Your Opinion: Treat each other with compassion

Dear Editor:

While I don’t generally believe in evangelism, religious or political, I feel the need to speak out on an issue that’s attracted commentary in this column recently: gay marriage.

Harold Horstmann’s letter to the editor criticized humanists (and supposed humanists) who allow that the Bible is open to interpretation. He cites Leviticus 18:22, which admonishes homosexuality.

There are a lot of passages in the Bible, and anyone can take their pick to find something that substantiates his or her own view. I might cite the story of the prostitute and the would-be stoners who were not without sin themselves, while someone else might cite the Old Testament demand of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

To me, however, the overall feel of the Bible comes down to this: We, as individuals and as governments, are morally bound to treat each other humanely, with compassion, with kindness and without judgment.

Homosexual marriage is not a crime against anyone, or against society. From a Christian standpoint, there is no reason for our government to ban it, when it’s already written in the Bible that God will judge everyone in the end.


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