Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Shellfish Alert: Bishop says Religion hampers gay civil rights

Cap'n Bill here with a diminutive "AAAAAAAAAARRGH!!!" because it is all so hohumm don't you know to hear that the man who does not want to be known as "The Gay Bishop" (but somehow speaks of little else as he storms across the Western World ---wouldn't you like to hear him once being interviewed in the Mideast or Africa?). Anyway, here he is in being profiled and quoted by the MSM again and we are quoting it in its entirety because it is such a solid sterling example of "The Shellfish Argument." What's that? O, you know, when people equate sexual ethics with the food you eat. Duh. One would think a liberal would at least once surf the web and see how their arguments are faring, but apparently not.

Bishop: Religion hampers gay civil rights
Published: April 6, 2009

ATLANTA, April 6 (UPI) -- Outmoded Western religious beliefs are the biggest obstacle to gay and lesbian civil rights, New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson said.
Robinson's 2003 consecration as the first openly gay bishop in a mainline Christian denomination set off a rift in his church's parent body, the Anglican Communion.

"Let's be honest, most of the discrimination ... has come at the hands of religious people, and the greatest single hindrance to the achievement of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people can be laid at the doorstep of the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam," Robinson said in Atlanta at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Justifying anti-homosexuality laws with presumed moral authority from the Bible's Book of Leviticus -- which says a man "shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination" punishable by death -- ignores that life has changed since 400 B.C., Robinson said.

People today routinely do many other things, from eating shellfish to wearing two kinds of cloth, that Leviticus also labeled abominations, said Robinson.
Humanity's beliefs about God and life have evolved in many ways, but Leviticus's few verses about homosexuality "are quoted as if nothing has changed in our understanding since biblical times," Robinson said.
Robinson called on "religious voices and religious people to undo the harm and devastation" by helping the nation and religious communities to question, if not change their minds about, religious convictions that "we've been very sure about for thousands of years."

Evolving are we? Listen, some people are so far from evolving that the can't even advance an argument.

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