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Old 02-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #123
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I looked at another of the articles in the series, this time dealing with Leviticus.

Enlightening article for those interested as it gets to the root of homophobia among the Evangelical/Fundamentalists .

Homosexuality in Leviticus

By The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson

In practice, we modern day Christians have regarded most of the injunctions in the Holiness Codes of Leviticus and Deuteronomy as culturally bound to the ancient times of the Hebrews--but not binding on us. These same purity codes forbid eating shellfish, planting a field with two different kinds of seed or wearing simultaneously two kinds of cloth. They would prohibit us from ordaining to the priesthood any handicapped person - not to mention women. We cannot, then, isolate these passages about homosexual acts and impute to them the kind of enduring authority which we ascribe to nothing before or after these passages. One has to wonder why the biblical literalists who cite this passage against homosexuality don't seem to go all the way and advocate for death as the punishment for homosexual behavior! We cannot have it both ways.
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