A trio of Iowa-based religious scholars penned an op-ed in a local paper this week, reminding readers that despite popular opinion, the Bible does not simply define marriage as between one man and one woman. The joint editorial was written by Hector Avalos, Robert R. Cargill and Kenneth Atkinson and published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday. The men teach at Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa, respectively.
Well, this will end the debate. Because as we know people who claim they are against gay marriage because the Bible says it is a sin are being 100% honest and are 100% self aware when it comes to what is shaping their opinions.
Yup I can hear it now.
"Hey, Velma. Turns out the Bible doesn’t define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I don’t have to be against it anymore. Whew! That’s a relief. Because it was just my extensive theological training than had shaped my view on this issue. It’s not like I disapprove of homosexuality personally and the Bible gave me a cheap cover to push for discrimination while denying both to others and most importantly to myself the hatred that fuels my world view."
One day I’ll release a major post on one of my greatest annoyances, rationalization masquerading as evidence.
And the problem with this quote is most people who read it will immediately think of how it applies to everyone BUT themselves.
Or more accurately, that’s the problem with tumblr.
Cernumnos, horned god of virility, smiles upon this pagan sacrifice.
If a wiccan comes in to pinch-run, I’m tuning in.
The manager walks to the mound and taps a piece of oak to a sprig of mistletoe. Looks like he’s calling for a Druid from the bullpen.
Apparently not being kind to travelers was a very big deal back in the day and that’s what would have incurred God’s wrath. “Sodomy” should not refer to homosexuality, it should refer to being rude to visitors.
"Hey, Steve, I really don’t think you should have sodomized those Jehovah’s Witnesses."
"Yeah. I’m sorry. It happens every time I’m in a bad mood. I tell you what, if you hear that I am grumpy, don’t come to visit. Unless you want to be sodomized!”
Can we get TripAdvisor to change their rating system? You get stars based on how often the staff commits sodomy on their guests?
Who is unlikely to get unblocked by web nannies if he keeps tagging posts with words like “sodomy.”
Grace is printed on our silverware wrappers. Grace for all the world’s religions. All…three…religions…in the world. #greatmomentsindiversity (at Chuy’s)