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Dan Savage Savages the Bible, Christianity, and the Pope (Part II)

StoneYouWhen Wrote: May 08, 2012 10:38 PM
Should this Dan Savage understand scripture as we do? Scripture tells us we understand scripture by way of the Holy Spirit, and that to worldly men it is just so much foolishness. If someone held me in slavery and beat me at his whim, saying it was righteous because the Bible said it was so, I'd probably concur with a gay man, who was beaten-up under claim of a similar privilege, in calling it "B.S." Of course I'd be wrong because my argument is with the humans who interpreted it in such a way, and not the document that was so misinterpreted.
du2 Wrote: May 09, 2012 7:28 AM
Good question. Dan Savage was raised Catholic and at one time studied for the priesthood. His religious education is solid and he knows of what he speaks. History in our nation is very recent regarding religious people who have used the Bible to justify all manner of human rights abuses on the most vulnerable. Women, indigenous people, blacks, Jews and gays. Those who experience that abuse first hand, are right to criticize and challenge it and demand it be stopped. There are millions of hypocritical people of faith, willing to harm gay people in the demand of gov't enforcement of that religion ONLY against gay people, but not against other hets who also meet the same religious criteria for enforcement. THAT is what Savage is right about.

If the Bible is “a radically pro-slavery document” (Dan Savage), how is it that Christians who successfully fought for the abolition of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries based their opposition to slavery on that very same Bible? The answer is simple: The Bible is actually not “a radically pro-slavery document.”

According to Savage (following atheist Sam Harris), “the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong. Slavery! What’re the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? 100% percent.”

To be candid, it’s easy to see where Savage and Harris are...