In recent Olyblog conversations about gay marriage, homophobia, etc, there have been a number of comments that suggest that homophobia may be rooted in the Christian religion. These comments make me nervous.
Here's the truth, folks: THE BIBLE HAS NOTHING AT ALL TO SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. Nothing. Zip, zero, nada.
There are a number of passages that rightwingers use to justify their hatred. I'll go through them one by one.
"Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve"-
Bigots often refer to the opening chapters of Genesis as a suggestion that heterosexuality is the only natural form of sexuality. This is plain flawed logic. Genesis pairs Adam and Eve, but does not condemn homosexual relationships. The Adam and Eve story is silent on the matter.
"Sodom & Gomorrah"-
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is often used by gay-bashers. In this story, God tells Abraham that he has condemned these cities for their wickedness. God sends two angels in to test the city. Lot invites them home, and the townspeople try to attack them. The nature of the attack can probably be assumed to be sexual in nature, although the scripture actually isn't super clear on this. The angels save Lot and his family, who are sent out of town while God burns the city.