Wait, it says WHAT?

Posted: 8 June 2009 in civil rights, human rights, religion

That tired old line in the Bible that fundies like to whip out when they condemn TEH GAY is “it’s abomination!”  Point out where it also calls shellfish abomination, and they sputter.  Some of them, however, are just smart enough to find the verse that says that shrimp cocktail is A-OK.  So, here’s a neat little refresher:

Leviticus 11:10-11 says that GOD HATES SHRIMP:

And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

Now, in Acts 10:14-15, God decides that he’s going to buy stock in Red Lobster at some point, so he needs to make shellfish… ahem… kosher:

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

That’s right, God says what is clean and what is unclean.  Now, back to Leviticus, where he’s pretty explicit about his feelings on two men having vaginal intercourse with each other.  You’d think that God would understand anatomy a bit better, what with having created us from dust and ribs.

Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Now, back to Acts for some context.  Peter has been getting letters from this Roman asking him to come down and preach, but Peter is all “nope, Romans are filthy, and I don’t deal with filthy things.”  But God just told him that not all things are filthy just because Leviticus says they are.  In fact, God says “you don’t get to make the call as to who is clean or unclean, you just get to go where I tell you to go.”

Acts 10:28 “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”

So, the next time some fundie with a big brain tries to lay Acts 10:14 on you in response to Leviticus 11:10-11, you tell them to keep reading until they get to Acts 10:28.  And then ask them how exactly one man has vaginal intercourse with another man.

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