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On July 1st, my daughter will turn 4. She is the sweetest thing. She dances in restaurants and tells you what kind of interpretive dance she is doing. She is funny and always making up songs. She is a fountain of cute. She will tell you she will be bigger when she turns 4. Trust me, she will melt your heart. 3 and 4 year-olds, of course, are not always fantastic. There are times when I want to smack her.( I don't, obviously.) But kids are like that.

But to shoot one is appalling.

To shoot one because you think he's gay: you,sir, are subhuman.

Peter Moses has issues being a weird polygamist cult leader and that child wasn't his; that was one of his issues.

I don't care about that.

This is what I do care about: when "Christian" pastors preach hate, someone is going to act on it. Was he in their seats? No, but just because this year there are 3 pastors who say homophobic things that I know of off the top of my head, calling for violence, this leads to someone getting hurt.

The problem is they are ignoring the Bible!

I can't explain it better than this: "For many centuries before Matthew and Luke wrote their Gospels, the Greek word pais was commonly used to refer to the younger partner in a same sex relationship. The younger partner was often an adult male but was sometimes a teenager. The use of pais in this social and historical context leads some to believe that the story of the Roman centurion and his pais in Matthew 8 and Luke 7 tells the real story of the day Jesus met and blessed a gay man." When you read the bible, one must understand that it was not written in English. This means someone has translated this. Not God, not Jesus, and not Paul. A human did it. An imperfect, flawed human. 

Every man has an agenda in what he does. Which brings up 2 important things, 1) If you are going to study the bible, you must not only learn the bible but Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic as well as history of ancent cultures to contextualize what is being said. This is also important for this creates a deeper understanding of words like "pais." 2) Jesus came because the Jewish leaders of his day added so many new laws that they created a bureacracy that is every Republican's wet dream. He challenged them on this and that, in part, that was why he was put to death. His message was "just forget all that. just love one another. that's what matters."

Next is Sodom and Gomorrah which I know I covered Sunday by calling Scott Walker a Sodomite. It is worth repeating: "The crime of your sister Sodom was pride, gluttony, arrogance, complacency" Ezekiel 16:48-50 to top it off, depending which translation you read, Genesis 19:5 says, "They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”" But that is a mistranslation, and probably one done on purpose. But this translation is closer to what the Hebrew said "And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”" and this compliments Ezekiel. 

What does this mean? God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because they were acting like Ayn Rand. Got that Paul Ryan?

Finally there is King David. He is known to have had eight wives and ten concubines and one husband. I don't know about you, but how many naked covenants do you make with someone of the same sex? How else could a simple sheep herder become king of Israel? By marriage.

As far as we know, Eddie was not one of King David's Concubines:

 

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