By now, you’ve probably heard about the minister in North Carolina who is calling for gays and lesbians to be put in concentration camps and starved to death. I can’t tell you how distressed I was to hear his words and to hear his church make approving noises. I couldn’t put into words the overwhelming desire I had to send him a bucket full of vomit and bile to be dumped on his hate-filled head. But such tactics tend not to be helpful, nor useful, nor do they achieve anything except get the sender a visit from the police. So, I sent a kinder and gentler missive.
Dear Pastor Worley,
I am dismayed to see a clean-shaven man preach about the inerrant Word of God as given in Leviticus. I am further disappointed to see a man who is wearing cotton and polyester (and possibly silk?) all at the same time preach about the inerrant Word of God as given in Leviticus.
Leviticus forbids the shaving of the beard and the wearing of different fabrics together. You are not allowed to pick and choose which verses in Leviticus to follow if you are going to try to force the rest of us to follow any of them.
In loving kindness,
Or, I could have just said what Roy Zimmerman does in this song:
“What does Leviticus have to say? Yeah, what does it say about being Gay? To lie with a man is an abomination — like cursing your parents, trimming your beard, planting wheat and barley in the same furrow, eating pork, wearing polyester, and masturbation.
And what did Jesus have to say? Yeah, what did He say about being Gay? Well, nothin’”