Letters for Sept. 14, 2015
End discrimination based on religious dogma
Are Kim Davis’s and ISIS’s views on homosexuality the same — apart from the fact that I doubt Ms. Davis would ever condone throwing a homosexual to his death from a high building? Or would she? What do the Bible and the Qur’an have to say about homosexuality?
The Bible (Leviticus 20:13): “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
The Qur’an (7:80-84): “…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds … And we rained down on them a shower (of stone).”
Islamic law, like the Bible, teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death. Implicit in both is that homosexuality is a choice. Christian devotees have to believe that, because if they didn’t, they would have to accept that God created homosexuals — thereby making homosexuality morally right.
Whether we believe or not, it’s imperative that we move beyond our archaic past and stop using religious dogma as a rationale for discriminating against our fellow human beings.
There is, and always will be, a certain percentage of humankind, through no fault of their own, who will be born gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and the sooner we accept that fact, the better off the world will be.