Thursday, 21 September 2017
Violence against homosexuals is not new.
In Australia there was a tradition among men of poofter bashing before the gay liberation movement of the 1970s.
Many, especially those of the older generation, still harbor these views.
This is why the Church, which is made up of mostly older generations, is so slow to change.
Resistance from homophobic elements within the Church slows down any progress.
And a reluctance to question the authority of the writings of St. Paul only adds to the problem.
St. Paul's writings on sex and homosexuality are ill-informed, ignorant, and perverse.
We would do better to follow the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus made no mention of homosexuality at all.
And his inclusive approach would indicate that he would not be homophobic in his views.
Homosexuality is love.
And as love it is part of God.
We would do well to recognize this.
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