Lisa Miller wrote up a defense of same-sex marriage from the Biblical perspective in Newsweek earlier this week that I haven't had a chance to link to. It's a lot of the same arguments that queer, Christian and Jewish theologians have been making for a while, but presented in a mainstream, Serious Publication. So it got some attention, and is worth the read if you're not familiar with those arguments.
Today Jim Burroway over at Box Turtle Bulletin has excerpts from just a few of the fundies who are pissed off at this article. And you all probably already know what I'm thinking: if these folks are getting their collective panties in a bunch over this, then it's probably the right direction to be going in.
Here's what Peter LaBarbera had to say:
At right is a Newsweek graphic for its new, scandalous hit piece in support of homosexual "marriage." It appears the magazine's Religion Editor, Lisa Miller, is now a theological expert -- declaring that -- contrary to 2,000 years of Church history -- the Word of God actually supports homosexual "love" and thus same-sex "marriages." Albert Mohler takes Miller's piece apart HERE. Readers might also check out Professor Rob Gagnon's website to learn what the Bible really says about homosexual practice.
American liberal media bias is out of control. Somebody get Newsweek's religion editor, Lisa Miller, a job with the "gay christian" (small "c") activist group Soulforce, where she belongs. Kudos to Albert Mohler for refuting her nonsense. And once again, American Family Association (AFA) provides a valuable service by helping Americans confront liberal media bias -- in this case, Miller's embarrassing attempt t0 make a Biblical case for sodomy-based "marriage."
Yes, the same publication that pushed the "Larry King did it to himself by being so femmy" meme and eHarmony's fundie science on same-sex relationships (same writer!) is obviously in the back pocket of the homosexual agenda. Then again, if everyone less homophobic than Peter LaBarbera joined up with SoulForce, well, er... well, SoulForce would be the first LGBT nonprofit with 99% of the population in its ranks.
Here's the Concerned Women for America:
It would be a major undertaking to identify all the ways in which the article is Biblically inaccurate or theologically distorted. From beginning to end the article is an embarrassment for Newsweek and unworthy of any national publication of merit. We could begin with the fact that the Bible is quite clear about the relationship that constitutes marriage - the New Testament even compares the relationship between a husband and wife to the relationship between Christ and His Church.
Could the fact that they're pissed off mean that they realize it's a good argument?
For years they've tried to push a "secular" argument against same-sex marriage - the definition of marriage is "one man/one woman," children are better off with opposite sex parents, society will crumble if the fundamental unit of the heterosexual, nuclear family is diminished (so I guess society has already crumbled?).
But, really, what's been motivating them is that feeling of "ick," their knowledge that the oppression of women would be harder to enforce with legally recognized families that defy heterosexual norms, and a general cultural unease around sexuality (especially sodomy). Then they wrap these feelings in their religions to justify their baser motives to themselves
Later, the media savvy of the bunch made up lame secular arguments that don't hold up to the scrutiny of a fourth-grader's logic. But that's where we often get stuck and get lost, since it's a red herring for the most part. What we need to be responding to is their justification narrative for all those negative feelings: religion.
Jim has a few other fundie responses, and they're worth reading, for humor value if nothing else. When we start responding on Biblical grounds, their heads explode. That's a good sign that it's a good direction to go in.