Not sure which is worse: an editorial that wants to eliminate Christianity or one that doesn’t realize that it has done so.
Let me just get to the punchline:
Creech and Mitchell Gold, a prominent furniture maker and gay philanthropist, founded an advocacy group, Faith in America, which aims to mitigate the damage done to L.G.B.T. people by what it calls “religion-based bigotry.”
Gold told me that church leaders must be made “to take homosexuality off the sin list.”
His commandment is worthy — and warranted. All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they’re an offense.
This is not some radical blog. This is Frank Bruni being published in the New York Times.
That’s the agenda: “church leaders must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list.”
As Rob Dreher commented at the American Conservative,
Not “must be persuaded,” but “must be made.” Compelled. Forced. And not forced to change our behavior, but forced to change what we believe. Because You Must Approve.
There is really not much you can say in response to such insanity. The idea that this kind of thing should ever be remotely legal in America and pushed by “the newspaper of record” is beyond extreme. “Culture war” isn’t a metaphor anymore if this holds up.
And why does Bruni think church leaders must be made to change in this way? Simple. He’s decided that the Bible isn’t true. The Biblical authors didn’t understand that homosexuality was good, not bad. So that means we all have to live according to his “worthy” “commandment.”
He cites a typical apostate teacher who doesn’t believe the Bible, Matthew Vines:
Evaluating its sparse invocations of homosexuality, he notes that there wasn’t any awareness back then that same-sex attraction could be a fundamental part of a person’s identity, or that same-sex intimacy could be an expression of love within the context of a nurturing relationship.
“It was understood as a kind of excess, like drunkenness, that a person might engage in if they lost all control, not as a unique identity,” Vines told me, adding that Paul’s rejection of same-sex relations in Romans I was “akin to his rejection of drunkenness or his rejection of gluttony.”
Let’s just stop there. Are drunkenness and gluttony really never part of some people’s unique identity? There are people meeting in rooms saying “I’m an alcoholic” all over this country. And anyone who reads the book of Proverbs will know that this isn’t a modern problem. Heavy drinkers existed in the ancient world.
The point Bruni is dancing around is that he wants people to believe that homosexuality is a biologically in-built sexual preference. He doesn’t really say it plainly probably because he knows it isn’t true, just like many other homosexual scholars.
But the point here is that Bruni thinks he can simply make Christians change what they teach and believe. To change Christian teaching is to make it non-Christian teaching that is just posing. Bruni wants society to eliminate Christianity, and nothing he writes sounds like he is content to use persuasion.