Political Agendas Often Masked By Theology
News-Journal, July 13, 2003
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It is not an uncommon view on these pages that people be respected for
their religious conviction against homosexuality.
I wonder if the same respect would be begged for those with the view that
women are the property of men? Should we be asked to regard the Underground
Railroad and Abolitionist movement as morally wrong because of the biblical
admonishment to slaves to honor their masters?
These may be unpopular notions, but I suspect they are still widely held.
Could we not, in light of several generations of sufferance in this country,
simply dismiss them summarily as illogical? I would not attempt to dissuade
anyone from tempering their own behavior with wisdom gleaned from an ancient
culture, but the laws with which we govern ourselves do not exist in a vacuum.
If I wanted to use the Bible to support a stated moral objection to tube
tops, pork rinds, and baseball caps I certainly could, and with less a
suspension of rational thought than it would take to refute the legitimacy of
romantic love existing between two persons of the same sex. It is not a
compromise to their own experience that morally indignant people seek to
promote. It does surprise me that religious establishments and media as yet
beyond the dictate of conservative ideologues will actually fuel the current
cultural war in their reluctance to expose the hypocrisy of a political agenda
masquerading as theology.
Could we not more courageously state that we dismiss the convictions of
some against homosexuality for their inability to reconcile the lop-sided
application of misinformation so as to resemble a rational argument, and
reserve our respect for more genuine opinion.
—Peter Tupitza, Elkton, Md
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