29 May 2007

Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil (Part Two)

Prohibitions against male homosexual conduct (there are none pertaining to women) appear in the Old Testament, specifically in the book of Leviticus. Levitican law does not apply to Christians; ironically, Paul himself said as much in 1 Corinthians 9:20: To those under the Law, I became as one under the Law (though I myself am not under the Law . . . [I] am under Christ's Law). And what is this Law of Christ that he referred to? It's basically a modified version of the Ten Commandments. You can find it in the 19th chapter of Matthew, but you won't find any prohibition against homosexual contact there:

MATTHEW 19: 18-19
1. You shall not murder.
2. You shall not commit adultery.
3. You shall not steal.
4. You shall not bear false witness.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

In that same chapter, Jesus Christ discusses proper relations between men and women. This would've been the perfect place to re-affirm Levitican prohibitions against homosexual conduct. However, the Savior didn't do that! Instead, He exempted certain men from the requirement to marry:

MATTHEW 19: 11, 12
(Jesus Christ said) "Whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery." His disciples said to Him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." But He said to them: "Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this (teaching) who can."

Although today the word "eunuch" refers to castrated men, in ancient times it was used broadly to define castrated or uncastrated men who lacked sexual interest in women. Many homosexual Christians, myself included, believe the Savior was talking about Gay identity here. Regardless of whether you agree with that interpretation or not, it's clear from the previous passage that Jesus Christ did not condemn same-gender sexuality! The Apostle Paul may have wished to amend Christian Law to support his personal prejudices, but he did not have the authority to do so. Neither does Bishop Jackson! The Bishop duplicates the error that many of his Fundamentalist brethren make by placing Paul's teachings on the same level as those of the Christ!

5. That pornos, the ancient Greek root for the English word pornography, refers specifically to homosexual men.

There is no basis whatsoever for implying such a thing! Translated from Greek, "pornographos" means "writing about prostitutes." "Graphos" refers to the written word. "Pornos" means a man who sleeps with prostitutes. Some scholars argue that "pornos" can also mean male prostitute, but even if that's true, a male prostitute is not the equivalent of a Gay man! Granted, the Bishop would very much like to equate homosexuality with prostitution; in his comments to you, he made that desire quite clear. However, he cannot impose his own subjective definitions on ancient texts!

The Bishop laughed off suggestions that his doctrine was tainted by political ambition, but I'm sure I wasn't the only viewer he failed to convince. When he speculated so animatedly about the prospect of Conservative mega-church members assuming leadership positions in business and government, his lust for secular power was palpable. Despite protestations to the contrary, Bishop Jackson revealed himself to be exactly the craven political animal he denies being! The Liberal preachers he criticizes, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, do have their faults, but at least they have enough integrity not to fudge their political affiliations the way he does!

I found the Bishop's statement connecting the Bush administation to "moral" beliefs almost as disturbing as his Bible distortions. I wonder, just how moral does the Bishop think George W. Bush's policies on torture are? Or his policy of permitting corporations like Halliburton to engage in war profiteering? Or his policy of imposing discredited "abstinence-only" education on AIDS-ravaged developing countries? Or his policy supporting the death penalty, which directly violates the Sixth Commandment? If Bishop Jackson thinks such policies constitute morality, all I can say is, Heaven help his congregation! Judging by the Bishop's view of Mr. Bush, as well as some of his own dubious activities, I don't think he'd know morality if it bit him in his buttocks!

The Bishop and a group of like-minded clergy gave a controversial press conference last month. They denounced pending Federal legislation aimed at deterring violent assaults against LGBT Americans. They called homosexual orientation a "choice," a contention that has been thoroughly discredited! They also advanced an absurd argument that extending Civil Rights protections to Gay citizens cheapens the African-American struggle for equality. What sacrilege, to mount such a shameless display of bigotry in the name of God! Would Bishop Jackson dare attempt to support his laissez-faire position on hate crimes with Scriptural citations? His participation in such a hateful event was appalling and reprehensible. No true Christian would ever oppose stopping a group of people from being criminally targeted, regardless of what sin he believed that group had committed!

The Bishop is a fraud! I think Satan is the god he really serves. He dishonors the true God with his self-serving, bigoted and partisan false prophesy. He dresses up hatred in pious robes and tries to pass it off as Christianity! I would strongly caution him to remember what Jesus Christ taught about such practices:

MATTHEW 7: 15-23
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit . . . every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and throw into the fire! . . . not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven. On that day, many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many deeds of power in Your name? Then I will declare to them: "I never knew you! Go away from me, you evildoers!"

What a bitter fate for someone who identifies as a man of God: To be rebuked by the Lord and shut out of Heaven forever! Bishop Jackson had better change his wicked ways. If he doesn't, the thorns and thistles he uses to harm Lesbians and Gay men may well become a means to his own spiritual destruction!


Stuffed Animal

We allow the lies of Bible bigots to go unchallenged at our own peril. I've said so before. If a lie is told often enough and never gets challenged, people will begin to believe it! The Bush administration's war propaganda should teach us that much.

Politically ambitious charlatans like Bishop Jackson deliberately lie about Gay identity! They lie strategically, consistently and often. They peddle their toxic falsehoods wherever they find a welcoming public forum. They accuse LGBT people of destroying the family. They call us sex addicts and conduits for venereal disease. They equate us with prostitutes and pedophiles. They even blame us for catastrophes like the September 11 terrorist attacks! They say any offensive thing about us that pops into their sick imaginations, and they friggin' get away with it!

Despite a total absence of proof for their libelous claims, the national media treats them as if they were experts on homosexual topics! Let an issue like same-gender marriage, diversity education or open military service come to the fore, and TV producers are sure to solicit inflammatory comments from James Dobson clones! These smug propagandists are repeatedly trotted out before the cameras, trusted with giving the "moral" perspective on our issues. Hatemongers, lecturing the public on morality! This is to laugh! Stuffed Animal isn't laughing, though, and neither are millions of other Lesbian and Gay TV viewers who have to endure this sickening spectacle over and over again.

Of course, public affairs TV isn't the only place we get smeared. Churches, synagogues and mosques also serve as anti-Gay propaganda centers, and LGBT demonization is practiced even more effectively there! Millions of Christians, Jews and Muslims are taught every Sunday that we're a blight on humanity and destined for Hell, and they accept this erroneous teaching as (dare I say it?) gospel.

Worse, they also accept as gospel their ministers' scurrilous babble about the Gay "lifestyle", Gay "recruitment", chosen sexual orientation, heterosexual conversion through prayer, and any number of foolish claims. In evangelical churches, superstition, stereotype and rumor run rampant! Radio and televangelists contribute their share of falsehood, too, and one-dimensional TV shows like "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" feed into the climate of defamation. (Sometimes, we really can be our own worst enemy!)

Even so, there's ample scientific evidence on hand to refute the crazy claims made about us. Check out this summary of existing evidence compiled by Dr. Jeffrey Pascoe . . .

Are these facts being disseminated, though? Is their existence even acknowledged by most print and broadcast media? Hardly!  Instead, we get a steady urine stream of undiluted misinformation. Harry Jackson, Jr., relieving himself on "Tony Brown's Journal" is the latest disgusting example! Journalists are charged with getting the truth out to the public, but where we're concerned, truth seems to be the last thing they worry about. This has got to stop!

"Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil" concludes with Part Three.