The Supreme Court may rule that states have to recognize gay marriage, but that won’t make the hateful bigots who hide behind Christ go away. A recent example of this crowd comes from Milledgeville, Georgia, where a church recently changed its marquee to read “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime.”
Pastor Robert Lee, the leader of Ten Commandments Church, defended the sign by saying that he was quoting the Bible. Lee told WGXA that, “Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime.”
Lee also told WGXA that he hoped his sign would have an impact, and said he would oppose any decision by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage.
“The institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live,” he said.
Liberals often cite other verses from the Bible — for instance, prohibitions on mixed fabric clothing, crop rotations, and the Kosher laws — in response to this sort of bigoted cherrypicking. Here’s a few more:
Leviticus also says that the customs of pagans are abominations; since “pagan” and “secular” are often connected in the right-wing mind, this means secular traditions are also abominations — ergo, it’s an abomination to celebrate the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving, all of which are secular traditions. Likewise, it’s also an abomination to put up a Christmas tree or use mistletoe, and to celebrate Easter.
Idolatry is also a grave sin. And what is Founding Father Worship if not idolatry? They even have their own Golden Calf — it’s right there in Bowling Green Park, Lower Manhattan. I’d go further: treating the Bible as an absolute source for all knowledge is a form of idolatry itself.
There’s an old saying about glass houses and stones the pastor, and other bigots like him, would do well to remember.
[h/t and cover picture TPM]