Last week a friend suggested I read up on the Nashville Statement(It gets good at Article 7). This sounded like some rather small affair worth ignoring. Then someone on Salon called it bigoted homophobia and a response was issued called “The Denver Statement.”
If, like me, none of you had a clue what was going on, here’s basically where we are at. A bunch of pastors, priests, deacons, etc, have signed on a document they put together as sort of a ‘bill of rights’ to what sex means to Christians*
The idea is: the goal of sex as a family furthering adventure exists mostly for procreation and exclusively intended by God for the use by one of two genders interacting with the other gender. Basically, it’s what you learned in sex-ed if you were born before 1985. For anyone born after that, it’s a hate crime.
So Salon.com, HuffPost, WashingtonPost, New York Times and CBN walk into a bar. “Ladies first” says the bartender. Already half the crew are offended, but Rosaria Butterfield of CBN walks up to the Bar and says, “After converting to Jesus my previous life lost it’s luster and now I am happy” and everyone else tears their hair out and starts screaming.
The Nashville Statement pokes at the obvious mistakes that people make in pre-marital relationships, and that all such union falls into the category of sin, another hate crime.
The statement of 14 articles re-iterates that none of the listed offenses to God are enough to straight up ban someone from being allowed into heaven or even to be Christian, but rather that, in the same way that encouraging an alcoholic friend to go get tanked up in the back of the church during service, straight up affirmation and celebration of lifestyles seen as ‘not good’ in the official rulebook of God(tm) does not compute.
The important thing here that makes this mean nothing to atheists or for their lives is the reiteration that this set of concepts and rules for being Christian* apply only to Christians*.
That is, if you want to play tennis, go ahead and play tennis, but if you show up to the baseball game with a tennis racket, you are going to get funny looks because you are in a different game with clearly defined different rules. The Nashville Statement basically affirms that you have 3 strikes and must run from 1st to 2nd to 3rd and then Home in order to get a point. The Denver Statement states that if you want to step up to the plate with a Tennis Racket and try to get a bunt against a 90mph fastball this is totally okay and will go really, really well. In fact, go ahead and cut right across the diamond from 1st to 3rd while you are at it.
Hopefully that makes sense.
To give you an idea of how this whole crazy argument stretches out, here’s some links.
Now, having argued about this issue with friends, it seems strange they would throw the word hate around when basically we live in a world where any sexualized lifestyle is celebrated and thrown a small parade. So these people have come out of the closet as ‘encouraging their friends to be straight cisgendered married couples’ and that’s apparently just about the most shocking thing ever and should be condemned.
Furthermore that a bunch of priests have the audacity to suggest a 14 year old boy not have his penis chopped off and hormonally pumped full of estrogen should not shock anyone, but it does.
*this is the point of contention.