Have you ever wondered why people take part of the Bible and not the rest? I mean, it is quite clear that the Bible calls for the stoning deaths of those engaging in anal intercourse as well as adulterers, and yet, it seems like so many Christians go “we only want to defend the part that says that being gay is wrong, but not the part about stoning them to death.” Ah, it is nice to know that their faith is so limited that they would never bother to actually defend the entirety of the book that they claim to believe in.
Take, for instance, Representative Andy Gipson of Mississippi. Now, he can be forgiven since he does come from one of the most homophobic states in the Union, but he took to Facebook in order to quote from Leviticus 20:13 which states that “if a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” He also quoted from Romans 1:26-28, which states “because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Gipson also claimed that homosexuality results in diseases like HIV/AIDS (which is hitting the heterosexual community far worse than it is the LGBT Community as a whole), and that it confuses children “who need to understand the proper role of men and women” (which, according to the Bible would mean that women would have to be at home, barefoot and pregnant- notice Gipson never calls for women’s rights to work to be revoked) and that it undermines the “longstanding definition of marriage as between one man and one woman” (the long standing Christian view of marriage since that is not the Islamic version, the Celtic version, the Hindu version, the Shinto version and so forth).
So, of course, how does Gipson defend the Bible- with this:
“Well it’s been an interesting day to say the least. Here at home I’ve received several threats in one day, to me personally, via email and on the phone, and at least one apparent death threat left on the answering machine to my whole family.
Apparently the Huffington Post (a California-based liberal blog) ran an article falsely stating or implying that my facebook post citing Leviticus 20:13 was to “suggest” that gay people should be put to death. I reject and resent that accusation; I have NEVER condoned or requested the killing of ANY PERSON.
I believe all are created in the image of God, and one of the 10 Commandments is “Thou shalt not murder.” What I did intend and did say is that the Bible clearly defines homosexual conduct as morally wrong – a sin. I cited this and another scripture for the purpose of pointing out that the conduct is sin, in defense of my stance against same-sex marriage.
What I find amazing is that the same people asserting the virtue of “tolerance” will tolerate all views except the view of Scripture – and, as evidenced today, will call and threaten me for referring to a Bible passage! Of course, we are all sinners, all in need of God’s grace. Only Jesus Christ can provide the grace we all need, including the folks who left those hateful messages on my answering machine. I pray for them that they would see and understand the truth.”
How can Gipson say he never called for gays to be put to death when he posted passages that do just that?
Because just like his fellow Fundamentalists Gipson follows the Bible selectively. He just chooses to ignore the part of the sentence he reads that advocates murdering gay people.
So why can’t he just go a little further and ignore the “detestable” part?
It is not just that, guys at Queerty. . .Gipson isn’t even really a Christian if he is unwilling to defend the Bible in its entirety.