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Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?
Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. tf

    The network should have just put out a statement saying that the views of Phil are his and in no way reflect the opinions of A&E

    December 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Answer

      They could have also "let it slide."

      Then all the other religious freaks could strut off, and go along their merry way, as the right "opinion" on the subject of the matter.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  2. alice

    Yay – marriage ban lifted in Utah. Nuff said.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      18 down, 32 to go 🙂

      December 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  3. patchmarksteele

    I think a lot of people get the bible wrong not just Phil. Everyone that doesn't believe what I believe gets the bible wrong.
    Everyone can have there own opinion about gays and gays about straight people.
    Phil Robertson didn't put gays down, he just expressed his opinion and his beliefs. I see nothing wrong with that at all. Banning him from the show is a mistake.
    African Americans express themselves, so as far as him talking about the African Americans, I do not see anything wrong with what he said there either. He just made a statement about what he saw. Let it go – Gays, African Americans, and anyone else it might offend.
    If you have a problem with it don't listen to it or don't watch it.
    You express yourselves the way you want and that is all that he was doing.

    Mark Steele

    December 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • Answer

      There are numerous videos out on youtube, proving to us, that any ONE verse of the babble can be used by TWO parties to argue over the same topic. They will be both entitle to claim authority also it were.

      This shows the absolute stupidity of that book.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • One one

      I agree. I think everyone gets the bible wrong..., except me of course.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
      • Answer

        Of course .. and let's not count out that other dimwit who calls him/herself a "christian."

        December 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
        • Jeff

          I never call myself. I am right here.

          December 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  4. Faeth

    I'd say you all love to keep it coming...plenty of press that way...right???!! Let's drop it....shows over!

    December 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
  5. george t hibs

    Just goes to show that opinions are like bu_t wholes, every one has them. Unfortunately, some warped people use them for things they were never intended for. Sod o my is just wrong, plain wrong.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • robbie357

      Be advised: NAMBLA employs the SAME logic and reasoning you will see in pro-gay-posts throughout this entire thread.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • Damocles

        When will you ever grasp the concept of 'consenting adults'?

        December 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
        • John Doe

          Like between two adult brothers who want to marry? That kind of consenting adults?

          December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
        • Maddy

          Slippery slope? Lame.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
        • Damocles

          While that would be an interesting and quite likely extreme case, I was speaking of the fact that NAMBLA desires relationships with those who can not give consent.

          I'm not an expert, but there is a difference.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • midwest rail

        Nonsense. Since children cannot give informed legal consent, the argument is different by definition.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Damocles

      Yes, some people speak out of their.... um... butt 'wholes'.

      Wizard's First Rule

      December 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Maddy

      Chapter and verse where Jesus speaks about gays. Go.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
      • fred

        Matthew 18:6
        "but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
        =>homosexuality, sensual promotion is no different that heterosexual promotion and does cause little ones great harm
        =>homosexuals constant attack against the Bible and twisting the truth so they can continue to fill their own desires at the expense of young believers are guilty as charged.

        Not to say all homosexuals do this just as not all straights do this.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
        • Reason & Logic

          All I have to say is thank God (!) the USA is not a theocracy.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
        • fred

          Reason & Logic
          I thank God as well. It is no accident that this nation of Christians remains the worlds superpower and that no president has ever been elected that was an atheist or agnostic. It is not an accident that 99.9 % of all legislators at the federal level swear an oath on the Bible.

          December 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  6. Salero21

    "Love" as some are claiming to have but without Doctrine is no Love at all but a charade a hypocrisy.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Maddy

      Chapter and verse where Jesus speaks about gays. Go.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • One one

      A lot of people posting here claim they love everyone. I don't believe them.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  7. jason

    The verse seems pretty clear to me.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Very out dated and bigoted but definitely clear.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
      • jason

        But it is His word and that is all that matters.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Whose word?
          What matters is that we follow the updated information we have and learn to treat others the way we wish to be treated regardless of what some 2000+ year old book teaches.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
        • Geraldine

          prove whose word it is.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • xtos

      Sure does Jason. Let's see what does Paul say about slavery?
      "Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior"
      That seems pretty clear too doesn't it?

      December 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
      • xtos

        I guess American abolitionists were a bunch of sinners to then? Or maybe social contexts change over time...

        December 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
      • JFCanton

        SO much of the world population was a "slave" at that point that the mention of slaves anywhere is hardly useful: what was the alternative, to foment rebellion?

        December 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
  8. Anthony

    The show brings in over $400M of revenue each season. The family has already come out to say the show should not go on without Phil. The family does NOT need the money. So if the show gets cancelled who really loses the most? All the people that are involved with putting the show together: writers, cameramen, makeup people, etc.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  9. blf83

    In any case, the Leviticus text is among those that suggest equal condemnation for wearing a fabric blend, eating shellfish, and children talking back to parents. Why is one verse singled out while most of the others are routinely dismissed? In any case, DD star Phil Robertson also expressed severely racist views – again not supported by biblical texts, even though they have been used in times past.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • TheWay

      Because these people are not serving God. They are serving their own customs and traditions and have turned their backs on God's command to love others.
      In the case of a right-wing Republican Christian, Jesus other He wants them to love is gays.
      If they repent from their bigotry they can follow Jesus and love their neighbor.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
      • Answer

        You freaks are sure the "know-it-all" when it comes to self identifying who is and who is not a true christian.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Salero21

      Your ignorance of Scripture is not surprising. Your lack of comprehension and reading skills below 4th grade of grammar school translates to your fake and failed attempt to explain Scriptures.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
      • Maddy

        Chapter and verse where Jesus says anything about gay people, Salero. You're such an authority, this should be easy.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
        • Allie

          Mandy, just look at the way gay men abuse the male body. That alone should tell you it is wrong

          December 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
        • Maddy

          No answer, Sallie? Shocking.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
        • Damocles

          @allie

          You do understand that there are tons of straight couples who engage in particular activities from time to time?

          December 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
        • JFCanton

          At the time nothing had to be said; really it would be more helpful to your approach if he HAD said something. He was "fulfilling the law" not replacing it...

          December 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Allie

      Racist views? What I read was he said the blacks he worked with we're happy

      December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Theophilus

      You have to be able to differentiate between Divine Positive Law...regarding human nature and disciplines.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
  10. Jmac

    Typo...beliefs... not believes......still holds true no matter how you spell it.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  11. Jeff

    If gay was normal, the population would of just ended ka-zillion million years ago. Gay is a odd fruitless endeavor.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • 2TTonita

      In a planet that is hitting the 8 billion people, gay is the way to go. It is helping the planet to control overpopulation.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
      • Jeff

        8 billion. I thought it was 7 billion. I guess you could be right with a great many gays hiding in the closet. Why do they hide in the closet? Are they ashamed of being abnormal. ... Yea, they are.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Answer

      Trolling .. to get your hate filled message to the public. All so christian like.

      The pathetic scum of society that you religious freaks are; soon you'll vanish from our world.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Damocles

      You are as dense as concrete pudding. People can still get together for the reason of procreation.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  12. Todd

    Fairy tales for adults.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  13. Jmac

    I have an original idea...how about just minding our own business and let everyone live their lives as they choose if they do no harm to you and yours. Stop trying to force believes on others and accept that everyone is different in many ways,lifestyles,cultures etc. You cannot force people to be what you want them or expect them to be.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Answer

      That is the problem with the religious people. They won't stop with their bs.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
      • Todd

        Amen

        December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
      • Kallie

        Phil was specifically asked what he believed and answer honestly. How is that trying to force anything on anyone. If anything GLADD trying to demonize him and A&E suspending him they are trying to force their beliefs on others.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
        • Salero21

          That's right!!

          December 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
        • robbie357

          GLAAD, sister group to NAMBLA you know!

          December 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
        • Answer

          Here is a thought for you..

          Just like you, the religious freaks, who dole out their authority, are getting a taste of the hypocrisy of having other people telling you what is not right. Too bad.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
        • Kallie

          So two wrongs make a right got it.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
        • Answer

          Yes that is right.

          People will use the two wrongs to give you a taste of the hypocrisy that you won't like thrown back at you.

          Get used to it. Fair play, or foul ~ sticking it to you is better than letting you get away with your own nasty behavior.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • robbie357

        Does ONE of you have the ability to explain what's wrong with NAMBLA using the SAME argument as the GAAGs?

        December 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
        • Maddy

          What part of "consenting ADULT" escapes you??

          December 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Damocles

      That's a nice thought. No freaking way is it ever going to happen.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • robbie357

      No....but we have a RIGHT to defend what we believe and base our eternity upon!

      December 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
      • Damocles

        Look, you can say whatever the hell you want and I can say that I think you are wrong. He said what he thought, great, A & E have the right to not like what he said and to then deal with it as they can.

        What you are looking for simply doesnt exist: the right to express your opinion with absolutely no consequences.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  14. Shatto

    Did you know there are h()mos()xual ducks in nature?!?!

    Yes, ducks. Quack Quack. Not d!cks.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • JFCanton

      Yeah, kinda happens when there are 2x as many males... but not as often as one might think, given that most bachelor ducks are always chasing an existing couple.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  15. Free Holiday Nuts

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noHAyUqEauE&w=640&h=360]

    December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • One one

      Wow! God gives divine transfers !
      He seems a bit cheap though, only a $ 1000.00 in most cases. It seems that, being god and all, he should be able to transfer at least $100 million a pop.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
  16. Paul

    So who gets the bible right??

    December 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • ed

      Who gets Peter Pan right?

      December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Christ

      The one who loves his neighbor (gay or straight, rich or poor).

      December 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
      • Salero21

        Just make sure that "love" is not strange or becomes abettor and complicit to wrong and perverse doings. Because that is no love at all but complicity collusion and connivance.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
        • Christ

          Who are the outcasts of our society?
          Jesus loved a prost.tute and a thief.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
      • robbie357

        Loving each other is not the subject at hand sir! Stop trying to divert. This is fully about freedom to speak The Word of God.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
        • Maddy

          Chapter and verse where Jesus speaks about gays. Go.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
        • Damocles

          You can make your deity say whatever you want it to say. You, however, have to understand that there will be consequences. That's how it goes.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  17. rollthedice

    I am not gonna sit here and try to convince everyone or argue with everyone that what Phil said is correct.Christians have always believed this and everyone is shocked when we say it.Really??.Look,God is a God of free will,you can believe in him or not,believe in his commands or not,its your choice.If you are willing to risk your soul, hey roll the dice and see what you get.I am a christian and when i die i'll be with,Jesus,hey,great day for me !!! (and I know that's where i'll be)now,,for arguments sake,lets say I die and there is no God,hey i lived a great life and was a blessing to others and have no regrets,but if you die not believing,not saved, and there is a God,hey,bad day for you. Remember when your dead....it doesnt matter what you believe...its to late...you had your chance!! Where will you end up? If you want,roll the dice. If your willing to risk your soul,hey,thats on you, we tried to tell you but you wouldnt listen or believe. I hope and pray that every non believer really thinks about this.
    God Bless.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Shatto

      Gay Christians feel the same way. They just don't think 2 consenting adults expressing their love in a personal and private manner is sinful.
      You might just be seeing them in heaven with you. Jesus, not anti-gay Christians, is the judge. Jesus loves gay people.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
      • rollthedice

        @Shatto,very well put.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • wixxie

      Are you willing to risk your soul that you're wrong about Christianity, and Islam is actually the true faith? Are you willing to roll the dice by not going through the religious practices of Hinduism and thus disrespecting their gods? Who says your religion is the true one? Better safe than sorry, believe in all religions. That's quite obviously the only answer.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
      • Answer

        Are you sure that Thor or Zeus is your real god?

        You're going to burn.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • One one

      Ahh yes...believe or burn. That mythical threat has worked on millions of people for thousands of years and still seems to work on some people, even today.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
      • rollthedice

        @one one and everyone who responded,and thats your free will to believe,and by the way,i never used the word burn,c'mon now,lets keep it civil.and yes I am willing to roll the dice on Christianity,thats my free will.
        God Bless

        December 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  18. Haaay

    That long hair, head band and whistles around his neck.... not gay? I think he dost protest too much!

    December 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  19. Maxine

    That did not misinterpret nothing he said it wright. It's the people who are doing what he said who are misinterpreting it wrong. Leave that man the hell alone

    December 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Josh

      You need to go back to the first grade and learn how to speak correctly.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  20. Douglas

    LGBTQ behaviors are condemned in the Old and New Testament.

    That settles it!

    December 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • Answer

      Ya it settles the fact that you freaks are so dumb to think your babble has any authority at all.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
      • Austin

        The new testament is the better covenant promise, which is a promise that the Holy Spirit will indwell each of us upon request, and CHANGE the natural condition of fallen desire.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
        • Answer

          Sure .. whatever. Freak.

          Your babble is just pure bs. Stolen phrases and stolen verses of vast other societies which you freaks nowadays will "claim" as wholly "yours".

          Study history and find out how your babble was created. Dumb ass freak.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
        • Answer

          Look up the "Council of Nicea", you dumb ass religious freaks.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • Austin

        its not our authority. the reason has to do with the harvest. today is the day of salvation.

        take hold of your salvation.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
        • Answer

          You're better off forming a real relationship with other people than to continue on with your delusion.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
      • Austin

        the new testament nullifies the old covenant. the new "promise" from God, gives us the Holy Spirit and this fact, is resurrection power and the ability to change us from within.

        we are not under the curse of the Old Testament anymore.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • MulGen

      No, it isn't.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Maddy

      Chapter and verse where Jesus says anything about gay people, old woman. I'll wait.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Douglas

      The freaks are the ones putting tongue, finger and fist into the exit of the alimentary canal of the human body.

      That, my friend is what is truly freakish!!!

      December 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
      • Maddy

        Chapter and verse where Jesus said anything about gays, old hag. Make it snappy.

        December 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
        • Allie

          Madly, go ahead and misuse your body and your buddy's body. Have fun with his anus

          December 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
        • Little know fact

          Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

          Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"

          I then ask where in the bible does it say a positive thing?

          December 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
        • Maddy

          Can't answer the question, liar? Not surprised.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
        • ???

          It also says to not cut your hair in Leviticus... ...have you broken that commandment???

          December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
        • Maddy

          Leviticus was a set of rules given to Levite priests. So how many gay Levite priests do you know that this would apply to?

          I asked, very specifically, for chapter and verse where Jesus says anything about gays.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
        • ???

          Leviticus also says to kill the gays. Uh, is that what Jesus would do? Kill them?

          December 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
        • John Doe

          Jesus didn't give us the Ten Commandments either shyt bag...but we consider those to be god's law as well

          December 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
        • Maddy

          Where in the 10 Commandments does it say, "Though shalt not be gay", Doe? And capitalize God.

          And answer me. Chapter and verse where Jesus speaks about gays. Go.

          December 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
        • Allie

          Maddy, ok, no chapter and verse from Jesus, just all the info from Phil and everything else you've heard and know. So does that mean it's ok to stck your penis in another man's anus? Is that normal for the human body?

          December 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Doris

      LOL. It's always entertaining when our resident gay Shaker chimes in. (eyeroll)

      December 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
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