(Not The Onion) Pork Isn’t A Sin Because You Can Stick It In A Fridge, Unlike Being Gay

For as long as there have been Christians using the Old Testament to justify their homophobia, there have been people pointing out their hypocrisy. Leviticus does contain two verses that could (if read literally) lead one to believe that God isn’t fond of gay sex:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination,” (Leviticus 18:22) and “If a man lie with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

Leviticus doesn’t just hate the gays, though. Pork and shellfish are also an “abomination.”

One Oklahoma pastor, James Taylor (not the 60s folk singer) feels he has the answer to the perceived hypocrisy: refrigeration. Apparently because pork can be refrigerated and gay people can’t (or something like that), it’s no longer a sin to eat bacon. It is Christians who advocate for LGBT rights, Taylor says, who “pick and choose” what parts of the Bible they follow. In an interview with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Taylor said (from Right Wing Watch):

LaBarbera: The first thing on the pink sheet says, it takes Leviticus 18:22, ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination,’ Leviticus 20:13, ‘If a man lies with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they should be put to death.’ The analysis put forth by this Kathy McCallie of the Church of the Open Arms said that ‘these verses are part of a law code listing this that are forbidden, however, according to Leviticus it is also sinful to eat pork, shrimp, clams or oysters, these texts cannot be used to condemn homosexual behavior unless one is prepared to condemn all these behaviors.’ So they are trying to mix that in, comment on that James. (sic)

Taylor: There’s a couple problems with that. Some things are cultural and there are also some things that have happened now in terms of refrigeration and health concerns and those are some of those things that are there. But the reality is it doesn’t change the fact that God has said a man shall not lie with a male like a woman and vice versa and he uses the word abomination, which is the strongest word in the Bible for hate that you can come across. So that’s the problem, they want to pick and choose what they want to have and then to dismiss it as this isn’t what the Bible says, it’s foolishness. (sic)

Of course, if one were to acknowledge that the Bible was written for its time, it should be noted that during Leviticus’ times, populating the planet with (you got it) more Jewish people was a priority. I think things have changed a bit there, at least for people like Taylor. Perhaps that’s why non-procreative sex was such an “abomination.”

There was no mention of the fact that Leviticus also calls the mixing of fabrics an abomination.

Screen-Shot-2012-12-27-at-6.14.13-PM Wendy Gittleson is a seasoned writer, a dog lover and an avid political junkie. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. In her rare down times, you’ll find her somewhere in the mountains or near the beach. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson