Make a list of the Bible passages that especially speak to you and give you hope and encouragement.
John 3:16-17 is a good beginning: "God
so loved the world (YOU) that God gave God's only begotten child,
Jesus, that whosoever (YOU) believes in Jesus should not perish (throw
away your life), but have eternal life. For God did not send
Jesus into the world to condemn the world but that the world through
Jesus should be set free (saved)."
also Psalm 100:3; the Book of Ruth; David and Jonathan in I Samuel
18:120:42 and II Samuel 1:1-27; John 16:33; Matthew 28:18-20; Galatians
3:28 and 5:1; I Peter 5:7; Romans 5:1-11; 8:1-4, 14-39; 15:1-7.
other Bible passages are helpful and encouraging to people who are
misunderstood, outcasts and oppressed. Discuss the Bible in your
group and encourage people to suggest Bible passages that have helped
Further discussion of Step 7 can be found in my book Steps To Recovery From Bible Abuse in the following Lessons:
(Click on Bible references to see them.)
"DEATH ALONE SHALL PART US:
RUTH AND NAOMI"
The Book of Ruth 1:15-18; 4:13-17
No. 26. "WHAT LOVE HAS JOINED:
DAVID AND JONATHAN"
1 Samuel 18:1-5; 20:16-17, 23,30-35, 40-42; 2 Samuel 1;19-27
No. 27. "GOD KNOWS YOUR NAME"
Exodus 3:13-15; Philippians 2:1-11
No. 28. "JESUS AND SAME SEX LOVE"
John 12:1-8; 13:1-17, 34-35
On to Step 8
"CALL TO ACTION"
Update for March 4, 2004
marriages in San Francisco have triggered a worldwide response that has
become a "call to action" from many sources. See the detailed
statement by Rev. Troy Perry, founder and Moderator of the Universal
Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, link below. See
also the Soulforce call to action on their website, link below.
personal call to action may be simply to "come out" to yourself and to
your family and friends as a gay, lesbian, transsexual, or bisexual
person. See my website material on
"Coming Out" in Step 9.
Rosie and her partner come to San Francisco from New York to enjoy the
marriage opportunity gave a lot of positive publicity to same-sex
marriage. At this point, nobody can predict what the California
Supreme Court will decide or what the ultimate decision of the U. S.
Supreme Court will be. For now, however, the rolling tide of
same-sex marriage goes on and thousands of GLBT people are feeling more
accepted and safer than before.
THE BAD AND THE UGLY
and political reaction to the same-sex marriages has been predictable
and increasingly ugly and shrill. When the Governor of California
compared same-sex marriage licenses in San Francisco to giving a
license to use assault weapons or to deal drugs, the response reached a
new low level of absurd mockery. Equally absurd has been the
response of President Bush to demand a change in the United States
Constitution to protect marriage from homosexuals! Marriage is
not threatened by GLBT people. Marriage is being destroyed by
heterosexuals who cannot exercise enough self-discipline to end spouse
and child abuse and to work out their differences without getting a
divorce. Divorce still destroys more marriages than marriage
marriages are a threat only to the ignorant misinformed religiously
confused homophobic leaders and their followers. "Equal protection
under the law" demands that same-sex couples have the same right to
marriage as everybody else. Logical, objective, realistic,
practical thinking would go a long way towards resolving the same-sex
marriage issue. Unfortunately, both politics and religion are
based on principles of illogical, unobjective, unrealistic, impractical
thinking and demands. A healthy dose of common sense would also
NATIONAL NEWS TODAY
national news today is featuring same-sex marriage debates in Congress
and in several states. Fairness and human/civil rights for GLBT
people is the lead news story on most television news this morning,
March 4, 2004. All of a sudden, the rights of GLBT people have
become the leading national issue in politics and religion. It's
about time! The invisible suffering and abuse of GLBT people is
coming into public view. Religious and political discrimination
against homosexuals is coming into stark clear focus in public exposure
and continuous news coverage.
sense is not nearly as common as it ought to be! Common sense
usually means exercising your brain to think logically, realistically,
objectively and practically. Why do we resist doing this?
What is to be gained by being illogical and impractical? Politics
and religion seem to thrive on a lack of common sense. There has
to be a way out of this mess!
way out is clear. Let the Spirit of God who is already within you
give you clear personal guidance for you and for your life
decisions. You do not need somebody else outside yourself to tell
you what to do. You do not need a church, a system of doctrines,
a religious system or a "know it all" religious leader to tell you who
you are or what you are to do with your life. You already have
all the information and inspiration that you need within yourself.
are a fully functioning individual with God already installed in your
psyche and the Spirit of Jesus as part of your soul and being as a
child of the Creator. Nobody outside you has authority over your
mind and heart. Don't give away control of your thinking to
anybody or anything else. Be YOU. Nobody else can.
You can make a difference in your world by being your true self.
Resist the tampering that others want to make in your life.
Think for yourself. Use the incredible computer brain that you already have.
Be yourself. Be free. Be the child of God you were created to be. Use the common sense
that you already have in great abundance!
"INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE"
Saturday, March 20, from 10:00 AM to noon, I will lead the first
Session of study and dialogue on "Instruments of Change: our view of
the Bible" for GLBT people at Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 7901
N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. For information, write to
"WWIC" (Welcoming Witness for Inclusive Church) at PO Box 87447,
Phoenix, AZ 85080 or e-mail to WelcomingWitness@yahoo.com.
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Troy Perry statement about same-sex marriage:
Direct Action in Bothell, Washington, at the church trial of Rev. Karen
Dammann for coming out as a Lesbian and declaring that she is in a
same-sex relationship with her partner in the United Methodist Church: http://www.soulforce.org/denomination/umc/dammanntrial/inde x.shtml
Update for February 26, 2004
NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
could be more non-violent that two people loving each other and getting
married to demonstrate and seal their love. Yet this exact act of
loving non-violence is at the center of the religious terrorism that is
being generated against Gay and Lesbian couples in San Francisco
because of their "civil disobedience" today. The only way that
unjust laws are changed has been by non-violent civil
disobedience. Gandhi in India, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King,
Jr. and now SoulForce and the current same-sex marriage marathon in San
Francisco dramatically remind us of the necessity and power of
non-violent civil disobedience of unjust laws.
Sunday San Francisco Chronicle: "California State Attorney General Bill
Lockyer on Saturday rebuffed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demand that
he force an end to San Francisco's same-sex marriages, calling the
directive political rhetoric. "The governor can direct the
Highway Patrol. He can direct the next "Terminator 4" movie if he
chooses. But he can't direct the attorney general in the way he's
attempted to do."
also recent article about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision
to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples and other relevant
articles in "Yahoo" link below. Click on the map link to see the
states that already have voted to ban same-sex marriage. I
encourage you to check "Yahoo News" every day to get the latest news
and articles about this rapidly unfolding development that so
profoundly influences all of us at this time.
CHALLENGING ENTRENCHED POWER
religious, social, political and cultural power never relinquishes
control without a fight. Progress for any oppressed minority
against discrimination is never easy. People in control use
whatever arguments and methods they can dig up or create in order to
maintain their control over other people.
1887, Lord Acton declared: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
absolutely." He was talking about political power. But his
statement applies equally today to the evil axis of power exercised
against GLBT and many others by the
religious/political/industrial/social cultural environment of today's
engaged in non-violent civil and religious disobedience through many of
the actions of Jesus and the disciples when they intentionally broke
the Sabbath Laws by healing the sick, eating with sinners, touching
lepers and other unclean outcast people. Jesus has already led
the way for non-violent disobedience of unjust discriminating
laws. Read Matthew 23:1-39 to review the attitude of Jesus
towards unjust abusive hypocritical religion. (See link below.)
"THE ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND"
most recent legal challenge to the same-sex marriages in San Francisco
has been launched by "The Alliance Defense Fund." The name of
this organization is intentionally misleading. It sounds positive
and good, but it is really evil, nasty, hateful, angry and full of lies
and distortions of truth. This is the most wide spread of the
homophobic fundamentalist organizations in the United States. See
my update on "THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA" for my analysis of the "Alliance" and information about
who runs it.
"Alliance" is going directly to the California Supreme Court to
petition the court to declare same-sex marriage to be in conflict with
the state constitution. Now a drive is also on to remove the
California Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, from office because he did
not obey the Terminator and immediately stop the same-sex marriages.
THE BUSH PUSH
Bush has declared his rejection of equal rights for GLBT people by
announcing his determination to seek a constitutional amendment against
same-sex marriage. This political maneuver is willing to trample
the loves and lives of GLBT people for Mr. President's hope of
reelection. Mr. Terminator is making the same decision for the
the Governor of the largest state and the President of the most
powerful nation conspire against GLBT people, we are in deep
trouble. But are we? We have a lot of supporters and
friends. We are not alone in this battle for fairness and
justice. The truth is on our side. Common sense is on our
side. We eventually will win. "At first they laugh at
you. Then they arrest you. Then you win."
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Click here for recent news stories about same-sex marriage and
other GLBT issues on Yahoo
Alliance Defense Fund
People for the American Way: About the Alliance Defense Fund
Update for Sunday, February 22, 2004
demands end to gay weddings" is the headline on the front page of
Saturday's "San Francisco Chronicle" and moves the same-sex marriage
battle into a new "action movie" mode!
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned for election last year playing a
lot on his movie role as "The Terminator." He promised to
terminate bad government and to terminate increased taxes and
irresponsible state spending. Now he has set his sights on
terminating same-sex marriage and in the process terminates the hopes
and civil rights of GLBT people.
is far more than a simple political ploy to gain votes and
support. It is a step in the direction of adding the little "ex"
to the word that easily becomes "exterminator." The governor
"ordered Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Friday to intervene
immediately and to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses
to same-sex couples" (See news link below.)
Francisco Chronicle" also reported that President Bush bypassed the
Senate on Friday to seat William H. Pryor, Jr. as an appeals court
judge through 2005. Pryor has taken strong stands against
abortion and GLBT rights and has made radical conservative speeches
against separation of church and state. He worked hard to keep
the "Ten Commandments" monument in the Alabama courthouse. (See
are facing an increasing flood of political/religious discrimination
and oppression as GLBT people. The current political campaign for
President of the United States is offering a vast media stage for all
possible kinds of anti-gay, ignorant, misleading, misinformed, and just
plain mean attacks against GLBT people. Fasten your seatbelts.
This is going to be a bumpy ride.
"seatbelt" that will take you through these bumpy rides is your
spiritual confidence that God is with and within you, your knowledge of
the facts and your clear confident acceptance of yourself as you
are. The radical conservative backlash against any GLBT gains in
civil and human rights is mounting in intensity, anger and power.
WE NEED EACH OTHER
of us has a part to play in "coming out" and in confronting the
misinformation and lies with gentleness and respect. Here is a
conversation that Dennis, one of my readers in Canada, sent to me last
was walking down the street and I heard three people talking (in their
50's) at the bus stop. Just as I walked by the guy said to the
two women, "Did you see the picture of the two gay guys, who got
married, on the front page of the newspaper…..they were
kissing…..wasn't that disgusting?.....They should be shot!"
stopped in my tracks and asked the guy "Why do you think these two guys
deserve death?" He said, "I am only kidding…..but we all know two
guys kissing is disgusting."
said, "It is comments like yours that result in other people beating
and killing gay people! Why do you think it is disgusting?"
He said, "Because it is…..everybody knows it is." The other woman
said also, "Yes, we all know it is disgusting."
I said, "Why, why is it disgusting?
first, they continued to say that "everyone knows it is"….then one
woman, hesitantly said "because the bible says it is wrong." I
asked her if she could show me the verse in the bible that said it was
wrong….and she could not.
told them that I was gay and that gay guys kiss and marry, because they
love each other…..just like straight people do. I told them that
I had been "in love" several times and I know what it feels like.
The guy replied with, "I love my dog, but don't have to marry him."
guy had no idea what I was talking about. I eventually got on the
bus with one of the women and talked to her further. I came to
realize that none of the three had ever "thought" about this issue at
all. They were just "repeating" what others had told them about
the situation (i.e., that two guys kissing is disgusting).
Gays get condemned
because of the misinformation that is passed from one person to another
and is "assumed to be true" because "everyone knows it is true," I am
you continue to tell us in your newsletter, misguided church members
continue to spread lies about gays and the rest of the population
believes it…..without even thinking."
WHAT IS REALLY DISGUSTING
conversation at the bus stop is typical of homophobic religion driven
discrimination and oppression everywhere. Our perverted world
thinks two men kissing is disgusting but thinks two men fighting,
mutilating and killing each other is exciting entertainment: as in the
lies, misinformation, prejudice and discrimination are
disgusting. Political abuse and neglect of the civil and human
rights of all individuals is disgusting. Same-sex love and
marriage are not disgusting. Homophobia is always disgusting.
governor of the largest state and the President of the most powerful
nation have far more opportunity and will to do truly disgusting things
than I would have imagined before this week.
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See the story on "Yahoo News" and click
on the side bar of this article for related stories to get the most recent news and opinions:
Bush appointment of homophobic judge:
"SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CONTINUES"
Update for February 18, 2004
City and County of San Francisco continues to issue marriage licenses
and perform weddings for same-sex couples after two Superior Court
Judges refused to order Mayor Gavin Newsom to stop. Another court
hearing is scheduled by one of the judges on Friday. (See article
have become very emotional and excited about what is happening for Gays
and Lesbians in San Francisco during the past several days. As I
look into the faces of same-sex couples lined up outside of San
Francisco City Hall to obtain marriage licenses, I am seeing a cross
section of America. It is the same as when I went to the last
GLBT March in Washington, DC, and was stuck by how ordinary the people
looked. They were not strange or wild. They were average
couples holding their babies, pushing baby strollers, holding their
children by the hand, walking arm in arm. The only thing special
about it was that they were same-sex gay and lesbian couples and
HUNGRY FOR ACCEPTANCE
would thousands of gay and lesbian couples travel to San Francisco for
this special weekend from as far away as the east coast and from other
countries? Having been an activist in GLBT churches and other
retreats and conferences since 1981, I know some of what motivates this
pilgrimage to San Francisco. GLBT people are hungry for
acceptance and affirmation and for an opportunity to declare and
celebrate their long time committed relationships with their
partners. Many have suffered a lifetime of pain and rejection
from their own parents and families. Many have lost their jobs or
lost their families or careers because of their sexual orientation.
have endured "Ex-Gay" torment and bogus "treatments" to try to change
them. Many have been driven to attempt suicide because of
religious oppression, rejection and emotional abuse that they have
received in churches and from religious leaders.
have learned to hate themselves and sabotage their own lives because of
the misinformation and lies that they have accepted from churches and
from society. The misery and pain that this particular army has
endured is unimaginable. Some have had their own children taken
away from them and others have been driven from their own homes.
WHY GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE ARE COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO
people who are coming to San Francisco for this unprecedented event of
acceptance and affirmation are rejoicing in the chance to celebrate
their same-sex committed relationships in officially recognized and
sanctioned marriage. The actions of Mayor Gavin Newsom and the
staff at San Francisco City Hall are saying: "You are OK." You
are not evil or hated of God. You matter. Your loving
relationships are sacred and honored here. You have nothing to be
ashamed of in your love for your partner. We stand with you and
we honor your life, your love and your relationships.
is San Francisco the only place in the United States where these things
are being said and done openly and in clear defiance of homophobic
destructive traditions, laws, social customs, prejudices, religion and
politics? I and many others hope this is the beginning of a brave
new world of hope and self-esteem for the millions of GLBT people in
my website and book and in my appearance in the movie "One Nation Under
God" I quoted Dr. C. Everett Koop, former United States Surgeon
General, who traveled around the country to promote AIDS awareness,
prevention and treatment. He said that he used to go to church,
but in his travels to churches he realized we need a stronger word than
"homophobia" (fear of homosexuality). Dr. Koop said he had met
many pastors and church leaders who hated homosexuals so much that if
they had a button to push and destroy all GLBT people, they would
gladly push the button. We are not dealing so much with a fear of
homosexuality as with hate and anger towards homosexuals.
THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT
Bush this morning declared his concern and opposition to what San
Francisco is doing for same-sex couples. He criticized judges who
are trying to make new laws. Bush renewed his support for the
religious homophobic establishment and for discrimination and unfair
oppression of GLBT people. The push for a constitutional
amendment is going to be part of this presidential election
campaign. War is being declared on GLBT people of America. Events
this week in San Francisco are a battleground for the opening shots of
our own revolutionary war of liberation for life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.
Read again my update for this past Sunday. Decide were you stand and what you can do
to make a difference for yourself and your world. (See below.)
Read again the first section of my website on "Why This Site Is Here" and read all of the sections on
"The Ex-Gay Fraud"
Get a copy of my book and start your own local small group study,
dialogue and recovery in your own home.
MAKING THE TRUTH AVAILABLE
truth is still our greatest weapon against ignorance and
intolerance. Discrimination against GLBT people is based
primarily on misinformed distorted religion. The only effective
antidote for the homophobic plague is accurate believable
information. Get my website information to as many people as you
week I received a request from one of my readers in Brazil for
permission to translate my book into Portuguese and publish it.
Of course I gladly gave my permission. My book is being
translated into Chinese in Taiwan. Others have begun to translate
my book and website into Spanish and into Afrikaans.
me know if you are interested in translating part or all of my material
to make it more available where it is needed. I cannot do these
things, but perhaps you can.
am grateful for contributions that you have made to my Internet and
publishing ministry. More is needed. My job that has
provided money for me to give away hundreds of copies of my book and to
keep my website and Internet work going has recently been drastically
cut back. God will find a way to provide what I need. What
we are doing now is far too important to withdraw from battle or to
slack up in any way in our essential work of telling the truth, yet
with gentleness and respect.
my web site on "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" was published on
the Internet in September, 1997, it was the first site to give the kind
of information that I gave and was the first use of the term "Bible
Abuse" to refer to the abusive use of the Bible against people.
"Google" now lists over 450,000 web sites that refer to "bible abuse"
and my site is the first one in the list. God has placed us all
here for a purpose. Doors are open now that nobody can
shut. We have no choice but to go in and possess the land in the
power, love and truth of God.
The truth does indeed go marching on.
You are a vital part of this ongoing march for truth, human dignity, and freedom to love and freedom to live without
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004, two Superior Court Judges refuse to stop
San Francisco from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples:
Look at this story and click on the picture.
"GAY MARRIAGE IN SAN FRANCISCO"
Update for February 17, 2004
A NEW LEVEL OF GLBT ACTIVISM
week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom opened the way for same sex
couples to apply and receive marriage licenses then be married at City
Hall for the first time anywhere in the United States. This moved
our revolution to a new lever of public attention and challenge to the
homophobic social/religious/political system in America.
of couples have come to San Francisco from all over the United States
and several foreign countries in order to take advantage of this first
time offer. For the past two nights I drove by City Hall and saw
these hundreds of hopeful couples huddled under umbrellas and plastic
covers waiting all night in a driving rain for the opportunity to join
their lives in marriage. TV news also covered the event all day
and night and interviewed many of the waiting couples. I was
deeply moved by what I was seeing.
people in this new kind of activist demonstration looked just like the
many hundreds of gay and lesbian couples that I had joined in holy
unions when I was pastor of Golden Gate MCC in San Francisco 1990-1993
and MCC Nashville 1993-1996. In fact, when I resigned MCC
Nashville to go to care for my parents in South Carolina, I had to
cancel 17 holy unions that had already been scheduled.
THE OPPOSITION EMERGES
TV news in San Francisco has also given opportunity for a number of
radical conservative groups to express their prejudice and anti-gay
homophobia and air their bogus claims to save marriage and the home
from the evils of same-sex marriage. Much of what is happening
this week reminds me of similar develops in 1990 when I had become
Pastor of Golden Gate MCC in San Francisco and had begun to engage in
activism for "Domestic Partners" and for GLBT civil and human rights.
had the same kind of opposition in 1990 when for the first time
anywhere in the world, a local political city, county, state or country
approved of recognizing and respecting same-sex partnerships by a
popular vote of the citizens and not just by a city council or other
BUT WE WON
We won the election
for Domestic Partners in November 1990. In this election we also
elected Tom Ammiano to the School Board and Roberta Achtenberg and
Carol Migden to the Board of Supervisors, beginning the revolution that
has continued into the events of this past weekend and week. On
Valentine Day 1991, we celebrated the official registration of the
first couples as Domestic Partners in a powerful dramatic ceremony at
activists including myself made speeches and joined the cheers for
couples who walked down the bright red carpet on the main staircase to
the sounds of an enthusiastic band playing lively music of
celebration. See my material on this in my web site and
book. Later Mark Leno (now in the state assembly) was elected to
the Board of Supervisors and Harry Britt, who was appointed to the seat
of Harvey Milk when he was assassinated, continued his Board
service. These openly Gay and Lesbian leaders transformed the
image and political influence of GLBT people for the past ten years no
only in San Francisco but around the world.
Tom Ammiano served as President of the Board of Supervisors, he
sponsored and fought for legislation that would require any company
that did business with the City and County of San Francisco to offer
domestic partner benefits to their employees. United Airlines and
American Airlines refused to offer domestic partner benefits if they
continued to use San Francisco International Airport. Later, as a
result of the work of Tom and others, Both United and American Airlines
began to grant domestic partner benefits to all of their employees
worldwide! None of this progress has come easy. But it has
come. Now thousands of companies world wide give domestic partner
benefits to their employees who are in same-sex partnerships.
COURTS WILL DECIDE
growing list of countries already offers legal marriage to same-sex
couples. Respect for same-sex partnerships and continued
demolishing of the walls of prejudice, oppression and discrimination
against GLBT people is a great historical event that cannot be
stopped. Court challenges to same-sex marriage are already in
place to be addressed this week. Appeals will finally go to the
United States Supreme Court, where discrimination against people on the
basis of sexual orientation has already been declared unconstitutional
in the recent Texas "sodomy" case.
Click on these two links to see all of my web site material on same-sex marriage in the Bible. Follow
related links on my site to additional material:
Death Alone Shall Part Us
What Love Has Joined
Update added Nov. 23, 2003:
"THE TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE"
other GLBT issue has so captured the public attention as dramatically
as the current debate over same-sex marriage. Already today,
Sunday, I have seen several national talk shows discussing and debating
"Gay Marriage." My e-mail from individuals and from GLBT
newsletters is filled with the marriage issue. I can only guess
how many Sunday sermons today will be devoted to the proclamation of
ignorance and misinformation regarding sexual orientation and the issue
of GLBT marriage!
information is essential to your own understanding and to your ability
to help others understand the truth about marriage. You can make
a difference in the marriage debate only if you are armed with truth.
this public debate about same-sex marriage, you are hearing wildly
inaccurate statements about the history of marriage "for the last 5,000
years," that try to maintain that the current marriage forms and
prejudices have always been in place. The truth, however, is that
marriage for most of human history has been the ownership of women by
men, who could have as many wives as they were wealthy enough to
See below for a valuable factual analysis of the "biblical view of marriage" by my friend Cindy Scott.
friend, Christopher Hubble, recently published a new book on the
biblical story of David and Jonathan: "LORD GIVEN LOVERS: The Holy
Union of David & Jonathan", published 2003 by iUniverse, Inc.
Chris sent a review copy to me, and I repeat what he said about his
book in his letter to me:
Given Lovers: The Holy Union of David and Jonathan is a concise,
biblical response to the anti-gay religious movement. God
sanctifies same-sex relationships through the holy union of David and
redefined cultural and societal understanding of same-sex love derived
from and supported by the Bible – more specifically, a widespread
knowledge of the Holy Union of David and Jonathan – will have a
profound impact on the long-term success of the LGBT justice
movement. By exploring God's affirmation of a biblical, same-sex
relationship, Lord Given Lovers has enormous potential to positively
impact the lives of millions of LGBTQ readers. I feel privileged
to offer you this review copy and hope you enjoy reading it."
Christopher Hubble's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
new book builds on the older 1978 book by Tom Horner: "Jonathan Loved
David." See also links below to my web site material on David and
Jonathan and Ruth and Naomi. Go to my web site and click on
"SAME-SEX MARRIAGE" on my homepage, where you will also be directed to
the relevant biblical materials printed out in full.
Recent e-mail from Cindy Scott:
"IN DEFENSE OF BIBLICAL MARRIAGE"
Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: "Pray for the
President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of
marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles.
With many forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage,
pray that God's Word and His standards will be honored by our
Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team's admirable
goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely on biblical principles:
A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam
Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition
to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chronicles 11:21)
C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a
virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed (Deut 22:13-21)
D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh. 10:30)
Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the
constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be
construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)
If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the
widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does
not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise
punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut
In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is
required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he
had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old),
tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies
only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)
READ AND STUDY
carefully my web site material indicated below. When I see people
like Chris Matthews this morning on his talk show allowing his guests
to say unchallenged misinformation and factually untrue statements
while pretending to be fair and objective, I realize that we are up
against formidable forces of destruction and abuse even from people who
ordinarily are supportive of human rights and fairness.
issue of same-sex marriage is not going to go away. The mounting
frantic religious opposition to homosexuals and to homosexual marriages
is gaining ground. Do whatever you can to become adequately
informed yourself and pass on accurate information to anybody that you
think will listen. Share this update as widely as possible.
Thank you for what you are already doing to tell the truth that will set us free!
November 23, 2003
(See my web site material on Same-Sex Marriage above.)
"FEAR OF FREEDOM"
Update for October 5, 2003
FEAR AND THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE
based" attacks against GLBT people have accelerated in recent months in
the many political and religious movements being generated to defend
marriage against the freedom of homosexual couples to marry and enjoy
the legal protection and rights of other married partners. What
is the basis for this rising tide of religious fear of freedom of
homosexuals to marry?
kind of fear is motivating so many people to propose changing the
United States Constitution and most state constitutions to define
"marriage" as heterosexual and leave out same-sex couples? What
forces are driving so many leaders to write homophobia into the basic
system of national law and social practice? The acute fears that
lie behind this present plague of "homophobia" in America are based,
like most fears, in ignorance and misinformation. Legalistic
manipulative misinformed religion has emerged as the most abusive
social fear force in our culture.
other fears, homophobia is based on a distortion of factual information
and on a religion-based rejection of logical, objective, realistic,
practical thinking. For every ounce of accurate information
available today about homosexuality and homosexuals, tons of
intentionally distorted myths and misinformation are dumped into the
public media circus through the Internet, television, radio,
newspapers, magazines, sermons, mail-outs, books, pamphlets, and
millions of personal conversations. Families are being torn apart
by the fears that the ignorance explosion has unleashed upon our
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
receive a constant flow of e-mail letters in response to my web site
telling me what "the Bible says" that rejects and refutes my ministry
of liberation and self-acceptance for GLBT people. Can't anybody
see clearly that the Bible speaks with a multitude of contradictory and
confusing voices that are totally out of touch with today's world?
use of the Bible and religion to attack and destroy GLBT people is
based on incredible ignorance of the true meaning and nature of the
Bible. My web site deals in great detail with the destructive use
of biblical literalism and biblical misinformation. I have yet to
see any evidence that convinces me that I should change a single
statement in my web site and book to bring my work into line with the
distorted views of God and the world that legalistic fear-based
homophobic religionists ignore the multiple problems of language,
translation, cultural context and religious history as though God
personally dictated every item and every word in the Bible. The
verbal inspiration of every word in the Bible is an absurd myth that
has no basis whatever in the Bible itself. Abusive religion
existed in the time of Jesus, and the twenty-third chapter of the
Gospel According to Matthew eloquently and decisively gives the careful
remembered response of Jesus to fear based legalism.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
base homophobia and the denial of human freedom on the Bible and on the
Gospel of Jesus Christ is to recreate God in the homophobic image of
religious ignorance and to ignore the true freedom revolution that
Jesus set into motion.
Spirit of Jesus is clearly available and obvious in the Four
Gospels. The Fourth Gospel makes clear the presence and
availability of the Spirit of Jesus to guide, teach, inspire and
empower any follower of Jesus who has the good sense to let go of
traditional religion and follow Jesus instead of religion. Any
time you want a reminder of how the earliest followers of Jesus
understood what it means to do what Jesus would do, read John chapters
Jesus, the bottom line and final word is LOVE, not law or religious
authority. When I read the news reports that "some bishops oppose
gay rights and other bishops support gay rights" my question is, "What
is the basis for having bishops in the first place!" Jesus gave
no basis whatever for creating religious authorities to have spiritual
power over others. Jesus gave his Spirit to every individual and
expected each follower to follow Jesus, not some self-appointed expert
in the knowledge of God!
rejected and opposed all of the contemporary defenders of the honor of
God in his own time, and they in turn attacked and killed him.
The spirit of freedom, however, would not die, and the resurrection of
Jesus is the victory of freedom over oppression.
FIGHT WITH THE FACTS
the misinformed fundamentalists with the facts, not with anger and
resentment. Keep telling the truth, your personal truth. Do
you know who you really are? Discover and celebrate your own
truth about yourself. Come out to yourself and to your
world. GLBT people bring more positive changes to the world
simply by coming out than by anything else we can do.
The truth will indeed set you free.
and study all of my web site and become equipped with factual
information that is based on objective research instead of on religious
mythologies and speculations. Get a copy of my book to study and
share with others in a small group. There is no valid substitute
for accurate information.
forces of fear that are arrayed against us are busy with astounding
levels of financial support and media outlets. The use of
religion in America intentionally to distort the truth about GLBT
people and to sell fear is an emerging new industry that is growing
more militant and more successful every day. (See the web site
have the best weapon of all in the Spirit of Jesus. Follow the
real Jesus, not the tamed misrepresented Jesus that abusive religion
has harnessed to the creaking old wagon of misinformed homophobic
nonsense to try to compromise your freedom to be yourself. God
made you like you are. Honor God by being yourself in honesty and
Christianity" is an oxymoron! Christianity that really follows
Jesus is always revolutionary, never conservative. To bend every
effort to "conserve" the past is to abandon the exciting new creative
activity of God in every moment of every day. You are part of the
ongoing spiritual revolution that Jesus set into motion 2,000 years
ago. You don't live in the past. You live today a day at
the time. Faith looks to the past, hope looks to the future, but
love is now. Through the love that Jesus demonstrated and taught
and promised to give to you through the Spirit, you can be alive, free
and relevant today and every day one day at a time.
Freedom is a real threat to people who cannot accept themselves.
My August 22, 2003, update dealt with the "Homophobic Agenda" and reported on the new book on "The
Homosexual Agenda" published by Southern Baptists:
Here is the web site of
Alliance Defense Fund, which produced "The Homosexual Agenda" and A Response to the organization behind the book:
Click for Vermont GLBT Conference October 4, 2001, on "Religion, Sexual Orientation & the Law."
This material was added on September 3, 2001:
Good parents want their children, prepare for their children's birth
and learn everything they can about how to care for and educate their
children. Good parents provide the best possible loving, social,
physical, economic, educational and spiritual environment for their
children. Gay and Lesbian parents do all of this and more!
contrast, many heterosexual parents do not prepare for the birth of
children or even become partners until their child is conceived and
born. Same-sex couples always prepare long and carefully before
adopting a child. We live in a culture, however, where
grandparents are raising a majority of children in some sections of our
society because one or both of the heterosexual parents are unfit and
irresponsible or strung out on drugs or in prison.
heterosexual obviously does not automatically equip anybody to be a
good parent. Being homosexual also does not automatically
disqualify anybody from being a good parent. From my personal
observation, homosexual couples are more committed to the welfare of
their children than are most other people.
an MCC pastor and teacher for the past 20 years, I have known hundreds
of committed Lesbian and Gay couples that are raising their children
with love and encouragement that is a model of what a good home should
be. Being members of an oppressed minority causes gay parents to
be more sensitive and welcoming to unwanted minority babies and
Bragg in Nashville, Tennessee, is a former pastor of MCC Nashville that
I served from 1993-1996. Rod and his partner became the first gay
couple to receive a foster child in Tennessee. Their little boy
is an African American AIDS baby. Nobody else wanted him.
He was not expected to live very long.
He received excellent loving care and medical attention, however, and survived for many years. Finally, Rod
and his partner were the first gay couple in Tennessee to be allowed to adopt their foster son.
Bragg and his partner are not unique in our community. Many other
couples in many places have had similar experiences. The proof of
the quality of same-sex adoptive parents is obvious to all of us who
are informed about our people and who are not basing our opinions on
prejudice and ignorance.
of unwanted babies and children are waiting to be adopted by the many
loving same-sex couples that would love to be their parents. We
all are waiting for religious lies to be replaced by the truth and for
misinformation to be replaced by the facts. Minority babies and
children are dying because of the various bans against Gay and Lesbian
adoptions. The genocide of GLBT people is thereby extended to
include minority babies also.
GET THE FACTS
other day at Different Light Book Store in San Francisco, I was struck
by how many new books are being published by, for and about Gay
Parents. Check out the web sites related to Gay Parents.
See links below for just a few of the thousands of related web sites.
preachers and others who oppose same-sex adoptive parents simply are
ignorant of the facts and are basing their opposition on prejudice and
their own homophobic religious misinformation. Help to get
accurate reliable information to public officials and religious leaders
about this important issue. We cannot sit idly by while
homophobic misinformed religion holds hostage the freedom of Gay and
Lesbian adoptive parents and sabotages the welfare of the children who
will benefit from being adopted by committed same-sex loving couples.
CHILDREN ARE THE VICTIMS
people who suffer the most because of the homophobic religious ban on
gay adoptive parents are the many children who need and deserve good
loving homes. Multitudes of needy children are still without
parents because of misguided public opinion and unconstitutional
unrealistic "faith based" ignorant bans against gay adoptions like the
ones in Florida, Mississippi, and Utah.
abusive religion is the underlying cause for the suffering of these
often hard to place orphans and abandoned children. SHAME on the
religious people who are fighting for a share of the public money for
"Faith Based Services" when their own ignorance and prejudice cancel
them out as truly objective realistic providers of help to needy
children or to anybody else!
"Welcome the children and do not hinder them from coming to me;
For God includes them also." --Jesus in Matthew 19:14
Go to "Gay Adoption" on Yahoo! And click on "Web Page Matches" to see a list of 46,500
See: "Adoption Family Center"
(This site is a comprehensive listing of resources.)
Gay Adoption Mailing List
Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Resources
Proud Parenting magazine
Gay Parent magazine
(Both magazines give great resources.)
"Love Makes a Family exhibit"
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