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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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  1. Ambient Malice

    This is a nice, well-written article.
    And Rick Santorum would have made a great POTUS.
    It's nice to see so many people defending the article against the throng of thong throwing thespians.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Observer

      Maybe you should ask the people of the state where he used to represent them. They gave him the largest defeat of any incu-mbent Republican in their history.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • howard Dao

      Yes too bad Gods had shown Rick the exit door. Gods works in mysteriousy way

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  2. n8263

    To the dumbass posting above, that is denying religious freedom which I said was wrong, right above your comment.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • n8263

      I don't really have any idea who I'm talking to. I just like saying stuff.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • n8263

      See discussion at bottom of page.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  3. Brampt

    You dont need even to believe in God or the bible the see these relations are completely unnatural. Can these people have children? No. Are these people more exposed to deaseses, and in the back cancer?? Yes. Everyone can chose what else they want to be, but the consequences for there actions will come. Many make fun of the bible, but if the applied what is there in there life, people would avoid so many problems.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      what about straight couples that can't have a baby? should they be allowed to marry?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • DrateRaeraU

      Yes organized religion has done nothing but cause individual discipline and world peace. Which is why every single war is about border disputes or religion, and our world is still a mess. Religion is a system we use to convince ourselves that we have answers – and that those answers mean we are the center of the universe. When in fact the more we learn about the real, discernible world around us, the more we realize we have no idea what is actually going on

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Observer

      Brampt,

      Gays and lesbians can reproduce. Basic Biology 101.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Brampt

      Drate- yes I agree with you, but who really knows and understands the bible know that as the bible profecysed, many false profets would show up in the last days.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Brampt

      Observer- reproduce? Maybe man made, cause naturally a women is born a women and a men a men...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Bet

      You do know that hetero couple engage in what you call "in the back" activities, don't you? There are a lot of fun things to do that don't result in a baby. Is your life really that vanilla?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  4. justinstl

    God created man....who created god? Man created god without man there would be no god we are all one in the same

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      That's like saying James Bond created Ian Fleming.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • EnjaySea

      It is nothing lke saying that James Bond created Ian Fleming. James Bond is a fictional character, man is not. Man exists, and imagines, and can create. That which doesn't exist, cannot create.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  5. justinstl

    religion is just anidea or an opinion everyone has one that is right for them. everything in existence came from one singulaity and everything will too return to one singularity.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  6. mikeithomas

    Jesus Christ is King of all and the Savior of many.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • n8263

      So is Allah, Thor and Zeus.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • justinstl

      Savior...from what?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      jesus couldn't save himself.

      fail.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  7. theo

    Thank you for providing the true interpretation of the Scriptures. to speak the Truth of the Bible is not an action of animosity, but truly one of compassion. Still, the unfortunate reality is that many who choose to ignore God's Word will do so with venom and vile. The fortunate reality is that there are many more people who regard and accept the Bible who are also gay, and are willing to discuss it with civility and care and love. It's not my place to condemn anyone regardless of their position on this issue (or any other issue), but it is important to share ideas and beliefs, and at the same time talk of God's truth.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Dorothy

      And God's truth is that He would have no problem with Ho mo se x uality. They are part of his loving plan.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Wha

      Dorothy...except that God's Bible says its a bit of a no, no. Or did you read that part?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Bry S

      The truth is that both men and women have the same number of ribs 😉

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Bill

      Quite a misunderstanding on the author's part for the story of Peter in the Book of Acts. Peter specifically says "God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean," as a description of his vision. The vision was not about eating certain foods, but about accepting people who are different than you.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • justinstl

      @wha.....the bible is not Gods it is mans

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Brampt

      Theo- Christians have to respect everyone regardless of there background, but the bible is very specific that if someone want to become a true Christian needs to quit bad habits in there style of life, could be being gay, fornicator, drunkerd...etc ( 1corinthians 6:9-14) it is possible since many people in the first century before becoming Christians had to quit bad habits...Some of them were fornicators, man that would Lie with men, etc, but because of the strong love they had for God, they knew that there style of life didnt please him, so they quit being what they where. That's what would u call true love for God. But if some says, I love God but doesnt change... That's a fake kind a love!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  8. Michelle O.

    II tried to think of voting for Barrack but to be honest, I am not happy with things after 4 years and could not vote for another 4. Sorry hubby!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Observer

      Yep. Let's bring back a plummeting stock market and start a trillion dollar war for false reasons.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Michelle O.

      The choice isn't repub vs. dem stupid

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Observer

      You only have two parties that have any reasonable chance of winning, "Stupid".

      May 22, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • Michelle O.

      Thanks to sheep like you. Why do you vote for it if you don't like it?

      Because you're a sheep. That's why.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Michelle O.

      baaaaah, baaaahlllllllllllls. Grow some!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Ooh, trolling fun

      So, Michelle, what's Obama REALLY like?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      Obama rox! can't wait for another 4 years. cry your eyes out, republicans. boohoohoo...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Michelle O.

      Good question – i get asked this a lot. He takes the short cut if you know what I mean.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Bill C.

      Hey, Michelle. I've got some free time tonight if you'd like to join me. Hil's in some 'stan place. Did you know I like sax?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Observer

      Michelle O.,

      Grow up.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Hillary

      Bill, I'm watching you! Not again! You said never again! I'm going to run for office just so I can get that lady out of the White House so you'll stop ogling her!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  9. Matt

    On Page 293 of my edition of "Dreams for My Father," Obama recounts Wright's "The Audacity of Hope" sermon. (I linked a version of this earlier today.)

    Obama quotes this passage:

    "It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!"

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Matt

      I might have agreed if he hadn't included the phrase, "white folks greed" and just left it at greed

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Bobby

      Come on now, how many billionaires around the world aren't white?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Observer

      Matt,

      Finally, the TRUTH comes out. HE DIDN'T SAY IT. Rev. Wright said it.

      Do you guys care about TRUTH at all?

      So you did MAKE IT UP that he said it. Pathetic.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Ruff

      Exactly Matt – thats why we needed a savior.....now yur talkin dude!!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  10. justinstl

    God and Jesus hate capitalism....so why do Americans embrace it?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Matt

      I don't think God loves communism either with no religious freedoms and Chinese forcing abortions on women and forced sterilizations. Nice try though.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • GauisCaesar

      Because there is no closer system that would guarantee any freedom. BTW, Jesus and God promote a kingdom, though only Jesus can sit there.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Brandon

      actually they love it because it promotes agency, or the ability to choose for yourself. Not slavery, which is what socialism/communism basically is. God/Jesus want us to do the "social welfare" on our own, through charity...it is all pretty clear.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Cq

      Lots of religious groups practice communal living, where personal profit isn't the goal. The communists were against organized religion because it was a rival for power with the people, and it usually kept the working people in their place serving the upper classes.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Michael T

      Where in the Bible does it say that God hates Capitalism. As a carpenter Jesus was a capitalist.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  11. Dorothy

    Rather than condemning the gays, we could learn a lot from them...like: (1) Marriage should be more about what is in our hearts rather than what is between our legs. (2) Family should be about uniting people in a loving, nurturing home rather than about uniting a sperm with an egg. (3) Perversion is more about the religious right who reduce everything to their genitals rather than the gays who are in courts promoting relationships, family, and service to country.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      No, the lesson we should take away is that God has standards, and human society has no right to attempt to rewrite the Bible to suit their own selfish desires.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Dorothy

      Oh....you mean like when we rewrote it to say that the world did indeed rotate around the sun rather than vice versa – for which Christians excommunicated Galileo from their little club.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • howard Dao

      How many times has the bible been 'revised' since 300 AD ?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      The Bible never says the sun revolves around the sun. You lose a point.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      Correction: It never says the sun revolves around the earth.
      And the Bible has never been revised.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Dorothy

      You Christians excommunicated Galileo for writing that.....saying it was contrary to the Bible.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      Incorrect: the Catholics did it. The Catholic also banned the bible, burnt the bible, and burnt the Christians for translating and reading the bible.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Observer

      Ambient Malice,

      Yep, let's not "rewrite" the Bible. Get back to slavery and the inferiority of women and discrimination against the handicapped.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • howard Dao

      The original Hebrew, The new testament which was a revision on the old stuff after it has gone thru several Nicean councils to determine which gospels can be included.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Dorothy

      Oh....and other examples of let's say "reinterpreting the bible" since you seem to be taking "rewriting" in the literal sense: (1) The church said the Bible condoned slavery – and for years was used to justify it in the USA. (2) The Bible was used to condemn the suffragette movement. (3) The Bible was used to condemn interracial marriage. (4) The Bible was used to condemn desegregation. But now that those are seen as prejudice and bigotry.....the Bible has miraculously been reinterpreted NOT to teach those things. The same will eventually happen with gay rights as well.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      There is no Biblical grounds for racism. Just saying. Most people who think that don't even read the Bible.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • howard Dao

      Ambient, you also forgot the New World version addition to the Bible: The Book of Mormons (possibly coming soon Jan 2013 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Dorothy

      Ahhh....so you are saying it was all the Catholics.......they, of course, are the original christians....from which all the others have sprung.......but really have made no improvements on the original theme. It was primarily protestants of the South that promoted slavery, and condemned interracial marriage.....all in the name of the Word of God! Please......the Catholics have at least not been so hypocritical.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      The Catholics are _NOT_ the original Christians. They are a Roman imitation of Christianity which perverts the central doctrines of salvation into something the church can milk money and power out of.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Dorothy

      Read church history....almost all protestants are nothing more than offsprings of the Catholic Church.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  12. DNOUNCEWHATUWIL

    I think this guy is spot on with his opinion

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Dorothy

      if you consider a "spot" and "stain"

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  13. LookAndSEE

    To Howard Dao:
    Know u're Bible, It's a personal responsibility!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  14. justinstl

    love is love is love no matter who you are God is love....religionis not of god and does not support gods message of love religion breeds fear and hate. God forgives all he dont want you to fear him....he is a yes man and will send no one to hell....theres simmply no need for it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • a person of the Name

      I'm sorry but you been lied to...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • justinstl

      nNo I think the people who follow the religions are lied to.... do you think that god condemns the lives of people who have never heard of religion or god of any kind? You are your own God...God is in you you are in God without you god does not exist. without God you do not exist......quantum entanglement. existence.....IT IS WHAT IT IS. HEAVEN IS IN YOU AND AROUND YOU YOU ALL ALREADY THERE! stop living in hate and fear....there is no point in it. stop judging others....God did long ago when he abandoned man.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  15. MotoJB

    AMEN!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  16. Andrew Webb

    Just reading the comments here and was struck by this fairly typical example from "Observer" who writes, "The Bible NEVER mentions divorce."

    Except for the 32 or so times it does (see for instance, Deut. 22, Mal. 2, Mat. 5, Matt. 19, 1 Cor. 7, etc.)

    I mention this only to point out something that confuses me. I know nothing about math and very little about Physics and Chemistry. I never willingly read anything about them, and I answer all of my children's questions on these subjects with "go ask your mother." With that in mind it would strike me as criminally foolish and prideful to hang out on physics blogs pontificating on a subject I've never read about and acting as though I know more than the actual blog authors. And yet thousands, if not millions, of people like "Observer" do exactly that every day in essence saying, "I never read the bible, but I certainly know more about it than the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary." Sigh.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Observer

      Andrew,

      You are completely correct. It was my mistake. I had fully intended to say that it never mentions ABORTION. Of course it mentions divorce and that it leads to adultery if you remarry unless your spouse has already commited adultery. Thanks for the correction. My mistake.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  17. Observer

    Matt,

    Speaking of the Old and New Testaments, was that the SAME God in each? The one who is "unchanging"?

    Thought so.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      God doesn't change... He isn't actually capable of changing, because that would contradict his nature.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you know this how? Because you've been around what, 30 years or so? How do you know god never changes?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • howard Dao

      Why is the Almighty NOT capable of changing ? He has the power do anything at anytime , correct ?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Observer

      Ambient Malice,

      Yes. So God really wanted all the mindless killing that he commanded.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Brandon

      God does not change. However, you wouldn't put a 16 year old in time-out...think about it. God does not change, only the way he works with his children. As society progresses, so does God's parenting. (FYI, God STILL reveals new doctrine and still progresses his "parenting" today: see mormon.org, there is a prophet even now)

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Observer

      Brandon,

      When God set up ALL the rules, he COMMANDED his people to KILL unruly kids.

      Not exactly "Father of the Year" material.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Cq

      Ambient Malice
      If God can't change isn't that an argument against his being "all-powerful?" Besides, wasn't coming in human form a "change"? He wasn't really Jesus before, but her was after, right?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Cq

      Try reading Karen Armstrong's "History of God". Either God is evolving, people are constantly reinventing him to suit their needs, or God is actually real, but nobody has come up with a lasting idea of who, or what God is yet. Either way, everything that is known about God is built around uncertainty which is truly mind boggling considering how many people act with complete certainty thinking they know what God wants and thinks.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  18. LookAndSEE

    Let's get it right from the start where the headline said "The Bible condemns a lot"
    My mind went to Psalm 84:11
    For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
    Anything that is being condemned can't be good, whether it's certain acts or clean & unclean food.
    If God says "don't do it", in the end, u'le realize it was best, not to do.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • howard Dao

      David Koresh told his followers the same thing: God says do this, don't do that . They did exactly what were told.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      David Koresh, while strange, was innocent – victimized by the FBI for 'crimes' which weren't even illegal.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If they were crimes they were illegal. Putting them in quotation marks doesn't help.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • howard Dao

      Well let leave it to God to decide if Koresh was criminal. Let leave it to Go to decide if gays are abomination.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  19. 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 22, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • n8263

      I like to repeat myself over and over and say things that are not true, 'cuz that's just my MO.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Ambient Malice

      Is it okay to impose secular atheistic ideology on the public at large, then?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What secular atheistic ideology is being imposed on anyone? This country was founded as a secular nation, not a theocracy. Who's forcing you to do anything that is commanded in the Bible, Ambient?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • n8263

      If you are talking about denying religious freedom then it is wrong. Otherwise it is not possible to impose non-religion.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • n8263

      Well, technically, atheism has been imposed on the people of Russian, China, and Cambodia. But that's a completely separate issue that I plan to ignore.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • n8263

      To the dumbass posting above, that is denying religious freedom which I said was wrong, right above your comment.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • n8263

      What did I just call myself?! I'm offended! Take that back, me!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • n8263

      Ok ok, I take it back. Do I feel better now?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • n8263

      meh

      May 22, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  20. Monica Smith

    Church goers can believe what they like. Our democracy is based on a separation of church and state. If the majority of Americans do not oppose gay marriage, and the majority of those of marriageable age do not, then people should be free to marry whomever they want. It is not the business of either the church or the government to say who has the right to marry. Christians should concentrate on brow beating their own flock, but please leave the rest of us alone. We don't need you to keep butting into the lives of others. In fact start loving thy neighbors a little more....

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • buckybadger

      Oppression always loses. For once I would love to see the Christians extremist on the right side of things but they where greatly against women suffrage and equal rights for all people regardless of race. Do you really want to look like the donkeys that said a women didn't have the mind to vote or that people who weren't white were lesser human beings? That is the company you keep.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Wha

      Ain't no separation of church and state in our consti-tution. People who espouse this are usually using it in the wrong way anyway. They seem to think that it means to keep religion out of the government when in fact it was to keep government out of religion. Ho hum...sure am tired of reading this drivel.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      @Wha,

      LOL! are you nuts?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • buckybadger

      Goes both ways Wha.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • dman

      Wha would be singing a different tune if it were some other religion clawing its way into government

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      civil rights should never be up for a vote. otherwise segregation would still be around.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Bet

      "Ain't no separation of church and state in our consti-tution. People who espouse this are usually using it in the wrong way anyway. They seem to think that it means to keep religion out of the government when in fact it was to keep government out of religion. Ho hum...sure am tired of reading this drivel."

      You clearly don't know anything about the first amendment. It says both. It protects religions from government interference and it protects the government from religious interference. Idiot.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:41 am |
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