NYT Writer: Christians ‘Must Be Made’ to Embrace Gay Lifestyle,” by theologian Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
8 Apr 2015
In the wake of the Indiana donnybrook over religious liberty, which somehow was transformed overnight into a question of gay rights, it couldn’t be long before the New York Times weighed in against Christians.
Yet who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so.
Op-ed writer Frank Bruni, onetime Times restaurant critic and a gay activist, has written that Christians who hold on to “ossified,” biblically-based beliefs regarding sexual morality have no place at America’s table and are deserving of no particular regard.
America's table? Has he reverted to being a restaurant critic? How does he equate food with sexuality? Nevermind, don't go there!
In one fell swoop, Bruni trashes all believing Christians as “bigots,” saying that Christians’ negative moral assessment of homosexual relations is “a choice” that “prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.”
He reduces the Bible to 'ancient texts' as though they are no longer valid.
I wonder what advances in science and knowledge he is referring to here? 40 odd years of feverish genetic research in quest of a gay gene has completely failed to find one. If anything, science has proven that homosexuality is not inherited but the consequence of environmental influences in one's developmental years.
Knowledge will tell you that if you could inherit homosexuality, it would have bred itself out of existence in a few generations or less.
In other words, if you still cling to your benighted views and your “ancient texts,” you are living in the past and your views merit no respect.
As a food critic, NY Times writer Frank Bruni was entertaining and occasionally informative. As an op-ed columnist he is adolescent and often repetitive. But as a theologian, he is simply abysmal.
Bruni takes it upon himself to explain how the Bible can be interpreted to read that God is really fine with sodomy and that all that antiquated stuff against adultery, fornication, and “men lying with other men” is a quaint vestige of an archaic worldview that went out definitively with Freud.
That would be found in the Freudian edition of the Bible. (Don't try to find one).
The scary part about Bruni’s essay is not his awkward attempt at playing the biblical scholar, but the undertone of evident disdain for Christians and his proposal that those who resist should be forcibly reeducated.
That's communist methodology. They used re-education in the Soviet Union, and are still using it in China and North Korea. It's also known as brain-washing.
In Christians’ refusal to bend with the times, Bruni sees not faithfulness to God but willful obstinacy that must be broken.
“So our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison, much as they’ve jettisoned other aspects of their faith’s history, rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity,” Bruni writes.
Like most gays, I fully expect he doesn't actually believe there really is a God, so we can massage Christian doctrine any way we want without spiritual consequences.
But what if Christians don’t want to change? What if they don’t want to “bow to the enlightenments of modernity”? What if they are convinced that the modern worldview is not necessarily the most enlightened path when it comes to the ultimate meaning of life and death, time and eternity?
“Religion,” writes Bruni, “is going to be the final holdout and most stubborn refuge for homophobia. It will give license to discrimination.”
And thus it must be stamped out.
Of course, the reverse is also true. Homosexual priveleges may give rise to discrimination against the religious. In fact, that's exactly what he is proposing.
Bruni cites fellow gay activist Mitchell Gold, founder of the advocacy group Faith in America, as saying that church leaders must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list. “His commandment is worthy — and warranted,” writes Bruni.
So now government should be dictating belief to churches and enforcing theological orthodoxy? Now politicians and courts will be telling Christians what they are allowed to consider as sinful? Isn’t this what America was founded to escape from?
Even if 'Christians' were to take homosexuality off the 'sin list', God won't! You can deal with that issue now, or you can wait until you stand before Jesus Christ and try to explain to him how His Word and history are all wrong. Good luck with that.
People are already talking about forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings, whether they like it or not, or get out of the marriage business. Christians founded America and yet now the minority gay lobby is trying to tell them they are personae non gratae and their beliefs are no longer welcome.
America has a grand tradition of tolerance and religious freedom, respect for a diversity of beliefs, and an honest engagement with ideas of all sorts. It seems that some would like to force all Americans to walk in lockstep, marching to the same drummer.
Sincere Christians have no problem accepting other people with all their sins, inclinations, and struggles, fully understanding that they are in no way superior to the next guy and no better in God’s eyes.
But attempts to force them to abandon their ethical standards and their principles reveal not open-mindedness or fairness, but intolerance, chauvinism, and hate.
These are the attitudes that have no place in America.