Shame of bigotry and divisiveness

In his June 23 op-ed, elected state Sen. Mike Azinger puts glaring bigotry and divisiveness on display for all to see, attempting to wrap bigotry and ignorance under the pages of the Bible as a cover for his shameful op-ed. He asserts without any proof that gay people are not born that way. It’s not completely known why someone might be gay, but research (not opinions) shows that sexual orientation is likely caused by biological factors that started before birth. People don’t decide who they are attracted to, and therapy, treatment or persuasion won’t change a person’s sexual orientation. You also can’t “turn” a person gay, for example, by exposing a boy to toys traditionally made for girls, such as dolls.

Mike the Divider attempts to hide bigotry in the pages of the Bible. This is a secular nation with a bedrock principle of separation of church and state where many millions are not Christian but rather are other religions or not religious at all. Mike the Cherrypicker then thumbs through the pages of the Bible and picks out a verse that corresponds to his hatred of gay people. (Yes, I know, he will say he doesn’t hate the person, just the sin.)

Speaking of sin, where, oh where is his outrage that men are not killing their non-virgin wives on their wedding nights?

Also, I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what would be a fair price for her? Would my redhead bring less money than my dark-haired one?

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Why can’t I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree.

You get the idea. Mike’s hatred and divisiveness shines through as he has only cherry-picked the verse that supports his obsession. His op-ed could be summarized as “gay people [stink] and I want everyone else to share my particular religious fervor.”

All of the Bible is either the perfect word of God or the words of Bronze Age tribesmen who didn’t know where the sun went at night. Shame on him for trying to divide our citizens of Wood County by hiding his obsessive hate under cover of the Bible, a book full of many ignorant laws even he doesn’t follow. When he starts going on a tirade about all the passages I mentioned, plus many I didn’t list, he’ll at least be consistent with his hate of Biblical sin.

Jim Wilt

Parkersburg

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