Monday, September 1, 2014

faith and homosexuality History has proven arbiters of biblical morality wrong

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 22, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.

Pastor Mike Fisher says that life would be so much easier if society could just “restrict the rights of the immoral to give full rights to the moral” (“Acceptance of homosexuality sends wrong message,” April 16). What an audacious statement! Of course, Pastor Mike, Bob Immel and Evan Martin would be more than happy to be the arbiters of this restriction of rights and would define what is moral!

You arrogance frightens me, pastor! You are fighting the same battle as those who would have used biblical reasoning to force nature to change to prove Galileo wrong. That didn’t work out too well. The Earth does orbit the sun, after all. Mother Nature trumped man’s flawed interpretation of the Bible.

You join the bigots who used biblical passages to support the “restriction of the rights of the immoral” and to impose slavery on blacks and sparked a Civil War that claimed the lives of 650,000 Americans. That also didn’t work so well. Slavery went away because it is wrong — no matter what the Hebrew Scriptures say.

You believe Christianity is the only way to salvation. This ignores billions worldwide who do not share your belief. From Jews to Muslims and Buddhists (who managed to construct a successful moral code to navigate this world 500 years before Christ), all of these are marginalized in your tidy little world. The interesting part is that it will not matter how much we discuss this; your mind is firmly closed.

I am not trying to censor you or infringe on your First Amendment rights. I am encouraging others, who may also find your words repugnant, to resist your efforts to “restrict the rights of the immoral to give full rights to the moral.” Your ideas are frightening and you are wrong!

Ken Clayborn


 This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A U.N. commission accused the extremist Islamic State organization of committing crimes against humanity as pictures emerged of the extremists' bloody takeover of the air base.

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 A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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