You might remember back in 2011, a woman named Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in Tuscon. Amazingly, she survived the mass shooting — but 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green and five others didn’t. Almost immediately after the shooting, Westboro Baptist announced possibly its most despicable act to date. It would show up with the normal array of “God Hates F*gs” signs at the little girl’s funeral, for no other reason but to be a bunch of vicious a*sholes.
This video from John Fugelsang is four years old, but it still rings as true today as it ever did. Even more so now, with gay marriage quickly spreading through the United States, igniting a firestorm of hatred all through the Bible Belt. And it is through the Bible Belt, home of people who know three lines from Leviticus, ten from Genesis, and then ignore the rest of the Old Testament completely. And the New Testament, come to think of it.
It’s well-known at this point that Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In fact the only person who ever did was Paul, who was both not Jesus, and (cue irony) the first Pope of the Catholic Church. John Fugelsang isn’t Pope, but he does have a message straight from Jesus for those people in America whose religion seems to be The Holy Art of Cherrypicking.
“This was a message to [Westboro Baptist[, who is to Christianity what Jesus was to ignorance, hate and inbreeding. You see, Westboro Baptist hates gay people. A lot. They don’t want to hate gay people, but they’re just following orders. It’s kind of like Nuremberg, but with very bad teeth.
Now, I feel bad for Westboro — and not just because their only successful protest ever continues to be their boycott of every single thing Christ ever taught. But homophobia is a dreadful burden to carry, and it’s every bit as natural as being gay.
John goes on to list the few places in the Bible where homosexuality is mentioned, notably by Paul and Deuteronomy, which talk about gay prostitution. And Sodom and Gomorrah were stories about gang rape of angels. That leaves Leviticus, which was supposedly written by Moses and details all the do’s and don’ts of the Chosen People.
“Ok, Reverend; let’s assume Leviticus is the direct, undiluted word of God. And if you believe that, you’ve got to follow everything Leviticus preaches. You’ve got to stone gay people to death. No more of this limp-wristed picketing at funerals. However, also according to Leviticus you have to stone to death people who work on the Sabbath. And that’s Saturday, so bye-bye NASCAR.
You also have to stone to death children who are gluttons or drunks, so so long Bush twins. Anyone who cuts their hair at the temples or tattoos the flesh; and I’m really going to miss the Marine Corps, and half the bands I like. Adultery gets the death penalty in Leviticus, and that also includes technically divorce and remarriage.
So…if you really believe the part of the Bible that says being gay is a sin, then you owe it to God to kill Rush Limbaugh three times.”
Hmmm…we wonder if a certain degree of bias will keep that from happening. But Westboro isn’t the only entity with an odd double standard. Apparently, there are at least two more.
“Oh, and by the way, Leviticus does forbid men with men. But the entire Bible says nothing prohibiting women with women. And I find it just a bit amusing that God and Vivid Video have the same exact policy.”
If you’re interesting in learning more about what’s in Leviticus, here’s a little freebie from me to you. My absolute favorite YouTube Channel…”The Bible:Reloaded with Hugo and Jake.” They call it “Atheist Bible Study,” But what it really is is two of the funniest people you’ve ever heard, going through the entire Bible page by page, telling stories from it and giving commentary. Imagine “Mystery Science Theater” with Jews instead of aliens, and you’ve got the right idea.
Personally, I’ve read the Bible cover-to-cover several times; drives my Christian friends nuts. But even I’ve learned a lot from this series…and it’s definitely worth watching for the entertainment value alone. Check out TBR’s “Chick Tract” series…you won’t regret it. Until then, we present, The Bible: Reloaded Presents…Leviticus: