretend that any religious dogmatists with political ambitions and many evangelicals are deserving of ANY respect beyond the fact that they are afforded the right to practice their religion for themselves. History and experience confirms this for you.

    I think both of you know that this exactly how it is.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  8. Michael

    CNN Belief Blog staff meeting:
    "Any ideas to drive up readership?"
    "Let's run a gay marriage story with a different viewpoint every few days and watch the same people make the same reflexive comments over and over again."
    "Then the next day we'll run a "what you said" story and watch the same commenters at it again."

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • khrog

      yep

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  9. Bob

    @ pete. Maybe you didn't realize it Pete, but 2000 years ago they didn't take pictures. It's true he never married. It's also true that he was very aware he was going to be crucified as a young man. A) It would have been rather selfish of him to marry and father kids knowing they'd be left without an earthly dad B) not to mentioned a widowed wife C) it was completely unnecessary for him to marry to accomplish what he came to do. Of course, he wouldn't have participated in fornication with women because God's word teaches this is sin. Although I didn't marry until I was 24, I also stayed celibate until that time. Following your broken reasoning, if you had met me at 23, would you have thought I was gay, because I was celibate? Rest assured, Christians aren't losing sleep wondering whether or not Jesus was gay. And, contrary to what you wrote, in todays political climate, more than half of the US would proclaim him a hero for coming out.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  10. Bible Camp

    The bible is nothing but a book of fiction. A collection of stories that started around a campfire looking at the moon.

    "and the tales grow taller on down the line"

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Birdseye

      Excuse me? I'm pretty sure most of the Bible isn't ficiton. I don't appreciate your comment.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Bible Camp

      lol. It was written hundreds of years after all the supposed events, so how were said events recorded? How could there be even the slightest hint of evidence that would show proof?

      Because somebody "heard" something happened? Who actually heard that from somebody that heard that from somebody that heard that? lol The bible is no different than Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. But feel free. 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • JCNOW

      I do appreciate your comments and agree with them wholeheartedly. Isn't it funny how evangelical nut cases "don't appreciate" comments from people who believe that the bible is a collection of fairy tales, but they don't have any problem with those who disavow science-based evolution. The last one leaving the last church standing, please turn out the lights.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Solus5

      Ok.. I appreciate your comments and I have a question for you to answer.. Explain the existence of logic. Any "logical" person would acknowledge the immaterial, universal, unchanging laws of logic, mathematics, science, and absolute morality exist. These laws are necessary for rational thinking to be possible and cannot be accounted for if the universe was random or only material in nature.

      The Bible teaches us that there are 2 types of people in this world, those who profess the truth of God's existence and those who suppress the truth of God's existence. The Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God as it declares that the existence of God is so obvious that we are without excuse for not believing in Him.

      In other words, the proof that God exists is that without God, you can't prove anything at all.. With that said, I will probably get some reply calling me names or something like that.. but.. who knows.. I would like to hear a valid rational attempt at the question of the origin of the existence of logic by purely chemical means.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • justinstl

      Birdseye....I'm pretty sure that there is No proof that there is any factual truths written in the bible either. It goes both ways! You can not appriciate all the comments you want!

      May 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  11. Duke One

    FINALLY, someone who knows what the Bible actually says !! However, it was always Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Just like our history books record slavery, and the Bible polygomy, it does not mean it was ever condoned.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • ChristopherM

      Regardless of what it says, people who believe it don't have the right to impose their beliefs on civil law. Al Mohler is a joke, and is an embarassment to the rest of our city where his crackpot caveman school is located.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Chris R

      Being that, in this country at least, marriage is a civil contract between two consent individuals what role does the Bible have to play? I know I know... morality... The thing is that our legal code isn't based on morals. It's based on ethics. Ethics and morals are different beasts.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Stuart Jones

      Slavery was condoned???? WTH

      May 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Kevin

      I would like to think if it were Adam and Steve, us gays would be more accepting of people who were born straight in the minority than you are of gays.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Paul

      "Not Adam and Steve" - about the most ignorant comment I've ever read! "Adam" and "Eve" weren't names.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • justinstl

      The bible was based on the writings of the Sumerians who believe we were made as the result of DNA alterations and hybridization of alien life and primitive man. Adam comes from Adamo meaning FIRST MAN.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  12. meemee

    Anyone interested in the linguistics and translating that has resulted in over 400,000 translation errors in the Bible (more errors than there are words in the NT), should read the fascinating book by theologian turned agnostic, Bart Erhman's "Misquoting Jesus."

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Bob

      In reality, most of those so-called errors are changes in the spelling of a letter and using words with the same meaning in context interchangeably, for example, "Jesus" in place of "Lord" and vice versa. Ehrman is loved by liberal scholars, but his scholarship is actually pretty shoddy and misleading.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • JCNOW

      Well of course his scholarship is shoddy. You wouldn't see it any other way, would you? To find otherwise might mean you have to face the reality that all the little rules and regulations spelled out in the bible that allow you to feel superior to others mean absolutely nothing.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  13. Dawn

    What did the author mean..."The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective." Did the church fail to condemn or did the church fail by acting as judge against them?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  14. Truth

    Great article! Right on point! Finally CNN gives someone with a mind the opportunity to speak!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Unfortunately it isn't his own mind.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Jeannine

      "Great article! Right on point! "

      This writer missed the point. The Scriptures were written approximately 2000 or more years ago when there was no knowledge of constitutional homosexuality. The Scripture writers believed that all people were naturally heterosexual so that they viewed homosexuality activity as unnatural. Women today are pointing out that the inferiority of women expressed in the scriptures was a product of culture and the times in which the Bible was written; it should not be followed today, now that we are beginning to appreciate the natural and God-given equality of men and women.

      Similarly, as we know that homosexuality is just as natural and God-given as heterosexuality, we realize that the Biblical injunctions against homosexuality were conditioned by the attitudes and beliefs about this form of sexual expression which were held by people without benefit of centuries of scientific knowledge and understanding.

      It is unfair of us to expect or impose a twentieth century mentality and understanding about equality of genders, races and sexual orientations on the Biblical writers. We must be able to distinguish the eternal truths the Bible is meant to convey from the cultural forms and attitudes expressed there.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  15. n8263

    Christians think Sharia Law is immoral but impose their own Sharia Law in America.
    No matter what version, it's immoral to impose your religion by denying others civil rights.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  16. GoSitInTheCar

    To whom do we attribute the passion we have"for" or "against" an argument? Why do we get a "gut" feeling when making important decisions? Why do ALL humans have a sense of compassion for those truly in need? What would happen to trees if there were no wind? Why do rabbits breed faster than most animals? How do lions know that the strongest male is to sow his seed to insure their species survives? Why do we angry at then forgive those we love?

    Lemme guess.....the science is settled?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  17. Henry Plantagenet

    First, this guy is misquoting the Bible. Second, a big chunk of Paul's writings weren't even written by Paul, so asserting that these anonymous words came from God is stupid. Third, it is absurd, arbitrary and hypocritical to accept the word of 2000-year-old Iron Age bigots, but reject the word of 3000-year-old bigots; this is still the same era that condoned slavery, torture, human sacrifice, racism, and the subjugation of women, and accepting the primitive beliefs of these barbaric tribal fishermen as a bedrock moral code for 2012 is idiotic.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • 1927henritta

      How do. U know

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • 1927henritta

      Paul could. Not see very well at. All mark was the one.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  18. historyrepeatsitself

    In 50 years, Mr. Mohler will be looked upon in the same light that people who believe blacks shouldn't have equal rights are now looked upon today. If you don't believe me, please look at what book the KKK uses to back their idea of white supremacy.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  19. Woman

    I wonder if this guy supported Newt Gingrich, with his 3 wives. WE MUST PRESERVE MARRIAGE!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  20. danielkbrantley

    What a dull conversation you are all having here. He gave the Christian perspective on why gay marriage is not something to be accepted within the church and all you can do is bash him for it. Thank you for reminding me that Christians aren't the only ones who are narrow minded. After all, when someone thinks different than you, don't talk to them–laugh at them!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      There is no virtue in tolerating intolerance.

      When Christian hatemongers mouth off, it's the responsibility of enlightened people to criticize them for it. Otherwise, you're just a "mafia wife".

      May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Erick Lender

      I am not sure where you get the information that Biden or Obama have said not to listen to your ministers or priest. You are welcome to listen to whoever you want. The simple issue is the separation between religion and goverment. Religion should not dictate laws. This is the root of this country.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • danielkbrantley

      But I don't think he's hate mongering. He's simply presenting the case of the Christian, attempting to educate folks who are outside of the church. This is something to be thankful for.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Rationalist

      He ignores christ's words in favor of Paul's. Ignoring words directly attributed to christ in favor of those attributed to a mortal seems pretty unchristian to me.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
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