Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Thank You for Reinforcing Stereotypes

As performed by the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool.

A senior bishop appears to have performed a complete U-turn by suggesting the Bible might sanction same-sex relationships.

Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, claims in a new book that the bond between Jesus and John the Disciple, as well between David and Jonathan, are possible examples of close relationships between two men.......

In the book, A Fallible Church, Bishop Jones calls for Anglicans to "acknowledge the authoritative biblical examples of love between two people of the same gender most notably in the relationship of Jesus and his beloved [John] and David and Jonathan."

Referring to the Theology of Friendship report, he discusses John "leaning against the bosom, breast, chest of Jesus".

The Bishop also describes an "emotional, spiritual and even physical friendship" between David and Jonathan, who appear in the Old Testament books of Samuel.

When Jonathan, the son of Saul, King of Israel, first meets David after he slays Goliath against the odds, the Bible describes him as being immediately struck by the young man.

It reads: "And it came to pass, when he [David] had made an end to speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him with his own soul."

It's been roughly a year since the gay community's snit fit over a Snickers ad that made fun of two men believing that they had to prove their masculinity after inadvertently kissing, as if doing so automatically made one "gay".

Now we have an Anglican Bishop trying to say that Scripture sanctions same-sex relationships based on the theory that men who have close friendships or physical contact with members of the same sex are gay or bisexual.

No one anywhere is saying that two men are incapable of having a deep and abiding love for each other. But just because you love someone doesn't mean that you have sex with them.

I can't figure out whether this guy is so clueless that he doesn't realize that....or honestly believes that men can only love that with which they have sex.

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