I suppose it’s a good thing that most evangelical Christian nutcases don’t really have the cruelty of their convictions when it comes to gays. Sayeth Leviticus 20:13: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” This is the verse most popularly used by gay-hating Christians to prove that God is on their side. It’s right there in black and white! they exclaim, as if the whole thing is out of their hands.
Of course, that same verse goes on to say about men-laying men, “…they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Which clearly calls for the death penalty for homosexual behavior–with no exceptions (“surely”). It’s right there in black and white. But “kill the fags!” isn’t a terribly popular sentiment, even among Christian evangelicals. It seems a tad…extreme. So right in the middle of Leviticus 20:13, gay-hating Christians perform an abrupt one-eighty: While God certainly denounces the queers, He was wrong about the whole kill-them-all thing. Infallible, all-knowing God was right about the sin, but wrong about punishment for the sinner. Silly God–I guess He can’t be infallible all the time.
If only Nigerian Muslims could be as benevolently hypocritical as their Christian brethren. Amina Lawal is about to be killed by the state for pulling a Kobe Bryant–the crime of adultery. Unfortunately for Ms. Lawal, Nigerian Muslims really do have the cruelty of their convictions.
It takes less than 30 seconds to sign an Amnesty International petition protesting God’s will.
(Posted both to Blogcritics and to Brian Flemming’s Weblog.)