Letter: Some certainties aren't so absolute
Monday, May 21, 2012
In a May 12 letter, "Sign petitions to defend marriage," Red Warren, "a believer in the Bible," made his case for signing petitions to outlaw same-sex marriage in Washington state. Warren claims to "speak the truth" regarding "marriage as God ordained it," a "truth" nowhere explicitly stated in the Bible.
However, the separation of religion and government is addressed in the U.S. Constitution. Churches that endorse through any political candidate or try to influence legislative action can and should have their 501(c)3 tax exemption status revoked.
Where did Warren find his "eternal truths"? I wouldn't look to the Bible, which is filled with contradictions and absurdities, not to mention some of the most salacious writings ever printed.
I suggest readers check http://skepticsannotatedbible.com to verify my statement. For example, how the polygamist David, of Goliath fame, purchased his first wife is something too disgusting to print in a family newspaper.
Leviticus is often reference for the damnation of homosexuals. But Leviticus, like much of the Bible, contradicts itself. Leviticus 19:18 states "but you shall love thy neighbor as thyself." This may be the most moral statement in the whole of the Old Testament. Pay attention to that and the rest becomes irrelevant, including Warren's (groundless) absolute certainties.
Robert B. Goodsell