With the US General (Presidential) Election now just weeks away, I have noticed an increase in the Biblical quotes that the American Christian Taliban is using to, yet again, condemn same-sex attraction as they put about misinformation and this mysterious ‘gay agenda’ to get Romney elected via their tea parties. And the usual stock replies from the LGBT community are a-plenty.
Why do ‘we’ always play ‘defense’? Might it not be an idea to go on the offense and start quoting some Biblical passages to show how much of what is said in the Bible has little or no relevance in the 21st century?
And what better way than to start with a couple of verses from Deuteronomy (chapter 22) on heterosexual marriage which, if in force today, would have much more effect on the human race than gay men and women are deemed to have by the “’Bible-belt’ protagonists.
It is all about a woman being a virgin when she gets married. Best to quote the Bible-thumpers favourite version, the King James Version (and it should not be forgotten that King James was, in today’s terminology, an ‘out of the closet’ gay man who reputed to have paraded his boyfriend – the dashing (read ‘cute twink’) Duke of Buckingham – not only, it is said, in his Court, but across his Kingdom).
The original text in the language (and spelling) of the day is quoted first. Then comes the more up to date English text (Cambridge University) and finally the 1901 American Standard.
20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginitie be not found for the damosel:
21 Then they shall bring out the damosell to the doore of her fathers house, and the men of her city shal stone her with stones that she die, because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her fathers house: so shalt thou put euill away from among you.
The widely accepted modern English version of these two verses (King James version – Cambridge authorised) is:
20 But if this thing be true, virginity be not found for the damsel:
21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
More modern translation (American Standard version – 1901):
20 But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel;
21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the harlot in her father's house: so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.
There would be a lot of ‘executions’ in modern society, if this were still in force.
This ‘woman must be a virgin at marriage (or else)’ is only a start. One could go on to highlight about working on the Sabbath (penalty is death), then to matters like alcohol, the food we eat all of which is outlawed in the Bible. There is a long, long list.
Of course, the US Christian Taliban ‘cherry-picks’ its Biblical quotes to suit their views they seek to impose on today’s society. They ignore what is in the Bible that does not suit them or their modern lifestyle.
And talking of marriage, the Bible does say something about ‘till death do you part’ on the subject of marriage, so divorce lawyers should be looking for another job!
Just a thought...