Calling homosexual action sin, is to some, Christian hate speech. The Apostle Paul said:
"1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" [Romans 1:26-28]
But this is not just Christian hate speech, it must be Judeo Christian hate speech because we also have:
"18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. " [Leviticus 18:22-25]
Not to mention the story of Sodom, from whence we get the term “Sodomy" which predates the term “gay" by some three thousand plus years:
"18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. "
"19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. " [Genesis 18:20-21, 19:24-25]
(The full quote is not given as it goes from Genesis 18:16 through 19:29. )
But then again we have to add to the phrase “Judeo Christian" to also include the Moslems because the Koran says:
"46 He said: ‘O my nation! Why do you hasten in evil before good? Why don't you ask Allah for forgiveness so that you: you may be showered mercy ?’ 47 They said: ‘We augured ill omen from you and whoever is with you. ’ He said: ‘Your (belief about) ill omen is (under record) with Allah; nay, you are a people put under test and trial. ’ 48 And there were in the city nine bands of men: they create mischief in the land and do not indulge in (any) reform. 49 They said: ‘Swear one to another by Allah that we shall make a secret night attack on him and his household; afterwards we will surely say to his heir-attorney: We witnessed not the slaying place of his household and verily, we are surely those who tell the truth. ’ 50 And they devised a plot and We planned an stratagem while they perceive (it) not. 51 Then see how was the final end of their plot that We destroyed them and their nation, all together. 52 So these are their houses in utter ruin as they transgressed. Surely, in this is indeed a lesson for a nation who know. 53 And We rescued those who Believed and used to obey (Allah). 54 And (bring to mind) Lout/Lot when he said to his nation: ‘Do you indulge in Al-Fahishah while you see (the evil aspect thereof)? 55 Is it (that) surely you people indeed approach men in *** lust instead of women? Nay, you are a nation: you behave senselessly. ’ 56 So there was no answer from his nation except that they said: ‘Drive out the family of Lout/Lot from your town. Verily, they are humans who remain clean and sanctified. ’ 57 So We saved him and his household except his wife. We destined her to be of those who buried themselves under dust and debris. 58 And We rained down over them a rain (of stones). So evil became the rain cast over those who were warned (in advance). 59 Say: ‘Selective Praise suits Allah (Alone), and peace be upon His Ibad whom He selected and chose (for His Message). Is Allah better, or (all) that they ascribe as partners (to Allah)?’ 60 Is That One Who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you water from towards the sky (better or other gods)? So We brought forth therewith orchards full of beauty and delight. It is not for you that you may grow the trees thereof. Is there any ilah (god) along with Allah? Nay, they are a nation who ascribe equals (to Him)!" [Surah 27:An-Naml (The Ant) Ayat Numbers: 46-60]
(Sorry but I did not know exactly how to shorten that. )
This may have lost quit a bit in translation but it is clearly speaking about the same events which were mentioned in Genesis above.
But actually, I would not include Christian in describing the speech as hate speech because of the remedies prescribed.
The Old Testament specifies “stoning" as the punishment. That is not just throwing stones at someone who is running away. It is big stones thrown right on top of the person until that person dies.
I believe the Moslem punishment is somewhat harsher. Unlike the Jews, the Moslem countries still cling to the “old ways" when it comes to punishment.
But the Christian remedy is repentance. Not “repent and then I run a sword through you". It is that when you repent you get forgiven.
So actually, Christian speech against any sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman, is love speech. It is intended to restore the individual to conformity to God's laws and nature's laws.
And the Christian does not “force" repentance. The Christian leaves judgement up to God. The Christian's only obligation is to warn. After that, it is entirely up to the individual whether to repent or not. No stoning. No earthly punishment at all.
But a Christian could, of course, petition government for laws prohibiting such actions but that would not fall under any type of religious speech. That would be political speech and that is protected, absolutely!
Doug Johnson has been writing and online publishing Christian and Social Conservative articles since the 1990's on http://www.independentchristian.org
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