Tuesday, June 10, 2008

That's Not Fair!

In an article that would be funny if it weren't so sad, the Toledo Blade reported on a pro-sin...ahem..."openness to gays" forum at the University of Toledo.

I love the name of the event:

EqualityToledo, the Northwest Ohio Faith Coalition, Equality of Ohio, and the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign sponsored the "Faith and Fairness" meeting at the University of Toledo college of law.

Quite right, since Christianity at it's heart is a faith based on fairness. The article goes on...

The event showcased the religious community that's accepting of the gay and lesbian community, said Cheri Holdridge, of the Northwest Ohio Faith Coalition of Equality and the pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Toledo.

"I'm the pastor of a church that has a large gay and lesbian following," she said.

Harry Knox, the director of the Human Rights Campaign of Faith Program in Washington, said that the meeting's purpose was "to help equip people of faith who care about [the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community] to use faith language in advocating for our civil rights."

Ms. Knox, you may stand up and speak behind a podium on Sunday's, and even get paid for it, but since you a) don't meet the Biblical qualifications for a pastor and b) refuse to exercise church discipline on those in your group in open, unrepentant and willful sin, you have no business calling yourself "pastor".

Then we see this bombshell:

The Rev. Miguel De La Torre, associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and director of the school's Justice and Peace Institute who was the keynote speaker, said the event highlighted the issue of justice.

"That's the whole message of Jesus - to stand in solidarity with those who are being crucified today," he said.

That is the whole message of Jesus, being nice to gay people. Read that again: "That's the whole message of Jesus - to stand in solidarity with those who are being crucified today." Check my math, but when is the last time you saw a homosexual nailed to a cross? Those sorts of statements are so over the top and ridiculous on their face that they negate entirely their argument.

And here I thought that the whole message of Jesus was God in flesh, living in perfect obedience, dying on a cross for the sins of His people, being buried, rising again and ascending to heaven to await the day He returns to pass judgment. I guess I am reading a different Bible.

Mr. De La Torre said that people in positions of power impose their own prejudices on the Biblical text.

Impose their own prejudices? Like reading what it says? Shame on all those mean people in power, like the average literate Joe who opens up the Bible and reads what it says about sin in general, and homosexuality in particular.

The Iliff School of Theology? Never heard of it, but since their "Community Covenant" never once mentions Jesus Christ or even God in general, it doesn't strike me as the kind of place that people who read and believe the Bible attend. Who exactly is your covenant with if you don't even mention God?

I am guessing I won't get a speaking invitation to the "Iliff School of Theology" any time soon.

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