Right wing star du jour Ben Carson went on James Dobson’s radio show and they had a conversation about pastors who aren’t sufficiently anti-gay for them. Carson says they’re “really going pretty deep into the finger-in-your-eye to God.”
Carson: I find it difficult sometimes to understand why ministers are willing to abandon the scripture to go along and get along. I just find that very puzzling.
Dobson: I do too, especially on the issue of gay marriage. There are many, many formerly conservative big-time ministers — I mean those who have big churches and great influence — who have abandoned that.
Carson: They’ve been beaten into submission.
Dobson: If they’re right to do this today, were they wrong yesterday?
Carson: The bigger issue is, of course, if you can say the Bible is wrong on that, then, you know, why isn’t it wrong on everything, or anything that you don’t want it to say?
Dobson: I have been on a crusade to say to many ministers, and I’ll say it again now, that if men can marry and if the things that are said about same-sex relationships and marriage and the Bible are misunderstandings, what do you do with the rest of LGBT? What do you do with bisexuality? If one of those is right and proper and holy, what about those who have sex with males and females at the same time? That’s called orgies, that’s what it used to be called, or just sleeping around with everybody and it doesn’t matter. How can a Christian minister who reads the Bible condone that?Carson: Well, you know, my emphasis is that marriage is an institution established by God himself. And when you look in the New Testament, the marriage relationship is used to help us understand His relationship with His people. So when you start distorting that, you’re really going pretty deep into the finger-in-your-eye to God. That’s why I have a hard time understanding why ministers are willing to do that.
What I find amusing about that is how they pretend that Christianity hasn’t done this before, completely reinterpreted what was viewed as undeniable truth for centuries prior to that. They did it with slavery, with religious freedom, with women’s rights (though there are still holdouts for the old positions on all of those things). And a large portion of them will do it again with the gay thing. And then they’ll treat that as the unalterable status quo until the next shift comes along.
It’s kind of Orwellian, really. Just as we have always been at war with Eastasia, they’ve always been on the side of whatever shift they’ve recently made.