As more countries and states legalize homosexual marriage, the nay-sayers seem to get more airtime. There are, occasionally, atheists and others trying to find secular arguments not to legalize it, but the vast majority are religious. And in places like the United States and Canada, the majority are from Christians quoting Romans or Leviticus, calling homosexual acts “abomination.”

As we saw in our reading of Leviticus 20, the anti-homosexual argument is definitely there. But what does it mean? I found this video with a very interesting discussion on the topic:

Just in case you can’t watch the video, there are two main points being made: The first is that context matters. The same section also forbids wearing clothes made of two kinds of cloth, eating bacon or shrimp, and planting two kinds of seed in a field – and deals with them all using the same language. We cannot be outraged by one and not the others (at least not if we’re claiming to base our opinions on the text) because the text does not make a distinction. The other main point is that the laws are about ritual purity, and therefore should not have any bearing on civil law.