It seems another Fox News host has stepped off the reservation and said something the wingnuts don’t like. They don’t like it because it’s true, of course, but they’re making lots of absurd and inconsistent arguments against what she said anyway. Here’s what Megyn Kelly said during an interview on anti-gay discrimination with Robert Jeffress of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“This country has a long history of discrimination against certain groups. Eventually we wind up getting it right. Right? Against women, against blacks, the civil rights movement and so on. And in justifying that discrimination when it was in place, some folks turn to the Bible and turn to their religious beliefs and said we have to have slavery because it’s in the Bible. Women have to be second-class citizens because that’s in the Bible. Blacks and whites can’t get married because that’s in the Bible. That wound up in a case. A judge wrote that in an opinion, which the Supreme Court ultimately struck that down, saying that’s not right, judge, because of the equal rights clause. What’s the difference with gay marriage?”
All of that is true, of course. Every single civil rights advance in this nation’s history has been strongly opposed by Christian conservatives and in every case they cited the Bible in support of that opposition. Now here come the absurd arguments:
While Jeffress answered the question, he did not address the premise: The Bible nowhere suggests blacks and whites cannot get married. In fact, there are examples of blacks and whites marrying in the Bible – from Abraham to Solomon. It is believed that Abraham’s wife, Jokshan was black because she gave birth to Sheba, who was the mother to Ethiopia. Among Solomon’s 700 wives were some from far-off lands in Africa as well.
Well isn’t that convenient? When you point out that Solomon had 700 wives and God never bothered to condemn him for it, thus showing that God was okay with polygamy, Farah would no doubt be quite upset with you and say, “The Bible only shows that polygamy exists, not that God thought it was okay!” But here he argues that the mere fact that there were interracial marriages in the Bible shows that God thought it was okay. Heads he wins, tails rationality loses.
But he’s just getting started.
“To say that Leviticus justified slavery as it is known today in many countries of the world, including some ruled by kings who Obama bows before, is an absurdity,” Farah wrote. “In fact, all of the passages of Leviticus dealing with slavery place rather strict limits on it. Slavery among the children of Israel meant something entirely different from what it means in the Islamic world today or what it meant in America in the 18th and 19th century. Life as a slave in ancient Israel was far better than life today in North Korea or many other Communist societies where citizens are slaves to the state. Leviticus recognized slaves as human beings with rights, not mere chattel. Slavery was designed to pay a debt. It was more akin to indentured servitude. Once the debt was paid, the person was free. This was not the case in Egypt or the rest of the world at the time of Moses.”
He’s lying, of course. The Bible has two different types of slavery. Yes, there were slaves who were bondservants paying off a debt. That applied to their fellow Israelites. And then there were real slaves, which God commands them to take “from the nations around you.” Those slaves were not freed once a debt was paid, they were handed down from generation to generation as property. And the rules for those slaves were almost non-existent. The only thing the owner could not do to them was kill them, but they could beat them to within an inch of their lives and that was fine. All of this is prescribed directly from God, according to the Old Testament.
Update: The Worldnutdaily has pulled the article and issued an apology to Kelly:
On further examination, it’s clear that Ms. Kelly wasn’t representing such views as being her own, but was summarizing the views of others – including a Virginia judge – who in the past have cited the Bible in their attempts to justify slavery, the subjugation of women and the prohibition of interracial marriage.
WND sincerely apologizes to Ms. Kelly and has deleted the article from our archives. We also thank the many readers who took the time to point out the problems with the article.
But that doesn’t change the outlet’s absurd and irrational reaction to those claims, which remain quite false.