M. Gay and Lesbian Task Force Conference Speech
Special way was once made for me to speak at the yearly National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) conference (Creating Change, Denver, 2009). There, to a crowded room of homosexual youth, I discussed the previously mentioned, gay-positive, literalist understanding of the Leviticus verses regarding homosexuality.
To the youth group, I, also, stated that Leviticus’ “abomination” could be psychological. (Therefore, and even more broadly, the word can be defined as a pejorative “pathology”). After all, considering the prevalence of male bisexuality, were a wife or a girlfriend even to see her husband or boyfriend have sex with a man, her psyche could become damaged due to her perception that such an other man was more of an object of affection to her husband/boyfriend than was she. In fact, I told the group, this scenario played itself out in the gay-cult film, Brokeback Mountain; and, I used the film’s storyline, partly about a divorce caused by a wife seeing her husband passionately involved with a man, to explain why the rules in Leviticus can be in the best, ignorance-is-bliss social interests. After all, the Bible’s desire is to reduce divorce, a situation that can be exceedingly problematic, especially when children are involved.
Before concluding this segment, I mention that my analysis of New Testament prohibitions on male homosexuality reveal that such prohibitions are reiterations of the Leviticus prohibitions. In fact, New Testament prohibitions must be restatements because New Testament theologians had no authority to add rules to the Bible. Rather, the only authority given to those holy authors was to take rules away. (Of course, the only one who had the authority to add a rule to the Bible was Jesus—and the one-and-only rule that he added was to love!)