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[Dan Savage] Source: LYBIO.net
The Bible, weâ€™ll just talk about the Bible for a second ah. People often point out that they canâ€™t help it – they canâ€™t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.
We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people. [applause] The same way, the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. [applause] We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during the Civil War and justified it. The shortest book in the New Testament is a letter from Paul to a Christian slave owner about owning his Christian slave. And Paul doesnâ€™t say “Christians donâ€™t own people.” Paul talks about how Christians own people.
We ignore what the Bible says about slavery, because the Bible got slavery wrong. Tim â€” ah, Sam Harris, in A Letter To A Christian Nation, points out that the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong. Slavery! Whatâ€™re the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? 100% percent.
The Bible says that if your daughterâ€™s not a virgin on her wedding night – if a woman isnâ€™t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her fatherâ€™s doorstep and stoned to death. Callista Gingrich lives. [applause] And there is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding night if theyâ€™re not virgins. At least not yet. We donâ€™t know where the GOP is going these days. [audience laughs]
People are dying because people canâ€™t clear this one last hurdle. They canâ€™t get past this one last thing in the Bible about homosexuality, um.
One other thing I wanna talk about is â€” [chuckles] â€” so, you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now, because Iâ€™m done beating up the Bible. [applause]
Itâ€™s funny, as someone whoâ€™s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back. [applause]
[Dan Savage] Source: LYBIO.net
I apologize if I hurt anyoneâ€™s feelings, but I have a right to defend myself. And to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible, and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.
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