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Posted by kwassa in Religion/Theology
Tue Jun 07th 2011, 10:18 PM
You, like many, blame religion for cultural norms, when in fact culture creates interpretive norms of religious texts.

Many of the critiques of Christianity are completely unhistorical. Suppression of women and gays was not created by religion, such cultural norms, repulsive as they might be, were the norm in their eras and influenced the interpretation of religious texts. You claim it as the source when there is no proof that it is the source of oppression; it is merely cited selectively by oppressive people.

Sexism and homophobia are rife in cultures around the world, among believers in different religions, and have been for thousands of years. The liberation of both women and gays is a recent historical phenomenon. Gay marriage is a completely new idea.

Next weekend I am going to a celebration of a year and a half anniversary of a single-sex marriage. We went to the original wedding reception; the wedding itself was too far away to attend. One of the brides is the cousin to my wife.

I am a white heterosexual male, which you deem as a privileged position. My wife and daughter are African-American. I have a number of gay friends, most of whom are Episcopal clergy. The assistant rector of my church, a friend, was married in a same-sex marriage by the Bishop of Washington on the grounds of National Cathedral.

The restrictions on abortion and gay marriage are cultural, not religious, otherwise there would not be religious supporters of choice and same-sex marriage.
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