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Was Jesus Gay? Article from AlterNet April 24, 2012

Posted by commentaryfromthecouch in Uncategorized.

Here is the link to the AlterNet story: http://www.alternet.org/belief/155118/was_jesus_gay_probably?akid=8637.1082015.aRRumn&rd=1&t=6#disqus_thread

This is an article written by a man named Paul Oestreicher, an Anglican priest who actually makes a pretty good case that Jesus was was likely gay. Given my standing on Christianity, meaning I was baptized Episcopalian but have since fallen far by the wayside, this article appeals to me from the standpoint that so many people in NC are arguing for passage of the “one man one woman” marriage amendment due to their belief that Christianity sees homosexuality as an abomination. I don’t buy into that, just as I don’t buy into the teaching that if you don’t believe in god or JC then you are bound for Hell. It would seem to me that it would take an awfully cruel god to condemn you just because you didn’t believe in something that there is no evidence for. Wouldn’t it? Or am I missing something?

Anyway, my argument for not banning gay marriage is the same as it always has been. In the first place, as long as we are talking about two consenting adults, who are not related of course and that is really only about the genetic problems that can occur from such a union, the government really has no business interfering. There were arguments galore against inter-racial marriage and many of those arguments came form the same type of bible thumpers who are now arguing against gay marriage, and for many of the same reasons. It’s immoral, there’ll be health problems, it’s unnatural…and on and on and on. Finally the USSC looked at all of those arguments, called bullshit, and ta-dum, blacks and whites could marry. In the 50 years since the world has not come to an end, nor would it do so if we allowed gay marriage. In the second place, religion has NO PLACE in our laws or in our Constitution state, federal, or any. We have a separation of church and state for a reason and if those people are allowed to start making laws and re-writing Constitutions to include all of their petty little prejudices then we are in real trouble as a country. One thing they need to do if they wish to get involved is to start paying taxes on all church land and property. The next thing is…which religion do we allow to write laws? The Christians are some of the first to scream about Sharia law whenever it is brought up anywhere outside of the Muslim theocracies. So do we only allow the allow the Christians to write laws? Add the Jews? Anyone else? Because any religion you do not give voice to is very likely to take you to court and we can’t have that as we’d spend all of our time and money in court defending those laws. Absurd, right?

We need to stop this nonsense of allowing religions of any kind into our legal and political system. It pretty much started during the Reagan years with the Moral Majority who were actually anything but. The GOP latched onto the right wing religious people and forgot what they used to stand for, including smaller government and keeping it out of people’s lives. We need to move back to the days when the church people stayed in their churches and our laws making process actually made sense. What are we doing as a state and as a country? It’s a slippery slope when we start writing laws and Constitutional amendments to deny people rights and freedoms that they should have. Who’s next? Because after the religious have finished with the gay folks they will look for another target. I guess we can all hope it’s not us.



1. eurobrat - September 1, 2014

Nobody *really* knows who Jesus was or what his life was actually like. So if people want to imagine he was gay, or married to a woman, or celibate, hey, go for it. As long as they don’t try to force their idea of him onto everyone else…since none of us really know the truth.

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