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August 19, 2019

8/6/2019 7:30:00 AM

To the Editor:

I am responding to Jeremy Vander Galien's anti-gay letter of July 6.

The Bible considers love to be a good thing, so why would a particular kind be designated as a sin or evil?

The anti-homosexual passages don't even include anything about romantic love, but only about a certain sex act. So it's apples and oranges.

In the Old Testament, the anti-gay statements were in the context of male prostitution in the pagan temples (and a couple of passages mention that explicitly). In Greco-Roman times (i.e., the New Testament), homosexuality meant men preying on boys.

So those who are anti-gay seem to be taking passages out of context, at the expense of the parts about love. And love doesn't mean just loving homosexuals (which some might do in a condescending "hate-the-sin-love-the-sinner" way), but also the love of people toward each other, even same-sex.

I can't find anything on homosexuality in the four Gospels - but then, neither is there anything there like Paul's stricture against women speaking up in church.

There are probably many other references, but here are two: https://openandaffirming.org/ona/how/bible/

http://ecinc.org/clobber-passages/

Though some people's ideas may have started with the Bible (or an interpretation of it), they may now be rooted more in habit or emotion.

It isn't clear if Vander Galien's letter is directed to members of his congregation (at the most limited extreme) or (at the most expansive extreme) to the society at large. But applying religious beliefs to the government would violate the First Amendment to the Constitution.



Richard Heiden

Milwaukee





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