If you use any sort of social media or read news online, you’ll have likely heard about chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A’s statement of their position against marriage equality. Because of their statement, their product has become a political statement of sorts almost overnight.
Well today huge crowds showed up at Chick-fil-A locations either to protest or show their support of the restaurant’s discriminatory stance after former president candidate Mike Huckabee dubbed August first “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after their anti-marriage equality stance was announced.
I ran across several posts on Facebook and other social media sites today that are both inspiring and saddening. One such photo displayed a Chick-fil-A product with a caption mentioning something about God’s wrath. In all honesty, it feels pretty ridiculous to me, but it nonetheless goes to show the substantial amount of discrimination and bigotry still around in this country.
In an effort to put things in perspective, I feel it necessary to share some of the other laws and guidelines set forth in the Bible. Perhaps soon an ice cream shop will come out in support of stoning disobedient children to death.
Thanks to several websites, here are some of the prohibited items or actions:
- The eating of fat is prohibited forever. (Lev 3:17)
- You cannot round the corners of your beard or the hair on your temples. (Lev 19:27)
- Witches should be killed. (Ex 22:18)
- The congregation was to be a bastard free zone. The Bible was so dead set against bastards that their children, even to the tenth generation, could not enter the assembly of the Lord. (Duet 23:2) This is in keeping with God’s principle of punishing children for the wrongdoings of their parents.
- Handicapped people could not approach God. Their presence would profane his sanctuary. (Lev 21:16-23) This scripture single-handedly offends almost every category of handicapped persons you can name. The blind, lame, injured, hunchbacks and dwarfs are specifically named. If anyone is left out, the catchall phrase “anyone with a blemish” is thrown in to cover them. I guess in Israel, the handicapped parking stalls were at the far end of the parking lot.
- Entrance into the assembly of the Lord was granted only to those with complete testicles. (Duet 23:1) Now, I will admit that keeping one’s testicles in tact is a pursuit worthy of some attention, but I have to ask: What went on in the “assembly of the Lord” that required a complete and full set of testicles? And, since testicles are usually not on display, was there someone at the gate assigned to check?
- Anyone working on the Sabbath is to be killed. (Ex 35:2) This law was to protect the sanctity of Sunday afternoon football. Unfortunately, any player that touched the ball would have to be killed after the game, because he had touched a dead pig. (Lev 11:7,8) That would certainly make it easier to play defense.
- Menstruating women and everything they touch are unclean. The only cure for this uncleanness was for the priest to kill a couple of pigeons. (Lev 15:19-30) What could be more logical?
- If a couple has sex during the woman’s period, the two are to be cut off from their people. (Lev 20:18) Once again, how would anyone know that this had happened? The couple is obviously not going to tell. Maybe the genital inspector from the temple made house calls.
- Women were officially second class citizens. They were considered possessions that were owned, (Prov 12:4) and were officially subordinate (1 Cor 14:33,34).
- Homosexual men were to be executed. (Lev 20:13) No mention is made of homosexual women.
- If a woman grabs a man’s privates during a fight, her hand is to be cut off. (Duet 25:11,12) Now, is it really necessary to have this law on the books? You get the impression that the person who was writing the laws had recently experienced this and was still a little pissed off.
- False prophets are to be killed by their own parents. (Zech 13:3)
- Stubborn children were to be stoned, and the stoning was to be instigated by their parents. (Duet 21:18-21)
There are also quite a few things expressly allowed in various books of the Bible: (from Liberator.net)
Slavery – Exodus 21 outlines the laws for ownership and trading of slaves. A man could sell his daughter to pay off a debt. You could beat your slave, almost to the point of death. Foreign slaves could be kept forever and willed to your descendants, whereas Hebrew slaves could only be kept for a maximum of seven years, although there were exceptions to this policy. Most of the faithful men of old had slaves.
Incest – For those of you who will not want to believe this, here are the words of Abraham himself: ‘”Besides she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.”‘ (Genesis 20:12) So, Abraham and Sarah were half siblings, as well as a married couple. And let’s not forget righteous Lot, who knocked up both of his daughters. By the way, doesn’t it seem a little strange that God would outlaw incest, and then create a situation where incest is mandatory? Adam and Eve’s children and Noah’s grandchildren had no choice but to marry their siblings and cousins.
Genocide – In Dueteronomy chapter 7, God commands the Isrealites to ‘utterly destroy’ seven nations that were greater and mightier than they were. Joshua says that they did exactly as commanded. According to Joshua’s census, the Isrealites numbered approximately 2.5 million. So, if the Bible is to be believed, the Hebrews extinquished seven nations numbering more than 17.5 million persons.
As well, there were several incidental holocausts along the way, such as the Midianites. In this case, the meek Moses became upset because the Israelites killed only the men, allowing the women and children to live. So, they went back and finished the job. When God commanded the Israelites to destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15), he told them to kill, not only the men, women, and infants, but even the animals.
Based on these boasts, Jehovah makes Hitler look like a small time thug.
Polygamy – This one doesn’t even require much backup. The list of faithful men of old who had multiple wives is virtually endless – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and many, many more. In addition to taking multiple wives, most of these men also took concubines, which are basically mistresses. This leads me into the next category.
Fornication – Most moral codes frown on this, but not the Bible. Numerous faithful men of old had concubines. Many of them impregnated their slaves. Lot, who was married, had sex with his daughters. Judah and Samson hired prostitutes.
Now, it seems to me that the Bible says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. But, for some reason, this does not appear to include having multiple wives, keeping mistresses, visiting prostitutes, having your run of the slave girls, or selling your wife/sister to another man at a profit. So, how do you break this command?
Murder – Now, to be fair, the Bible does outlaw murder. However, it doesn’t seem to enforce the penalty evenly. Moses killed an Egyptian, and Samson killed thirty innocent people, so that he could steal their clothes. Both of these men retained God’s approval and blessing.
I think knowledge is probably the most helpful tool against bigotry and hatred. Above all, I would urge people to remember the fight for marriage equality is still going on. Certainly, a restaurant chain’s declaration of discrimination is disheartening, but this shouldn’t distract us from continuing to push for equality where it really matters, Washington.
Update: For those out there who insist upon “Biblical Marriage,” I found this infographic.