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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
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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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  1. One one

    Easy steps to starting a successful religion.

    First, the rules:

    Rule number 1: Believe or else
    Rule number 2: See rule number 1.
    Rule number 3: See rule number 1.

    NEXT: Convince vulnerable, prospective devotees that they are worthless trash; sinners, who are certain to burn in hell and suffer the brutality of their loving god's wrath because they deserve it.

    NEXT: After the vulnerable, prospective devotees have been sufficiently pounded down by indoctrination and fear of death, on top of life's other challenges, offer them a "get out of hell, go directly to heaven" pass.

    HINT No. 1 This last tactic is most successful if you play to the emotions of the vulnerable with a story full of drama, torture, blood, sacrifice and death. Tell them that it is moral and acceptable to absolve the "sins" of a guilty person by punishing another innocent person. And for good measure, Throw in a lot of stories about miracles.

    NEXT: To obtain a " Get out of hell, go directly to heaven" pass, See rule number 1.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Answer

      It is always emotional blackmail. The only one thing religion comes up with is 'fear'.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Marc

      FEAR is the perfect word. FEAR of dying. FEAR of not knowing where the universe "came from". FEAR of the unknown. If a god came down and told everyone that the universe always was (in time and space), that humans are just as important/unimportant as rats and birds, and that life was finite (no such thing as pre-birth and post-death, just life)... I guarantee you that every church/temple/mosque would close down within a month.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      @marc

      Precisely....without the "carrot" of everlasting life in the hereafter dangled in front of their noses there would be no reason or need to worship.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  2. Henry

    All the persecution against Christians on this board is just proof that Christianity is true. Jesus prophesied that Christians would be persecuted for their beliefs.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Drew

      LOl you don't know persecution, try being gay for a day

      May 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Kleb

      *points and laughs

      May 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • One one

      They brought it upon themselves.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      Help, help, I'm the 80% majority and I'm oh so oppressed, lol.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Jim tom

      Rofl! Great prophecy. Every religion in the history of mankind has been persecuted for their beliefs.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Marc

      I'm going to build a time machine and transport you back a couple thousand years so that you can meet Jesus. The only thing you must do in return is wear a helmet with a camera attached to it so that I can see how hard Jesus laughs at you.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • John

      Henry...Stand firm brother! Do not listen to those who are persecuting you with words. All they are doing is validating your assessment. They don't understand that none of mankind's weapons hurt more than words for words come from the heart and defile the man.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  3. JennyTX

    What part of "separation of church and state" don't you understand??

    May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Logan from Texas

      I love that you think it is a violation of "separation of church in state" when we have not allowed gay marriage since the founding. Apparently the U.S. Supreme Court didn't think it was a violation of "separation of church in state" when it denied cert in Baker v. Nelson back in 1972.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • John

      Read the First Amendment first before propagating a myth.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  4. JeramieH

    John, the First Amendment only applies to the US government making laws. You're on a private website where they can do whatever they want. Perhaps you slept through Government class?

    May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  5. Jim tom

    Question for you. If I'm not gay, but I believe it's fine and support my friends that are. Then am I going to hell with them?

    May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  6. swaf

    This may come as a shocker to some of you but not all christains are christians, not everyone that says they obey actually does. Not only this Christianity is a progression, when you start you may not know how to love each other, which is basically the only commandment we have under the law of liberty, bot those that love need to learn how to love, and the bible teaches you, to be nice, caring, not mean or bad language or stealing or hurting etc etc. So some christians may not act christiany, some may be ignorant, some may be new and some may be fake.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • swaf

      c

      May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • swaf

      Not only this, everyone sins, even christians, the difference is that christians understand that they they are sinners and continually fight the good fight while others dont think so or dont care.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Kleb

      You're right. I don't care if you think I'm a sinner.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • swaf

      @Kleb – so we agree

      May 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  7. triveone

    The Israelites took sin and disobeience very seriously. Unlike our culture which worships moral relativity raises their children with no moral compass and also state things out of context. Joel, probably believes that no child should be taught right from wrong or consequences.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Kleb

      That worked out really well for the Israelites.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Ahem

      "Joel, probably believes that no child should be taught right from wrong or consequences."

      I doubt it. Teach real consequences. There is not a shred of verified evidence for any supernatural consequences.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • swaf

      their problem is that they kept falling away from God, God kept bringing back and it wasnt always a fun ride

      May 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  8. NY_Christian

    God gave us 10 commandments (Old Testament)... Jesus summed them all up (New Testament) when he said the first of the 10 was the greatest... He then advised us that we should "Love your neighbor as yourself"... Man made the other laws depicted in the Old Testament and God allowed those, because he does not take away our free will... God gives us liberty... The Gospels clearly indicate what is an abomination to God... Christians should always hate a sin but extend God's love to a sinner... We should be sharing our faith and the Truth per God's Word to all men (and women)... Doing so may prompt a sinner to accept God's plan for redemption and salvation.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  9. Michael Pittman

    Puckles lives on this cloud as if she is better than anyone and has the right to lash the word of god upon others. But has all the wrong methods of going about it. THESE PEOPLE ARE KILLING THE CHURCH BODY. 75% off teenagers rejected their faith or church before turning 20. Most respond of their parents teachings "Baptist" some of the most hypocritical christens.. The way of the world is changing and we are not juding N-ers, Gays, Terroist, or what other lies you have built upon us. YOU PEOPLE ARE NO BETTER THAN ANY PERSON OR RELIGION ON THIS PLANET. Do your research... one love, one god, one humanity, one savior, and one world...

    May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Joe Brown

      And one way to BELIEVE, lest you set another inquisition upon the heretics?
      LOL

      May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Kleb

      *points and laughs at MIchael

      May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  10. Joe Brown

    I AM GAY! Quick, pour the hatred of the loving god upon me!

    Silly children....who is bothered by it all, do you think???

    May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • swaf

      Its not a sin to have desires, we have good and bad ones all the time, its a sin to act in certain ways with those desires.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • swaf

      Even King David, the guy that God loved so much, "loved his friend more than any woman"

      May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  11. Jim tom

    A god that would send people to suffer for all of eternity for not following what is written in a book. That is not a god. That is a tyrant.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  12. John

    I vote my belief system even if Christianity. You vote your belief system. This is America!

    May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • n8263

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

      May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      We should not even be voting to restrict other people rights, they should be and for the most part are protected under our consti.tution, it's just sad so many Americans have never even read it and certainly don't understand it or it's intent to keep the majority "mob rules" mentality from discriminating against the minorities.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • John

      n8263...So I am supposed to step aside, throw my belief system away, ignore my morals, and let you vote against my rights and beliefs. Newsflash: Ain't goin to happen as long as I am breathing! Let's face the truth. There will NEVER be a 100% consensus. These differences will continue until His kingdom is firmly established. Then the issue will be settled once and for all!

      May 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • John

      Mass Debater...I vote on those things that are already established by the Creator and are irrevocable. I cannot nor will not vote otherwise. To do otherwise is to abandon and deny Him! What may be considered a "right" to one maybe something else to another. Why do we think ourselves higher than Him and our "intelligence, beliefs, and opinions" greater than His wise counsel. These differences will never be settled until He returns.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  13. Mormon magical underwear

    Step right up folks step right up! Romney is giving out some religious goodies at his next campain stop! You will recieve an autographed picture of Joesoph Smith his messiah,a man who molested children,theif,con man,and a murderer.Then you will recieve the BOOK OF MORMON which they worship because the con man Joesoph Smith wrote it to help him controll his followers.Then you will recieve MORMON MAGICAL UNDERWEAR it protects you from evil so the Mormons say,and the most devout never shall take them off.Then last but not least you get a free trip to PLANET KOLOB where mormons believe god lives lol. I am a REPUB but will not vote for BISHOP ROMNEY HE IS A CULTIST! DONT SELL OUT YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH TO SUPPORT A MAN WHO BELIEVES IN THIS CRAPOLA! I will sit this election out along with thousands of christians who will not support a cultist! SAY NO TO THE MAGICAL SKIDMARK CULTIST ROMNEY!

    May 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  14. Snowdog

    I have a question for the Atheists out there. What do you base your unbelief on? Is it because your parents were? Something bad happend to you? I truly want to now? Have you ever researched the Bible and its accuracy? I guess I do not understand how you can look out at the sky, earth, universe and say that there is no creator. That we just popped here. Most of the non-christians that post on this blog sound hateful, angry. Why so much hate for a God you do not believe in?

    May 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      What do you base you lack of belief in leprechauns and Thor on?

      Tell me why you don't believe in Zeus. Replace Zeus with any other deity. There's your answer.

      Nothing bad happened to me, I simply stopped believing in fairy tales and Santa Claus for adults.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Colin

      Snowdog, you’ll find that most (ex-Christian) atheists don’t believe for one or more of the following reasons:

      The concept of an immortal being makes no sense to us.

      The concept of an all-powerful being makes no sense to us.

      The concept of an all-knowing being makes no sense to us.

      We tend to have a good working knowledge of the age, size and history of the Universe and the idea that a being would create the entire thing – with 400,000,000,000 galaxies, EACH with 100, 000,000,000 starts and even more planets, then sit back and wait 13,720,000,000 years for human beings to evolve on one planet so he could “love them” and send his son to talk about sheep and goats in Iron Age Palestine makes no sense to us.

      The answers usually proffered for what we see as basic logical flaws in Christianity – “you have been blinded by your lack of faith” “God moves in mysterious ways” “God is outside the Universe” or “our minds are too small to understand the greatness of God” are never satisfying to us. We see a retreat to mysticism as the first refuge of the cornered fool.

      The common argument, “well, what caused the Big Bang?” with the implication that, because we have only theories and no iron clad explanation for the Big Bang yet, [the Christian] god must have caused it – does not make sense to us. “I don’t know” does not equal “god” to us, much less the Judeo-Christian god. We feel the answers to such a question are much more likely to be found in Einstein’s equations, quantum physics, large particle accelerators and radio telescopes than in Genesis Chapters 1 through 20. We’re crazy aren’t we?

      We do not see miracles in things like tornadoes missing a certain trailer in a trailer park, cancer going into remission or Tim Tebow winning a football game.

      We understand that Christianity is one of many, many religions in the World, and we don’t think that we were lucky enough to have been born in the one part of the World that “got it right”.

      We tend to have a basic knowledge of history and know that there is nothing magical or special about the supposed history of the Jews, gospels, letters, apocalyptic story (Revelations) and other materials that found their way into the Bible, in that they are largely indistinguishable from the other mythology and religious writings of the time and region.

      Human beings are terrified of their own deaths and we see the various religious beliefs that try to “wish it away” such as reincarnation, living happily ever after in Heaven with Jesus, having your own Mormon planet etc. as nothing more than childish stories for the more naive, timid minds among us.

      We do not see morality as predicated upon a belief in the supernatural. We accept that one can be moral without believing in the supernatural and that doing so is no guaranty that one will conform to the norms of society that people call “morality”.

      “You can’t prove God doesn’t exist” is not a convincing argument to us, as in inability to disprove something is a far cry from it being true. We cannot prove that the Hindu gods Shiva or Vishnu do not exist either, nor Santa Claus for that matter, but that is hardly a reason to believe in them. It is almost always impossible to prove a negative in this sense.

      When one looks at the various Christian beliefs that were once firmly believed – Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, people living to be 700 or 900 years old, the Red Sea splitting, water turning into wine, talking snakes, a man living in a whale’s belly, people rising from the dead, Jesus driving demons out of people and into pigs – but which are now acknowledged by most thinking people to be mere mythology, it is pretty hard to give a lot of credibility to what’s left.

      It is hard not to consider Christianity as based on circular reasoning. Most Christians believe in God because the Bible says so, then turn around and say they believe the Bible because it is the word of God. To draw an analogy, “I believe Obama is a great man because his biography says so, and the reason I believe his biography is that it is about Obama, who is a great man.”

      In short, the more one comes to understand mother nature, the less reason there is to believe in a god and the more one understands human nature, the more one sees why so many of us still do.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      And yes, I've read the Bible, and the Koran and a half dozen other religious tomes. I'll wager I know more about your religion than you do – THAT's part of the reason I'm an atheist.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Kleb

      "Have you ever researched the Bible and its accuracy?"

      Yes.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Red

      Christian logic: Scientists can't explain everything, and therefore God will send you to hell if you don't believe in Jesus Christ.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • One one

      What could be more hateful than preaching that people deserve to be sent to hell for eternal torture for not believing as you do ?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • John

      Snowdog...Agree! I wonder the same thing. Don't they understand that He truly loves us and is an awesome god? He created us out of His lovingkindness. We would not be nor would we have without Him who created us!

      May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • mike douglas

      Science

      May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Thanks Colin, I appreciate and respect your answer. It was a great explanation not filled with hate. Thanks

      May 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • CommonSense

      Bravo Colin... Bravo!

      May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • John

      One one...Hell wasn't made for you. It was made for Satan who thought himself greater than the Father. God gives us a choice. REPEAT: You choose!. Follow Jesus to one destination - or - follow Satan to his destination. God will honor your choice. You either want a life with Him or without Him.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Duke One

      God cannot allow sin into heaven. That's why He sent His Son to die in your place and pay for your sin because He is the only one who is perfect. If you reject Jesus, that is your choice and in affect choose Hell.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  15. Andy

    Why do people get so angry about the Bible or what God says?? Could it be because they know it's true....

    May 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Amen Andy. Amen. Why do they get so angry if they do not belive in it?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Jim tom

      Um, duh. Because people are being denied their rights because of the "truth" in the Bible. Do you really need to ask that question?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Ahem

      Because the fundies are trying to run the whole country according to THEIR interpretation of an interpretation of an interpretation (etc.) of it.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      I'd be just as angry about the latest Harry Potter book if it were being used to justify ignorance and bigotry.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Mike

      Religion prevents people from making good decisions. It makes this world worse.

      When we've justified the restriction of 3rd parties based on our personal religious beliefs (eg being our brother's keeper) then we do not live in a free society. That is just subjugating someone else to your beliefs.

      When we're too unconcerned about *this* world (which undeniably exists) because we're pining for an eternity that we've never seen, then yes, we lose.

      Religion prevents people from looking for real reasons the world works because it pretends to be *the* answer.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Katie

      You are confusing argument for anger. Atheists aren't the ones with high blood pressure when it comes to the Bible, but those conservative Christians, they can get all red in the face defending the doctrine they pick and choose and from. I often point out their inconsistancies (I have read the Bible) but it's more out of amusement to see them get all nuts.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  16. n8263

    Christians think Sharia Law is immoral but impose their own Sharia Law here in America.

    No matter what version, it's immoral to impose your religion by denying others civil rights.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  17. LOL Religion

    Taking bets now on when the Rev will be caught with his hand in a rent-a-boy.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Red

    There are more variations in the thousands of early Bible manuscripts than there are words in the Bible. The manuscripts on which the King James Bible were based are also some of the worst. How is anyone to know what God's actual word is when all we have are copies of copies of copies of copies of the original text with countless variations?

    May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Drew

      The stupid evangelicals on here wont even know what you are talking about

      May 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  19. Tracey

    “What God has made clean, do not call common.” In other words.....

    Ugh, I hate this. No, not in other words. What I read in that line says, literally, anything God has cleaned up some item, so now I shouldn't call it "common". That's all; there is nothing more in that verse, at all. Nothing. Zip. Zilch.

    You simply CANNOT take ambiguous phrasing and turn it into specific points by playing the "in other words" card. It's disingenuous and self serving.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Drew

      I think it's pretty fair. It's what we do with other texts.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • n8263

      According to Jesus, the Divine Laws must still be followed. What should take precedence? Peter's dream in Acts Rev Mohler references, or Christ's actual words?

      Matthew 5:17:
      “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."

      To this day under Christian Law you are not to eat pork and shrimp, wear blended fabric, and must murder your disobedient children, non-virgin brides and adulterers. If you can rationalize rejecting what Jesus clearly taught then you can rationalize rejecting any part of the Bible no longer compatible with civil society.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  20. onlyyou

    I am a lesbian. I don't have any issues with this article. Those are his beliefs. I do have an issue with people being able to vote on what myself and another consenting adult are able to do. I do not agree with forcing your beliefs on other people. If a church does not welcome me then so be it.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Isn't every law people voting on what other people can do?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • McCave

      Right. He's free to have his opinion but not free to vote his conscience??

      May 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
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