James White recently brought up an event he describes as indicative of bigotry against Christians. He states:
The anti-Christian left cares nothing about truth, or freedom of dialogue, or thought. It cares only that you agree and follow. Today’s example. This one hits home with me, as my daughter faced similar anti-Christian cowardly bigotry in her community college.
That link takes you to an article about a 15-year-old high school student who was “threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District,” according to the student’s attorney. Basically, the student was invited to write an editorial taking the “con” side of a pro/con piece about allowing homosexual partners to adopt. As a result of the editorial, he was summoned to the superintendent’s office and apparently berated for “hours,” with the super ultimately threatening suspension and calling the student “one of the most ignorant kids.” Read through the article for a more detailed account of the events. This struck me as a bit of an overreaction, since the paper came up with the topic and invited the submission. However, the article links to the editorial itself (here), and it is remarkably disturbing. Besides the fact that it appeals exclusively to religious fundamentalism and misrepresentations of the science and sociology of homosexuality, it states the following:
In a Christian society, allowing homosexual couples to adopt is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 clearly states “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” God made man and woman with the intention of them getting married to each other and having children. As Christians, same-sex partnership is against many Christian beliefs so why would it be okay for them to adopt children? Through Moses, God says in Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” God also says homosexuality is a perversion not a life choice. In today’s world, many Christian people generally base their values and beliefs on the Bible, and using that guideline, homosexuality is wrong, which leads us to the conclusion that homosexuals adopting is wrong because a child should not be raised in a sinful environment.
I’m going to ignore the fallacy and the ignorance of the majority of this paragraph and focus on the bolded portion. This paragraph is about how Christian base their ideas about proper society on the Bible, and in it this student quotes a scripture that advocates for the execution of homosexuals! He didn’t have to include the entire verse (there’s a sentence break), but he did. For some reason, he thought that it was necessary to specify that God himself, through Moses, calls for the execution of homosexuals. This is just horrific, and the superintendent’s reaction is much more understandable to me now.
The article fails to highlight this portion of the editorial, but I wonder how James White would feel if his daughter came home from her community college and said their paper ran an editorial in which a Muslim student wrote that a Muslim society follows the Quran, quoting a verse they understood to mean infidels should be executed. Would he say anyone who got upset “cares nothing about truth, or freedom of dialogue, or thought,” or would he be incensed? Would he call it “anti-Muslim cowardly bigotry” for the administration to threaten suspension, or would he demand it? I think the answers to these questions are obvious, and I think the student’s appeal to a biblical text legislating the execution of homosexuals is far more bigoted than the response of the superintendent. White has absolutely no room to complain.