By Robert Mann
What if I told you that, based upon my reading of the Bible, I believe deeply that slavery is an institution sanctioned by God?
I’m not telling you that you should own slaves, or that I wish to purchase one myself; just that it’s my personal belief that slavery — the owning of another human — is Biblically approved.
I suspect that I’d be called a monster. My abhorrent views would not get a pass just because I averred, “Hey, the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.”
So, why are so many people willing to give Phil Robertson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” a pass because his bigoted views on homosexuality are seemingly endorsed by the Bible?
I do believe that had Robertson simply said, “Homosexuality is inconsistent with my faith,” few people would have noticed.
But maybe we should start noticing and start pushing back.
Maybe it’s time to start condemning those who use the Bible as a cloak for their bigoted, hateful views.
Personally, I don’t care what the Bible says about homosexuality — any more than I care what it says about slavery or the treatment of women or the stoning of disobedient children. Indeed, the jury is out on whether homosexuality is really regarded as a sin by the very flawed 1st Century people who wrote the Bible.
But I’m no longer willing to give bigoted Bible thumpers a pass when they use the Bible as a tool to incite hatred and fear and division.
If you want to be a bigot and make bigoted statements, you have that right. But for God’s sake — For. God’s. Sake. — quit misappropriating the Bible to do it.
If you want to smear gay citizens as deviants and compare them to people who have sex with animals, then have the courage to own your bigotry.
Quit hiding behind the Bible.
- Bobby Jindal, Phil Robertson and bestiality (bobmannblog.com)
- Why Christians Should Be Angry About Phil Robertson (davidrgriffiths.wordpress.com)
- I love the Christian but hate his bigotry (wnd.com)