Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Real Presence

Real Christianity was demonstrated by Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury this week. His statement has, in some way, raised my hopes that the Golden Rule will once again come to characterize Christianity, as opposed to its most vocal proponents' scorched earth policy of apocalyptic blood lust that justifies hate, bigotry, and violence.

While not yet ready to bless homosexuality, Williams equated hostile words with real violence against gays, "warning that such language could lead to suicide or even murder."
"...violence in word or deed and prejudice against homosexual people were unacceptable and sinful behaviour for Christians.”

Williams, is, of course, being lambasted by conservatives for being out of touch with mainstream Christians. So, I guess my question to those mainstream Christians is this: Show me the verse where Jesus condemned homosexuality. I can't seem to find it in my copy of the Beatitudes.

10 comments:

Sheryl said...

My friend Charles was talking about the homosexuality issue in an email to me recently. Do you know the group Tikkun?

"I told John but I don't remember if I told you that according to Rabbi Michael
Lerner (Tikkun.org) the word in the Torah that described the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was not about homosexuality. The original Hebrew word described individuals not caring about the needs of others in their society."

I've been thinking lately that a lot of the atheists I know seem to be more familiar with the Bible than the loons who promote all this bigotry in the name of christianity. That's why I think public debates are the way to go. If these people have read their Bibles, did they understand what they were reading? Or are all their ideas second interpretations of folks who would manipulate them for hidden agendas?

Sheryl said...

Hmmmm, I meant "second hand interpretations." I wish it was easier to proof your comments in blogger before submitting them.

Sheryl said...

I finally wrote a draft for my petition to get the major networks to debate Bush's christianity. Let me know if you have any ideas for improving it:

http://szettner.blogspot.com/2004/12/first-draft-of-petition-for-christian.html

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