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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 ›
"As discussed in chapter 4, Paul had an aversion to sex in general, regardless of who was involved. Instead of viewing sex as a gift from God/nature, he viewed it as something that should be avoided. And while Paul should not necessarily be blamed for failing to understand that homosexuality is natural, his ignorance is not an excuse for modern Christians. Just as it was irresponsible for Christians to persecute Galileo for contradicting erroneous claims throughout Scripture that the earth is flat and stationary, it is also irresponsible for them to persecute homosexual people by relying on Paul's antiquated beliefs regarding sexuality in general, and upon homosexuality in particular."
A very solid argument and one I'd never heard anyone use before! She really nailed it! And she does it again on the very next page!
"Perhaps those who believe that HIV/AIDS is God's punishment against homosexuality can explain why some 270,000 children under the age of 15 died of AIDS in 2007-more than 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Does God hate children? Especially impoverished children? Surely if God had intended to punish homosexual people with HIV/AIDS, he would have seen to it that its effects were so limited. Indeed, if the absurd argument of the homophobic fear-mongers is taken to its conclusion, then God must favor sex between women over all other types of sex, as sex between two women is the least likely to result in HIV/AIDS.Read more ›
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Linda Patterson has done a valuable service by debunking the prevalent misinterpretation of those passages in the Bible that are misused to support the false claim of divine... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by watzizname
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
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