…if Arizona could stop being a giant douche-bag. First it was some pretty appalling anti-immigrant policies. Now it’s legislated discrimination in the name of religious freedom…coughbullshit.
At least that’s what I thought until I came across the scripture that says this:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination. Likewise thou shalt not bake them any cakes, nor serve them the flesh of any animal nor the fruit of any harvest. Thou shalt not dry clean, starch, nor press, their raiment. Thou shalt not pour out any libations for them nor sell unto them anything thou hast wrought with thy labor. Thou shalt not allow their children in thy schools nor clubs of any sort, nor permit them to teach the young, care for the sick, nor feed the hungry.
…oh wait, actually, it doesn’t say that. Never mind.
Ok, yes, the above is quite tongue in cheek. I am aware there are passages in the Bible that call for ostracism of anyone violating the mandates of Leviticus, believe it or not I was once a Sunday School teacher. But it also calls for stoning adulterers, burning witches, putting all your enemies—men and women—to the sword and taking their children as slaves, and marrying victims of rape to their rapists (wow…huge ick factor there, but according to certain biblical text, that’s what God wants). Let’s see, what else? No wearing mixed fabrics or eating bacon. And don’t even get me started on the animal sacrifices! My point is this: if you’re going to choose your literal application of scripture à la carte, why not choose the things that don’t hurt other people, things that don’t lend themselves to hatred and intolerance?
Why not choose this: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; or this: Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor; or this: Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth?
Because—and pay attention, this is important—no one else’s sexual orientation abridges your religious freedom. Another person being gay—or bi, or poly—cannot prevent you from studying your Bible—or your Torah, or your Q’uran—and diligently meditating on how its lessons can bring out the best in you. It cannot prevent you from attending the church—or synagogue, or mosque—of your choice. It cannot prevent you from praying or teaching your faith to your children. And if it can, then your faith seems a rather fragile and sickly thing, and maybe you ought to look inside yourself to find the reasons it’s so easily shaken and threatened.