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Now that George Dubya and his fundamentalist cronies want to amend the U.S. constitution to outlaw gay marriage and enshrine biblically-defined marriage as law, let’s assume that he’s going to legislate for the following biblical passages:
- Marriage is the union between a man and one or more women – Gen 29:17 -28, 2Sam 3:2-5
- Marriage still allows a man to have concubines – 2Sam 5:13, 1Kings 11:3, 2Chron 11:21
- A marriage is only valid if the wife is a virgin. Otherwise, she must be executed. – Deut 22:13 – 21
- If a married man dies without children, his brother must marry the widow. If he refuses, he must be killed or pay a forfeit of one shoe – Gen 38:6-10, Deut 25:5-10
My point? The the fundamentalist christians/ jews/ moslems / hindus/ wiccans have a right to believe whatever they want. But attempts to codify ancient legends into law seem invariably to create idyllic theocracies like Inquisition Spain, Savonarola’s Florence and modern-day Iran and Saudi Arabia. If you must believe in a God that is capable of creating the whole universe but yet is obsessed with what consenting adults do with their genitals, please do it privately: I don’t want my kids to think that kind of thing is normal or healthy.