LBGTQ* Political Cartoon
B. Deutsch’s (of LeftyCartoons) response to the “picking and choosing of the bible”
Pronoun/Language History You Might Not Know
The Gender-Free/Gender Neutral Bible
Did you know that the National Council of Churches published a Bible in 1983 which used gender-free references to refer to God?
(Source: Eyewitnesses to the 20th Century by National Geographic Society)
LGBTQ* Perspectives and Quotes
(Personal Note: I RESPECT RELIGION and FAITH. The quote below is simply to point out how we can view a situation when we break down the physical words and history. — Rebecca)
Following from: Deb Price’s And Say Hi To Joyce
An engineering professor is treating her husband, a loan officer, to dinner for finally giving in to her pleas to shave off the scraggly beard he grew on vacation. His favorite restaurant is a casual place where they both feel comfortable in slacks and cotton/polyester-blend golf shirts. But, as always, she wears the gold and pearl pendant he gave her the day her divorce decree was final. They’re laughing over their menus because they know he always ends up diving into a giant plate of ribs but she won’t be talked into anything more fattening than shrimp.
Quiz: How many biblical prohibitions are they violating? Well, wives are supposed to be ‘submissive’ to their husbands (I Peter 3:1). And all women are forbidden to teach men (I Timothy 2:12), wear gold or pearls (I Timothy 2:9) or dress in clothing that ‘pertains to a man’ (Deuteronomy 22:5). Shellfish and pork are definitely out (Leviticus 11:7, 10) as are usury (Deuteronomy 23:19), shaving (Leviticus 19:27) and clothes of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19). And since the Bible rarely recognizes divorce, they’re committing adultery, which carries the rather harsh penalty of death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:22).
So why are they having such a good time? Probably because they wouldn’t think of worrying about rules that seem absurd, anachronistic or - at best - unrealistic. Yet this same modern-day couple could easily be among the millions of Americans who never hesitate to lean on the Bible to justify their own anti-gay attitudes.
LGBTQ* Discussions and Representation in Television History
West Wing "Faith Based Initiative"
original airdate January 5, 2005
LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
Graphic found on SunDial
LGBTQ* Images and Stories in Religious Texts
"Friends and Family" in the Old Testament
*Disclaimer: This post does not belittle any religious text, nor does it intend to offend anyone. This post reviews reading the Bible as a scholarly text and not a book of faith.*
David and Jonathan
Some scholars believe that there was a romantic relationship between David and Jonathan. The book of Samuel discusses the two’s deep friendship which often hints at a love much more than that of two friends.
1 Samuel 18:1
"…Jonathan became one in spirit with David and he loved him as himself." (NIV)
"…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul" (KJV)
1 Samuel 20:41
"After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with is face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together - but David wept the most." (NIV)
Ruth and Naomi
The bond between Ruth and Naomi is often credited as being a love affair between two women. The bound of undying love is often used in modern marriage ceremonies and is take from the Book of Ruth.
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” (NIV)
*the world “clave” in Hebrew is recognized as marriage. It is used as a term for heterosexual marriage in Genesis 2:24
“Ruth clave unto her.”
Daniel and Ashpenaz
The relationship between Daniel and the chief of courts Ashpenaz may be viewed as a relationship of two men within the Bible’s text.
The Hebrew words used to describe Daniel and Ashpenaz are “chesed” and “v’rachamim”. “Chesed” means mercy. “V’rachamim” translantes to “physical mercy and love.” While many translations now read that Ashpenaz “showed mercy and mercy” to Daniel, it would be reasonable to believe that the original text reads that Ashpenaz showed “mercy and physical love” with Daniel.
“Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”