The Bible As Weapon In The Culture War

By John Shelby Spong/Chicago Tribune

The Bible regularly is quoted by conservative Christians to argue that what they call "the homosexual lifestyle" is contrary to Scripture. Politically this takes the form of seeking to amend the Constitution to discriminate against our citizens who are gay or lesbian. In this basic charter nearly every previous attempt at amendment has been to expand freedom. Now these Bible quoters want to reverse that trend, failing to see that if today's majority can amend the Constitution to discriminate, then no one is safe from tomorrow's majority. -- Our nation's judiciary has been called "anti-religious." When leaders seek to intimidate the
presumably independent courts, the first step toward a totalitarian government has been taken.

(Hat tip Todd) John Shelby Spong, a retired Episcopal bishop, on the misuse of the bible and the Christian religion.


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