Apr. 11th, 2009

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When the Slacktivist's latest linked to "complementarian bukkake" I just had to go look.  And I found this and this linked from its front page. And now I just must boil down its argument. The writer is a pastor in Iowa, so he is trying to explain why it is wrong for Iowa to legalize homosexual marriage, and what good Christians should do about this.  I present the stripped-down version of his argument:

Why it is wrong to legalize homosexual marriage
  1. Gay sex is ungodly because it has the wrong numbers of penises and vaginas involved.
  2. You must be gay if you approve of gay marriage, and God will punish you with increased gay sexual desire.
  3. God will smite you and you'll deserve it.
What good Christians should do about this
  1. Crack down on all ungodly sexual behaviour, not just on gays. He says, "Marriage is attacked when church members go undisciplined for fornication and adultery. Marriage is dishonored through abusive husbands and disrespectful wives, through the use of internet pornography and the reading of smutty novels." I will give him a thumbs-up for abusive husbands being counted here.
  2. Cracking down on all ungodly sex instead of just gays will convince others that Christians are telling the truth about gay marriage being wrong. The writer has noticed that the rest of the world thinks that the anti-gay marriage Christians are a bunch of homophobic hypocrites who scream about the evils of gay sex while indulging in heterosexual fornication. Therefore, living by the rest of their sexual mores will give them a leg to stand on publicly about the evils of gay sex. What the writer does not address is how them being more virtuous actually convinces everyone else that gay marriage is wrong.  It probably involves God somehow, instead of rational arguments.
  3. Go out and evangelize to gays so that God will convert them into good straight people. The "logic" here is that gayness is a sin, and sin comes from hating God, so gays must hate God. Therefore, if you convert a gay, causing him or her to love God, God will respond by removing the icky gayness.
Has this man really thought through what his argument looks like from the outside, and in particular what it must look like to a gay person, especially a Christian one?  And how is God increasing your gay sexual desire going to be a punishment for any gay person who isn't repressed? Wouldn't that be more of a reward?

He could have written this as "gays are icky and God tells me so" without reducing the content terribly much.


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