Religious Freedom to Discriminate

For too long has America given Christianity favor over the other religions of the world. The very first Amendment to the United States Constitution touches on this issue of an “established religion”. In fact, the founding fathers thought it necessary to talk about the separation of church and state as the very first item in the amendment. Yet we give Christians the grounds to legally discriminate against homosexuals. This religious “freedom” is based on the book of Leviticus in the Old testament. Specifically referenced is Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. It’s strange however that modern Christians don’t follow other delegations from this very same book. Leviticus 26:27-29 essentially says that if you don’t walk with God, he will make you eat your children. Leviticus 11:10 prohibits the eating of shell fish like crab and lobster, or clams. Leviticus 19:27 tells us how we are allowed to cut our hair and facial hair. Leviticus 19:19 tells us not to cross bread animals or plant our fields with two different kinds of seeds. They must’ve missed that one down in the Bible belt of America. These are just in Leviticus. The old testament has several sections that would make most modern Americans uncomfortable. Isaiah 3:16-17 says that because the daughters of Zion walk differently and are haughty, that they shall be smitten with a scab on their head and the Lord will discover their secret parts. Yes, that is what you think it is. The word poth is used, which in Hebrew means vagina. In Psalm 137:8-9 it reads that we should be happy to pay back the Babylonians by smashing their babies against rocks. Slavery is another major subject in the old testament. Israelites couldn’t be permanently owned as slaves, they were closer to indentured servitude. However if you were not from Israel, you weren’t so lucky. Dueteronomy 21:10-14 actually discusses how to purify captive virgins so that they can become sex slaves. Numbers 31:18 shows a servant of God commanding that the Israelites kill all the “used” Midianite women and the boy children but take the virgin girls for themselves. With so many laws to govern how people should live, why do Christians only focus on the one aspect?

“I am the Way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” John 14:6. “And there is salvation in no one else; there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. These two verses are from the new Testament. In these verses, one spoken from the mouth of Jesus himself, the only path to salvation is through him. So what is stopping Christians from serving gays? Certainly these other versus “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12. “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:20-21. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:10. It is abundantly clear to me that this legal discrimination is NOT religiously motivated. Clearly the message of Christ was to love one another and to treat them as you would want to be treated. If a Christian refused to serve people because they weren’t from Israel, would we allow them? What if a religion says not to serve African Americans? Would we allow that? With any amount of unbiased scrutiny, this allowance of hatred becomes obvious for what it is, and it IS NOT religiously driven. It was handpicked from a section of the bible that tells you who you can and can’t take as a sex slave. Never mind that these so called followers of Christ completely ignore his words of love, honor, and respect.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” This is a quote that everyone should know. It’s from our Declaration of Independence. I’m just wondering how many hundreds of years it will take before we can hold these words as truth.

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