For it's latest issue, Newsweek hangs up it's objectivity and puts on a flamboyant gay rights hat as Lisa Miller, author of the article "Our Mutual Joy," laughs out loud at the notion of the Bible having anything to do with the sanctity of marriage. Wowza! Newseek, we never knew!
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Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)?
Miller continues on her all-the-men-in-the-bible-were-polygamist-pigs rant and even outs Jesus Christ as an asexual who would rather everyone follow on his religious plight of community love and unity than marry. In fact, denying the rights of same sex couples to make their love official, she thinks, is downright non-Christian. Jesus Christ was the crusader of protecting outcasts and promoting genuine love.
Miller then pops the religious conservative stance against gay marriage—the Bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman--with a swift kick to the gut that went something like this:
First, while the Bible and Jesus say many important things about love and family, neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman. And second, as the examples above illustrate, no sensible modern person wants marriage—their's or anyone else's—to look in it's particulars anything like what the Bible describes.
Of course, no gay rights article about the Bible would be complete without a mention of the ambiguously gay couple King David and Jonathan. When Jonathan dies, David proclaims his love for Jonathan was "more wonderful to him than that of women."
Of course the religious right are sticking to their "King David and Jonathan were just platonic friends" stance.
The article takes a soft and fuzzy turn, and ends with a rather cutesy-wutesy conversation between her and a very liberal priest named James Martin.
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And then he [James Martin] adds that in his heart he believes that if Jesus were alive today, he would reach out especially to the gays and lesbians among us, for "Jesus does not want people to be lonely and sad."