Monday, May 6, 2013

A Bible Verse the Right Does Not Quote

Like the photo says, this is a verse you will not hear quoted by Republicans/conservatives, especially those in elected office. It is particularly interesting that the verse comes from the book of Leviticus. This is the selfsame book that these same GOP politicians use to excuse their opposition to LGBT equality. That particular verse is in chapter 18. Yet one chapter later is this verse which they categorically ignore, saying that we should make life for illegal immigrants here in America so bad that they self-deport. This is yet another example of theocratic hypocrisy, cherry-picking from the Bible on one issue while ignoring the Bible when it does not jive with their opinion. You can not have it both ways. The Bible condemns many things (like shellfish) and no one thinks twice about it. The Bible also upholds somethings (like stoning a woman to death if she is not a virgin when she is married) that we as a society find absolutely reprehensible. This is why someone using the Bible as the sole justification for supporting/condemning a given policy does not hold up to scrutiny. The Bible is good for some things, but creating legislation for a locality, state, or a pluralistic, diverse nation is definitely not one of them.

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