At least that’s what many so-called “Christians” want us to think. In an article on Huffington Post Religion, Kristen Howerton claims that linking homosexuality to bestiality is not representative of Christian values and states:
Now, regarding the idea that Phil is being persecuted for his faith — I think it’s really important to look at what he actually said rather than jumping on a bandwagon of religious persecution. I don’t believe that Phil was suspended for his faith. Phil has been preaching Christian values for a long time. . . . He and his family have been incredibly vocal about their Christian beliefs, both on the show and in countless interviews. His vocal views about his faith have never put him in jeopardy of losing his job and I would argue that this is still the case. It’s not a belief in Jesus Christ that got him into hot water. It’s the way he framed homosexuality as a societal ill and LIKENED IT TO BESTIALITY (emphasis is in the original article).
The specific comments Howerton was referring to are:
Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine… Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.
Howerton is not alone in her position. On the CNN show that bears his name, Piers Morgan, another self-professed Christian, argued that Robertson’s linking of homosexuality and bestiality was “bigoted”.
When I hear arguments like these (these are just two examples of many) I immediately wondered if these people have ever read the Bible upon which the faith they claim is based. The linking of homosexuality and bestiality that so offends those like Howerton and Morgan originates in the Law of Moses:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. (Leviticus 18:22, 23 NKJV)
God prohibits homosexuality in one verse, and in the very next verse he also prohibits bestiality. My question to Kristen Howerton is this: Is the God of your Bible unchristian? Is Moses, THE patriarch of both Judaism and Christianity contrary to “Christian values”? To Piers Morgan I ask, is the God of the Christian Bible a bigot because he linked homosexuality and bestiality?
Howerton is not just annoyed at Robertson’s equation of homosexuality and bestiality, she also takes issue with what is essentially a basic lesson in human anatomy from Robertson:
To me, this moves from talking about personal views into homophobic territory. But there’s more:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
To reduce a person’s sexuality to an oversimplified and graphic question of where to put the penis is dismissive and homophobic. And honestly, I don’t think it represents most Christians’ views on homosexuality. Even most conservative Christians believe that same-sex sexual attraction is not a sin in and of itself. But Phil depicts gay people as deviant, and that’s a big problem. And if his words above represent “Christian values” then we need to have another look at Jesus.
Let me get this straight, to talk about God’s design of human beings and the reality of the anatomical differences between men and women is “dismissive and homophobic” and “depict[ing] gay people as deviant . . . [is] a big problem”? Perhaps Howerton needs to have another look at her Bible (assuming she owns one).
In the book of Romans Paul makes a statement that Howerton would define as “dismissive and homophobic”:
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26, 27 NKJV)
Kristen, is Paul’s depiction of gay people as deviant also a “big problem” for you? Are Paul’s words misrepresentative of “Christian values”? Do you think Paul needs to have another look at Jesus?
If Robertson views of homosexuality represent the positions of the Bible, and if self-proclaimed Christians Howerton and Morgan are correct and Robertson is wrong, then the Bible is also wrong. If the logic of Howerton and Morgan is to be followed, then the Bible is not to be followed. If Howerton and Morgan’s position are representative of Christian values, then the Bible does not represent Christian values. If all of the above is true, then homosexuality is indeed not a sin and neither is bestiality…oh…and two and two make five.