To the editor:
The bible is a fascinating book and contains some great advice. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," says Matthew 7:12. Isaiah 55:12 tells us to live a life filled with joy. Romans 12:14 tells us to forgive those who do us wrong.
It also contains hate. Deuteronomy 22:20-21 says if a bride isn't a virgin on her wedding night that she shall be dragged to her father's doorstep and stoned to death. The bible even condones slavery, notably in Leviticus 25:44-46 where it's laid out how foreigners are to be sold into slavery. It goes on to state that beating your slaves is perfectly ok, so long as they live for a few days afterward (Exodus 21:20-21).
Christians around the world interpret the bible. They have to; otherwise there'd be a lot more stoning happening.
We've learned to ignore what the bible says about slavery, what it says about wearing garments of two different threads, and what it says about women being subservient to men. Yet, the bible is still used daily to oppress. Recently, a letter was run in the paper that begins by stating how shocking it is to see color pictures of "homosexual activities" in The Daily Mining Gazette. Of course, it's not shocking to see this, even on the front page. Pride Week at Michigan Tech has become a big event, and the Drag Show is one of the best-attended events on campus. Surely this is newsworthy.
What else isn't shocking is that Pride Week brings the homophobic bigots out of the woodwork , selectively quoting the bible and saying, "See? It's right there in the bible! I can't help but hate gays!" They say this all without a bit of irony. What they don't tell you is that they're not calling for non-virgin brides to be stoned to death nor are they calling for the repeal of the 13th Amendment.
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Don't get me wrong. Not all Christians are homophobic bigots. I know many Christians who are loving and accepting individuals who represent everything that is right with Christianity.
The bible says many things that are too often passed over or forgotten. Sadly, two of the most important amongst these are Matthew 7:1 and John 8:7. I'll let you look those up yourself. However, let it be known that bigotry in the guise of religion is cowardice.
BRYAN J. SEBECK