I live in Phoenix. It’s been a national story, but really big locally. Pastor Steven Anderson has been out there saying that Christians ought to be in favor of capital punishment for gay people. I mean Richard Simmons sure, I think we can all agree the world would be a better place. But everyone can see this is extreme and asinine.
Here’s the thing, he’s right in that the Bible does say this. It’s not like there’s a lot of ambiguity in it.
Leviticus 20:13 KJV
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Now I know, most of you think we ought to fight this bigotry by shutting him down. There were protesters at his church this weekend that would like to do just that. You are taking the wrong line if that is what you think. Want to end it? Just let him talk.
Really, there aren’t many people who aren’t going to think he’s a first rate jackass. So hey, let him say every stupid thing that comes to mind. Help it go viral. Have as many people hear him as possible. It’s the best way to fight it.
Christians are losing membership at a pretty good pace. Most of it is the access we have to information now. It’s a lot harder to keep a lie going when Google is there and you can find out pretty much anything in a few seconds. The whole “there’s no evidence for evolution” thing falls apart in seconds if you type it into a modern search engine. It also has a bit to do with access to each other. When I realized I was an atheist I didn’t even know the word for it much less have other atheists to talk to. Now someone who is leaning that way would have no problem finding others and that allows them to explore the idea and be comfortable with it.
But jerk offs like Steve here do more that all us bloggers ever could hope to. I’ll say it again, he’s RIGHT when he points out the Bible says it. If you believe that goofy book then you really should be in favor of it because it’s directly stated that’s what the creator of the Universe has in mind here.
Now everyone knows this is evil and no one would do it. Christians go though all kinds of mental hoops to say it doesn’t apply even though Jesus himself directly says the laws DO APPLY at least until Earth passes
Matthew 5:17-18 KJV
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
I just wish that Christians would sit down and read the thing and see what it’s really like. This guy….this guy gets a few (not many) to do just that. So let him talk. Let everyone hear him talk. You don’t even have to tell anyone how asinine it is because they already know.
Yeah…we might encourage a few nuts to actually do some of this. And yes, it says they ought to kill blasphemers too, and I know that includes me. But the overall effect will be making fewer religious nuts so it will end up safer in the long run.