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Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality Paperback – October 31, 2012
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I whole heartedly recommend this book, both for the religious and non-religious alike. Let its pages inspire you to question the majoritarian miss-use of the Divine for political purposes. And, allow its process to draw you out of complacency, challenging the propaganda of those loud bullies whose twisted measure of the Holy is exclusion, hate, objectification, and separation.
Rev. Houston Burnside, Jr.
The author does add additional chapters on subjects not often included in similar reviews, including a summary of harsh and condemning statements about homosexuals by "devout" Christians; a review of Biblical creation myths used to condemn or dismiss same-sex loving relationships; the love stories of David and Jonathan and Naomi and Ruth; an examination of the "family values" associated with Abraham, David, and Christ; and a review of the strong biblical support for slavery and how Christians justified using it. It was not until 1995 that the Southern Baptist Convention - which strongly supported slavery - issued an official statement and apology condemning the racism that grew out of the practice.
One significant error in the book is that in discussing Paul's statements in Romans 1:26-27, the author falls into the same interpretative trap that many Christians do, equating condemnation of specific sexual behaviors with condemnation of sexuality per se. The author does not readily recognize that Paul's statements ("God gave them up to degrading passions") are embedded in a lengthy rant against a return to idolatry and practices associated with it, including the sexual behaviors he references.Read more ›
What she doesn't mention, and perhaps should, is the mechanism which, generally during the eighth month of one's fetal existence, determines one's sexual orientation by the amount of estradiol present in the fetal brain. Strange as it may seem, the female hormone estradiol, if present in sufficient quantity, causes the development of a male brain pattern, which, at puberty, results in one being attracted to women; absence of estradiol in the brain at that time results in a female brain pattern, causing one to be attracted to men. The developing fetus produces a protein called alpha fetaprotein, which binds to estradiol and prevents it from crossing the blood-brain barrier, but the male hormone testosterone can cross, and the fetal brain produces an enzyme that causes testosterone to be converted to estradiol. So if the testes of a male fetus produce testosterone soon enough, which most do, or if he does not produce sufficient alpha fetaprotein, then when that male reaches puberty, he will be attracted to girls; if not, then he will be gay. Likewise, if a female fetus doesn't produce enough alpha fetaprotein, she will become a lesbian.
I know that I could not be sexually attracted to men even if I wanted to, nor could I choose not to be attracted to women. And I know that no one in his or her right mind would choose to become a second-class citizen by being attracted to the same sex if he or she could choose to be heterosexual.Read more ›
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So true. People that are holier than thy and cannot love. Jesus taught love and he did not exclude anyone. Great writing and reading.Published 16 months ago by M. T.
Concise, easy to read, and the title catches the attention of Christians who have been taught wrong but think they must be right. This one is getting passed around a lot.Published 20 months ago by Steve Harrington
Upon reading some of the recent reviews, I am compelled to weigh in with my two cents. As a woman who struggled with coming out, not only to myself but also to a religious family,... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by WaywardWoman
The Bible does not teach "hate" towards homosexuals. Nor does the Bible promote "homophobia". This book is a poor representation of what the Christian faith stands for, what... Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by HansPeter
I cannot urge everyone strongly enough to go out and buy a copy of this book.....and then throw this Satanic piece of garbage into the nearest fire. Or shredder.Published on June 2, 2012 by Pepper57
The reviewers here have more or less said everything I would have noted about Linda's very fine book. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Robert Heylmun
Linda Patterson brings to the table some very thorough research and quite a few insights that the average person has likely never considered. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by The Girl Next Door
This was a very interesting book. The author is a lawyer, so sometimes I got lost in her "lawyer speak" and occasionally had to go back and re-read things. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by S. Chilton
Linda has written a very thoughtful book, which is great reading for anyone who has heard any religious rhetoric to condemn not only homosexuality. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Doug67