It’s a banner day for obnoxious Christians here at the seminary. I found something very interesting. Have you ever heard from a vaguely tolerant believer that the references to homosexuality are from the Old Testament and therefore not part of God’s “new covenant”? I found this palatable. Except it’s not true. From Romans:
“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”
So much for that argument. I’m almost sad to see it go. Paul is the first homophobe of the modern age. Now we come to more recent times, and the assholism dial is cranked to 11:
In the second in a series of presentations that he recently made at Charis Bible College in Colorado, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton reiterated his belief that God will never allow a cure or vaccine for AIDS to be discovered because the disease is divine punishment for homosexuality.
“Anything the Bible says is right, there is scientific basis for it now,” Barton said. “The federal government, in the last several years, has spent tens of billions of dollars looking for a vaccine for AIDS and I don’t think they will ever find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. And I say that based on a particular Bible verse … Notice this, homosexuals receive in their bodies the penalty due them. The Bible says if you engage in homosexuality, your body will do things that will penalize you. So if you can have a vaccine for AIDS, then you’re keeping your body from penalizing you. I don’t think they’ll ever find a vaccine for AIDS”.
If there is a just God, and there is a hell…I think I know who should go.