The issue is never what the Bible says; it's what the readers say it says. Each side should admit that there is a world of difference between insisting on knowing what God thinks and making a good faith effort at acting in light of what one believes God asks of them
Posted by Brad Hirschfield, on December 15, 2008 3:21 PM
Marriage--gay or heterosexual--should be a right available to every citizen, but never a legal act, ritual, or formal ceremony that any house of worship, denomination, or religious leader should be required to perform in contradiction to their beliefs.
Posted by Welton Gaddy, on December 15, 2008 2:51 PM
It may be a radical reading to use the Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet to justify gay marriage, but to me it is the only one which upholds the fundamental Islamic ideals of fairness, equality of all human beings, compassion and mercy.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on December 14, 2008 11:38 AM
Miller interprets the Bible the way many Christians do--seriously, but not literally. She reminds us that using a text or string of texts to prove a point only proves one point: that the advocate or community brings a presumption about God or the Bible or Christianity to bear on the text.
Posted by William Tully, on December 14, 2008 10:18 AM
Faith-based arguments on behalf of gay marriage actually give aid and comfort to the sort of right-wing religious groups that threw volunteers and huge amounts of money into the California battle over Proposition 8, because they legitimize the idea that religious belief is a proper test for determining legal rights.
Posted by Susan Jacoby, on December 11, 2008 2:02 PM
Everyone simply brings their religious views and their scriptural passages to prove, legitimate, and affirm their already held political and psychological positions. This is religion as apologetics and proof texting.
Posted by Irwin Kula, on December 11, 2008 12:54 PM
Nowhere in the Bible is homosexual activity praised or advocated. The only mentions of it condemn the practice. On the other hand, the Bible has plenty to say about the marriage of one man to one woman.
Posted by Charles "Chuck" Colson, on December 10, 2008 11:00 PM
Newsweek offers a revisionist argument for the acceptance of same-sex marriage. But it is not a thin extreme of fundamentalist Christians who stand opposed to same-sex marriage -- it is the vast majority of Christian churches and denominations worldwide.
Posted by R. Albert Mohler Jr., on December 9, 2008 2:13 PM
The drama and pathos that has erupted over gay marriage is not because the Bible endorses heterosexual relationships as the norm. It has erupted because there has been a veil of "nastiness" attendant to sexuality, whether straight or gay.
Posted by Susan K. Smith, on December 9, 2008 1:56 PM
Let us debate about sex and marriage rather than war and violence. Let us concentrate on the bed-room rather than the war-room. Let us liberals get trapped--as always--on the right side of the wrong question. Does that distraction happen just by chance?
Posted by John Dominic Crossan, on December 9, 2008 12:24 PM