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. HawkwithSoul

    So Christians always explain that the Old Testament doesn't really count when it comes to defining a Christian's behavior. So we can eat pork and wear mixed fabrics, etc. BUT those same Christians insist that we should plant The 10 Commandments on the lawns of public buildings, as our country's laws should be based on these Old Testament rules. This is a major contradiction of the their own beliefs, and makes it seem like they want to just use the Holy Scriptures to support their own agenda. Oh, and THEN they forget that the fourth commandment talks about keeping the 7th Day as the Sabbath – and they quickly explain that that particular commandment one was altered by events in the New Testament. That one – the 4th of 10 – doesn't actually count. But the rest should be used to guide our country, because we are a Christian nation and we believe in the Bible. I mean the New Testament – oh and 9 out of 10 of the Commandments. These are the kinds of inconsistencies that make Christians and non-Christians alike feel that religion has been hijacked for political reasons and not moral ones. If you can control the masses through fear, lack of education and a non-questioned religion, you have the makings of a very frightening future.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Bet

      They play a little fast and loose on the adultery one too.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:35 am |

      Bet, I gotta come clean. Yes, I am a producer/writer, but I've been talking smack to get under people's skin. PRIAPISM 1234 and Fidelio? They may as well have city-block size targets painted on their backs. ZING!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Bet

      @ Galactica

      Mea culpa. I do too. They invite it. I can't resist sticking a pin into a pompous bag of gas.

      I have a funny feeling that PRISM and Fidelio are socks.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:34 am |

      Can't we lose them in the dryer?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  2. Meri Justus

    I understand that it is wrong in the bible but if someone is NOT a christian then the bibles laws do not apply to them.
    a Buddhist does not expect any one from any other religion to follow there teachings, a person of the Hindu religion does not expect any one from any other religion to follow there teachings, the same for many other religions but the Christian religion for many years goes straight to condemning others because they do not believe in there teachings and even killing people for not believing what they do. Christians need to learn to accept that other people are different and just because I do not Believe what they do does not make me wrong or a bad person, and there rights end when they step on my rights just because I love a woman that does not cause them harm in any way it does not step on there rights in any way shape or form, but them trying to stop me from being happy with who I chose to be happy with does step on my rights.
    I am not trying to convert any one else to being Gay because you can not convert someone to being Gay, if you are gay you are Gay if you are not then you are not.
    We need to all learn that we all have one thing in common we are ALL HUMAN and we need to ALL learn to except each others differences, we do not have to like the differences just NOT hate HUMANS for them, LIVE AND LET LIVE

    May 29, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Bet

      Christians don't accept humanity as a whole, as a sum of its diverse parts. They want everyone to believe exactly as they believe and use fear to control people. Fear of god, fear of death, fear of the unknown.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  3. Tyler W

    Uh, so. Not everyone in this country is Christian. If we had true freedom of religion in the US, gays would have the right to marry. It doesn't affect Christians in any way, shape, or form. It's not their problem!! What's next, the government outlawing atheism?

    May 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Bet

      No, they'll outlaw contraception first. Because, you know, abstinence works.

      Then Muslims, because it's super patriotic to hate on Muslims.

      Then atheists.

      Then Jews, Buddists, Hindus, agnostics, Sikhs, clowns, midgets and Tom Cruise.

      After that, the Catholics and the Protestants will have a cage match. The Pope vs. Jimmy "I HAVE SINNED" Swaggart. Winner takes all.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm |

      Clowns *shudder*
      As for midgets, y'know, I know a couple guys on the game show Wipeout, and I mentioned a celebrity edition and they said they thought of it, but weren't getting a good response from people whose agents they contacted. I said they gotta try harder, I'd like to see Verne "Mini Me" Troyer on the Big Bal.ls.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Bet

      Man, I don't blame them. Those obstacles on Wipeout look like they hurt.

      Maybe they could get Danny Woodburn too. I know he's a little person, not a midget, but still, it could work.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Bet

      My bad. Verne Troyer is a little person too.

      May 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • An Agnostic

      You don't have to be religious to be against gay marriage. I'm an agnostic, and I'm strictly against the gays.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Victoriouspeople

      They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
      Ephesians 4:18
      -Your free to believe it if you want but whether you believe it or not its still the Truth that is your 'Freedom of religion'.
      But none of you who do not know the Truth have another Truth to believe in.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Primewonk

      " I'm strictly against the gays."

      That makes as much sense as saying, "I'm strictly against the left-handed."

      Or, "I'm strictly against the green-eyed"

      May 29, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Bet

      @ Victoriouspeople You said: "But none of you who do not know the Truth have another Truth to believe in."

      Oh please. Just because I don't believe the bible doesn't mean that my home is like Mad Max.

      Demanding that everyone believe in your bible is not freedom of religion. It's the opposite of freedom of religion. Saying "you're free not to but it's the truth" doesn't make it any less the opposite.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:32 am |

      Peter Dinklage!
      (There's a funny name. Like that NASCAR driver, Di.ck Trickle.)

      May 29, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Bet

      My dentist in another state was named Richard Betor, and he went by D.ick. His last name was pronounced "beater". He's a really funny guy and an excellent dentist.

      Can you imagine what high school was like for a guy named D.ick Betor?

      May 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |

      I worked as a bank teller part-time in my hometown, Elgin, IL, during high school. We had a customer named Richard Head. Of course, when he came in, it was all we could do not to bust out laughing. He was kinda batsh!tcrazy, always closing out his account and walking around with a valise filled with thousands of dollars, and a bank officer had to chase him up and convince him to put the money back.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Bet

      Are you kidding me? I grew up in St. Charles, IL. I've been a bank teller too. And a scientist. Now I'm a writer.

      One of the drama teachers in my college days was named Richard (Di.ck) Bagg. You have to wonder why parents would name a child Richard when they have the last name Bagg, Head or Betor.

      Letterman once did a bit on funny DMV names. Di,ck Smoker was a favorite.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |

      No sh!t! There was a hobby shop on Main I used to hit up. And the Arcada Theater. What a grand old movie palace! And there was this awesome frozen custard place on Randall, near the Monkey Ward's.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Bet

      Oh, the Arcada. So many memories.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  4. josef

    1st lets get this right: christians do not follow the word of christ. they follow the lies of paul, whom christ refuse to associate with. He was a murderer, thief, liar, racist & persucuted jew & christian until his phoney conversion. all he wanted was power , he cared nothing about christ or god. those that are in the know understand this, it's called pauline christianity and has nothing to do with the teachings of christ.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • M. Robertson

      Now let's be sensable. Christians have to stand on the Word of God. Please read The first chp. of Romans. Also God created Adam and then Eve. Man and woman. The New testament is a shadow of the Old Testament. People that do these things against the Bible will have to answer for it in the near future. Tahe Bible calls this a shameful lust and a perversion. These folk never retained God in their knowledge so God gave them over to a depraved mind.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Bet

      @ M. Robertson

      I thought that the OT foreshadows the NT, not the other way around. You can't foreshadow something that's already happened.

      The end times have been "imminent" since about 50 AD. Scaring people into believing with threats of the end of the world isn't anything new. Preachers have always used fear to keep the flock in line.

      And using the phrase "Now let's be sensable [sic]" and the "word of god" in the same sentence...LOL.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  5. MashaSobaka

    Anyone who quotes the Bible in English without providing three or four possible translations of the given passage does not deserve to be taken seriously. You are dealing with a translated text, sir. Please give us at least a token show of understanding of this critical fact.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

    Look, I'm not bashing religion in general. I work with people of many beliefs. Los Angeles is the urban heart of diverse beliefs. Jewish, Christian (most of them are really cool, progressive Christians), Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Wiccans, Druids, Scientologists, what-have-you. AND WE ALL GET ALONG! Because they're mature enough to take everything in moderation. If we all believed the same exact thing, this city would be boring as all git-out. We (including Christians) get together and road-trip to Las Vegas once in a while (which allows me to visit Area 51 from time-to-time). I have a friend from Salt Lake City (not Mormon) who's a Christian, and she can kick my sorry @$$ at Texas Hold 'Em!
    As Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan said, "Be excellent to each other. Party on, Dudes!"

    May 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Da King


      May 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  7. Kyle

    Just a simple question.... and I don't care what John, Paul, Ringo, George, Peter, Timothy, or anyone else that came after Jesus said on the question of Gays......... What did Jesus SAY......... Who were the people he associated with, definitely not the Holier than Thou of his time. I turned my TV on yesterday morning to hear a Christian Preacher relishing in the Righteousness of men, women and children killed in the name of "God's Chosen People" Americans. It is a shame that the teachings of a Loving, compassionate individual such as Jesus have been hijacked by such hatred. I honor our servicemen and women who have given their lives and sacrificed for the Defense of our country that we may enjoy freedom of speech even when it includes the "Haters" from all corners of belief.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  8. ruemorgue

    Same BS as always ... the Holy Babble says this, therefore it is this. The Holy Babble is a collection of myths and legends, mostly stolen from the Mesopotamian region. How people in the 21th Century can run their lives and condemn based on the idiocies and inconsistencies in thie hodge, podge collection of hate and bigotry is beyond me! Religion should be classified in the DSM as a symptom of a diseased mind.

    May 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Glad I'll Be Left Behind

      A 'clucking' men

      May 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

      And PRISM 1234 seems to be the most diseased here. I'm surprised his family hasn't staged an intervention to get him/her to seek psychoan.alsys and be prescribed anti-psychotic meds. They sound like an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and there are meds that can help, such as Sertrilene and Lamictal, with Klonopin. People like this are trying to assuage something in their life, something traumatic, something to fill a percieved void. OCD leads to paranoia, and they focus their paranoia on a perceived tormentor, usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, Satan.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • josef

      absolutely right. nothing there is true.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  9. Primewonk

    Thank you for posting random meaningless bible verses. In the spirit of fairness, here are some verses from the Primewonk bible. I think my verse make a lot more sense than yours.

    ADVISORY: There is an Extremely Small but Nonzero Chance That, Through a Process Know as "Tunneling," This Post May Spontaneously Disappear from Its Present Location and Reappear at Any Random Place in the Universe, Including Your Neighbor's Domicile. God Will Not Be Responsible for Any Damages or Inconvenience That May Result.

    PUBLIC NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY LAW: Any Use of This Post, in Any Manner Whatsoever, Will Increase the Amount of Disorder in the Universe. Although No Liability Is Implied Herein, the Believer Is Warned That This Process Will Ultimately Lead to the Heat Death of the Universe.

    Einstein 16:24 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

    Gould 1:15-16 Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

    Bohr 2:11 Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

    Szilard 88:16 I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.

    Sagan 22:1 For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reàssuring.

    Feynman 110:55 …it doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are - if it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

    Hawking 41:61 A machine that was powerful enough to accelerate particles to the grand unification energy would have to be as big as the Solar System-and would be unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

    Hippocrates 14:5 Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

    Galileo 12:16 It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved

    Carlyle 2:2 It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.

    Fermi 1:1 The weak nuclear force does not change over time.

    Oliver Heaviside 62:3 Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?

    C. P. Snow 5:3 Innocence about Science is the worst crime today.

    Paul Valéry 3:6 One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.

    A.C. Doyle 14:8 It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.

    Clark 19:17 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

    Roddenberry 68:12 We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Yael924

      Thank you!!

      May 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Amused Observer


      May 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm |

      Thank you for quoting Feynman and Fermi.
      But, being that the strongest force in the Universe is electromagnetism, this post is going to attract the Bible-thumpers. Count on it!

      May 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |

      Huh! I was wrong! Sonuvabi.tch!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Stella


      May 30, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  10. 7000

    1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • George

      Dont need to be "lead to temptation" in a city life SFO. I can find it on my own

      June 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  11. OT

    Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  12. NT

    John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  13. OT

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  14. OT

    Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations

    May 28, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  15. Dose of Faith

    When you are sad, call on John 14

    – When you don’t feel loved, call on Romans 8:38-39

    – When you have sinned, call on 1 John 1:8-9

    – When you are facing danger, call on Psalm 91

    – When people have failed you, call on Psalm 27

    – When God feel far from you, call on Psalm 139

    – When your faith needs encouraging, call on Hebrews 11

    – When you are scared, call on Psalm 23

    – When you are worried, call on Matthew 6:25-34

    – When you are hurt, call on Colossians 3:12-17

    – When you feel no one is on your side, call on Romans 8:31-39

    – When you are seeking rest, call on Matthew 11:25-30

    – When you are suffering, call on Romans 8:18-30

    – When you feel you’re failing, call on Psalm 121

    – When you pray, call on Matthew 6:9-13

    – When you need courage, call on Joshua 1

    – When you are in need, call on Philippians 4:19

    – When you are hated because of your faith, call on John 15

    – When you are losing hope, call on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

    – When you are seeking peace, call on John 14:27

    – When you want to do good works, call on John 15

    – When you want to live a happy life, call on Colossians 3:12-17

    – When you don’t understand what God is doing, call on Isaiah 55:8-9

    – When you want to get along with others, call on Romans 12:9-21

    May 28, 2012 at 9:35 am |

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      May 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Bet

      – When you are sad, call Ben & Jerry.
      – When you don’t feel loved, call your mom.
      – When you have sinned, it’s fine. There’s no such thing as sin. Apologize and move on.
      – When you are facing danger, run the other way.
      – When people have failed you, suck it up, no one’s perfect. Forgive and forget.
      – When God feels far from you, it’s because god doesn’t exist.
      – When your faith needs encouraging, call a friend and have them talk some sense in to you.
      – When you are scared, call your dad.
      – When you are worried, call on Ativan.
      – When you are hurt, call 911.
      – When you feel no one is on your side, get some new friends.
      – When you are seeking rest, go to bed.
      – When you are suffering, call a doctor.
      – When you feel you’re failing, work harder.
      – When you pray, don’t expect anything to happen.
      – When you need courage, seek out your bartender.
      – When you are in need, go to Walmart.
      – When you are hated because of your faith, it’s probably because you’re trying to shove it down someone’s throat.
      – When you are losing hope, call Batman.
      – When you are seeking peace, call the Dali Lama.
      – When you want to do good works, do them and shut up about it.
      – When you want to live a happy life, be nice to people.
      – When you don’t understand what God is doing, it’s because he doesn’t exist. We live in a crazy world.
      – When you want to get along with others, don’t be an a$$hoel.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm |

      And when you want to make others feel good, post pics of LOLcats on Facebook.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  16. TOS

    Nice article!

    May 28, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

      For me to po op on!

      May 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  17. Lee Gifford

    The Bible is clear that salvation is available to everyone that seek the truth.
    Life eternal is a gift to everyone that believes

    May 28, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Seyedibar

      pipe dreams.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm |

      Pass the Chore Boy.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  18. Voice


    May 28, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Bet

      Crack pipe dreams.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  19. Susan C.

    RAM,JR – Is it possible that it is fear, not love, that is making you editorialize?

    May 28, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  20. us

    Hey CNN – Post the story, Lady Gaga cancels concert in Indonesia due to Islamic Violent Threats

    May 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

      She should've shown 'em her poker face...

      May 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • JOregon


      Hey CNN – Post the story, Lady Gaga cancels concert in Indonesia due to Islamic Violent Threats
      May 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      They did. Last update was about 4 hours before you posted yours.
      At this moment it is under the "Latest News" column.

      Security concerns prompt Lady Gaga to cancel Indonesia concert
      By the CNN Wire Staff
      updated 7:13 PM EDT, Sun May 27, 2012


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