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Monday, May 24, 2010

Leviticus 20:13

From the third book of the Bible, Chapter 20, verse 13:

"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives."

Source: US Conference of Catholic Bishops New American Bible (on-line edition).

Why bring it up? Well there is a lot of talk about the issue of gay marriage these days, and while I'm not going to get into that full discussion now, I did want to set this out there as a kind of sign-post. For those who consider themselves to be Bible-believing Christians, I think this verse is pretty clear: male homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.

What do I think? Well let's just say that I think there are extremists on both sides, yet I will also note though that I've never read any homosexual cannon calling for the death of heterosexuals. If someone has one, let me know and I'll gladly post it here, for all three people to read.

Now for the record I don't believe that any religious body should be ever forced to recognize any marital union that runs counter to its belief system. To that end, Catholics shouldn't be forced to believe that Mormons are married for an eternity; Protestants should not be forced to accept the marriages of Moonies; Jews should not be forced to accept the plural marriages of Muslims. I am referring to the RELIGIOUS ACCEPTANCE of marriage though, not a binding, civil/legal contract that a governmental body regulates.

Me? I personally don't care if two men want to get married. I don't care if two women want to get married. Hell, Chaz Bono can marry whomever he/she wants (which is really confusing). Basically what they do has no impact on me. Unlike some, I don't believe that allowing civil unions somehow promotes homosexuality. Contrary to what some may believe, people are gay because they are gay, not because someone somehow managed to nefariously "covert" them. It's not contagious.

Does homosexuality offend you? Then I have a solution for you: Don't be gay. Otherwise, how about letting consenting adults enter into whatever legal arrangements they want?

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