Posts tagged ‘BIBLE’

June 12, 2012

When the Church Fails Its Women: 7 Truths We Need to Tell About Creflo Dollar, Black Daughters and Violence

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I walked out of church in the middle of service. I grew up in church; my stepfather of 15 years is a pastor; as recently as 2009, I led a ministry team  at one of Atlanta’s Baptist megachurches. Thus, my choice to get up and walk out while the pastor was speaking defied every notion of decorum I have ever been taught.

But when he stood to express his unequivocal support for Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar who was arrested late last week for committing simple battery and cruelty to a child on his fifteen year old daughter, I had to go. 

I have struggled in recent years to reconcile my long-standing faith, to my relatively more recent feminist commitments. And it is precisely because of the Black Church’s continued willingness to advocate problematic, violent, hierarchical stances against women and gay people that I continue to struggle.

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March 9, 2012

13 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality (That You’re Probably Guilty Of Doing)

Late last week Kirk Cameron gave a now infamous interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight” during which he discussed his feelings about homosexuality and marriage equality.

Cameron, a “devoted follower of Jesus Christ,” stated that homosexuality is “unnatural… I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” He added, “Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve — one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage.”

This isn’t the first time that the Bible has been used to justify anti-gay rhetoric.

When claiming that the Bible forbids homosexuality, most people point to Leviticus 18:22 which reads, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.”

But others have argued that the passage is merely one of many archaic religious laws that are no longer relevant to today’s modern times and do not need to be upheld.

Below are 13 other things that the Bible forbids. How many are you guilty of doing?

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