As if clearing snow first thing this morning wasn’t enough to get my blood pumping, the BBC Whirled Service (which I often listen to on NPR in the morning) spent the first 15-20 minutes addressing the split in the Anglican church over those pesky gays. It was balanced coverage, and I wasn’t too agitated until a bishop from Africa got into detail on his views.
The bible says it’s wrong. Assuming we trust the bible as God’s words and not what people have made it into over the centuries, I’m not even going to debate that. Not that I agree. The bishop and those who are like-minded are wrong, but it’s just not worth debating. They treat the books they’ve been handed as if God gave it to them on a visit to heaven, as opposed to what people wrote down. Even so, it’s not worth debating.
No, that wasn’t it. What got me steamed was when he explained to the interviewer that we don’t simply tolerate or condone the behavior of “an armed robber” when he “chooses” to be an armed robber, so why should they tolerate people who choose to be gay. Even if I could stomach his backward view that we choose to be gay, his comparison of gay men and women to criminals really said it all.
You’re an evil man, bishop, and if you stand before God someday, you’ll have to answer for your hatred of His children. So, too, shall the world (if humanity doesn’t destroy itself first) one day see societies that look back on these attitudes as we now look back on the evil of the Inquisition.
Doesn’t it strike any of these people that their intolerance is completely out of step with the teachings of Jesus? I’m certainly no expert on Jesus (being a fellow Jew, I wasn’t taught a lot about him in religious school), but my understanding of Jesus is that he was very tolerant, open and loving to all mankind. So how do today’s displays of intolerance fit with his example? It really makes no sense.