I strolled over to the Charlotte Observer website to read their reporting on North Carolina's proposed gay marriage amendment and was greeted by this photograph:
05.08.12 - Dr. Patrick Wooden Sr. pastor of the Upper Room Church of God In Christ and his wife Pamela Wooden returns that show strong support for Amendment One during an election night party at the North Raleigh Hilton. ROBERT WILLETT - firstname.lastname@example.org
I often find the position of black social conservatives on gay marriage fascinating. After all, the Bible talks a lot about slavery. How to obtain slaves, how to dispose of slaves, how to treat slaves, how to sell your daughter into slavery. But it says nothing about banning slavery, or slavery being immoral.
The Bible also mentions homosexuality in a couple places. It discusses homosexuality being bad way less than it discusses slavery in a way that practically condones the practice, or at minimum does nothing to actively encourage opposition to it.
In fact, the best arguments social conservatives can usually muster are arguments like "well, social change takes time. Jesus couldn't have taken such a radical position on slavery without compromising His work on other issues. Trust that God will work it out in His own way." Sound familiar? It's the same stuff people say to homosexuals about the right to marry.
So why not go whole hog on this Bible thing? If it's okay to use the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against homosexuals, can we use it to reinstitutionalize slavery? I mean, I'm just reading what's actually IN the Bible...