(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 01 June 2011)
Last week I wrote on how homosexuals should be able to choose whom they
have sex with (just like anyone else) without feeling adjudged by the
rest of society. As expected, I received a couple of responses that
steered me back to biblical scripture in an attempt to point out to me
the “abomination” of homosexuality.
One person sent me an email that said, “Remember certain things God
would forgive easily but certain things he said in an abomination. It is
not forgiven that easily. Men sleeping with Men and Women Sleeping with
Women are some of the abominables.” [Sic]
This ongoing debate concerning the morality of homosexuality carries the
weight of validation for an entire segment of people. It is not as if
they require the validation of society to exist, for they will exist
regardless. However, if and when society finally accepts them, those who
are homosexuals will finally be able to live their lives to the fullest
without fear of reprisal for being who they are.
Let’s face it, society has at countless points in history sought to rid
itself of varying segments of the population that it feared would change
the status quo.
These offensive segments typically reflected factors such as race,
gender, intellectual capability, financial status, physical health,
mental health and political ideologies, etc. This list could go on
Sexual preference continues to be at the forefront of the “get rid of
them because they are different” battle, simply because there are so few
who wish to accept the fact that a person’s sexuality is as ingrained
as a person’s race or gender.
However, even if – for the sake of argument – homosexuals choose to have
same sex relationships, society has no right to stand in their way. If
society affords a person the right to choose what house to buy, what car
to drive and what clothes to wear, then surely people should also have
the right to choose the gender with whom they want to have sex.
Moreover, we all know very well that a heterosexual person can choose whom to have sex with.
A heterosexual can choose to have sex with several separate people in
one day if she/he so chooses and society will have nary a word to say in
resistance, so long as that person is being responsible by practicing
safe and consensual sex.
So why must those who practice safe and consensual homosexual sex be constantly chided by society for their lifestyle?
Do they not have the same right to have sex with whomever they want as
the heterosexual? Oh, I know that many of those who fight against the
homosexual lifestyle are religious and use their holy books to make this
segment of humans feel like social outcasts.
For example, the Bible says in Leviticus 18:22 that it is an abomination
for a man to lie with another man as with a woman. If a Christian wants
to accept this as law, so be it, but give some thought to this. A few
verses later Leviticus 19:19, the Bible also says “Do not wear clothing
woven of two kinds of material.” I need not say how many people wear
clothes of varying material nowadays.
Likewise, in Exodus 35:2, the Bible says, “For six days, work is to be
done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to
the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.”
Why do I not see the letter pages of the newspapers marking a movement
against working on the Sabbath? Obviously, this is so offensive to God
that death is mandated for anyone who does not observe the Sabbath.
In Exodus 21:7, a man can sell his daughter. Does that mean the Bible
condones the trafficking of humans? In Deuteronomy 22:9, we are informed
that a crop will be defiled if two different kinds of seeds are planted
in the same field. Defiled? Should we be eating defiled food?
I am not attempting to malign these Scriptures in any way, it is simply
my desire to point out that many of these ancient customs are no longer
practiced. However, even if a Christian wanted to insist that the New
Testament is the guideline for contemporary living, in those scriptures
we find further luminosity to the hypocrisy used when singling out
For example, the scripture used by Christians to judge homosexuals so harshly in the 21st century is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
It says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom
of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters
nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves
nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit
the kingdom of God.”
It seems to me that if Christians are going to be so publicly adamant
about the homosexual lifestyle being wrong, there should also be a
public outcry against all who are sexually immoral (having sex outside
of marriage), adulterers, male prostitution (I guess female prostitution
is okay), thieves, the greedy, drunkards (no rum?), slanderers and
I guess that just about covers us all.
Christians just let the adulterers, drunks and swindlers live their
lives without direct interference. Homosexuality is no worse a “sin”
than adultery or stealing (according to the Bible, not to me), so why
the hostility against this segment of the population?
I have a great idea. Why don’t we focus on the adulterers for a while
since adultery has a direct impact on families? Or focus on thievery
since so many people are being impacted by robbers nowadays?
Jesus said that the person without sin should cast the first stone (I
carefully lay my stone down and walk away). Who among us do not fall
into one of the other categories listed with “homosexual offenders”?
If you have been guilty of any of the sins listed, then you should also
put your stone down and walk away, because you have no moral high ground
by which to judge.