Shall Surely

26 Feb

This is a good point that Sullivan brings up regarding the Christianist use of Leviticus 20:13 to justify discrimination against gay Americans.

That passage reads, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

They’re not just advocating discrimination against gays – they’re advocating their execution. In Uganda they’re considering legislation written by American fundamentalist Christians that would put gays to death.

Next time someone cites Leviticus as the rationale for denying gays equal rights, ask them about the whole execution part, too. And here’s a handy list of other capital offenses.

After all, it’s in the Bible.

4 Responses to “Shall Surely”

  1. Hapklein February 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    I cannot let any such connection pass without ensuring that readersa re aware of Garry Will’s really brilliant and amusing quote from a supposed student of Leviticus. Will’s takes special pains since he is also a student of the Greek that was used to compose the bible to point out many questionable translations that form the basis of much conservative and evangelical view of the bible. Will’s believes they have built their temple on a foundation of sand. But to Leviticus he is precious: http://books.google.com/books?id=a6hr5gkaFtoC&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=Garry+Wills+and+Leviticus&source=bl&ots=MVAqCuDyzi&sig=xMWP9Ojjzll8qTLdUq8En23Ohok&hl=en&ei=0-WHS8W8G4LdlAe_jZTRAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=&f=false. It is from “what Jesus Meantt,” and is not to be missed.

  2. al l February 26, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    the bible says a lot of fun things: http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

  3. Jenny February 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Dean Matua of UB Law, recently spoke about equal rights in Kenya for homosexuals and the constitutional process:

    “It is useless and hypocritical to fight one form of oppression and discrimination while supporting another. You can be sure that someone who is a racist, is also homophobic, sexist, misogynist and hates poor people.”

  4. Dave February 27, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    I’m sure the intolerant christian faction is waiting to have all of these ideas written into law. But are we all going to have to travel to Washington to stone Congress en masse, or can I just wait until my guy comes back to the home district?

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