THE BIBLE UNVEILED: A RESPONSE TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S WAR ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Weiss, Eleanor E.
Steenhuisen, Lauve H.
Often hailed as the civil rights movement of the twenty-first century, the same-sex marriage debate has swept across America. The most outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage is the Religious Right, which employs Scripture to support its argument that homosexuals are inferior to heterosexuals, homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and gay marriage should be illegal since it challenges God's design for humanity. Simply put, the Religious Right has launched a war against gay marriage, using the Bible for political gain, which not only threatens the rights of millions of Americans but also promulgates dishonest religious discourse.The purpose of this thesis is to change the conversation by exposing the many gaping flaws in the Religious Right's argument. While proponents of gay marriage in the media often dismiss the Religious Right's claims based either on science or the notion that public policy ought to remain unfettered by religion, this thesis takes a different approach. In an attempt to promote informed religious discourse and balance the debate, this thesis does not deny the sanctity or authority of the Bible. Rather, it focuses on Scripture and critically reviews the Religious Right's primary arguments within a conservative framework to highlight its misuse of the Bible.Each chapter analyzes the controversial verses within their biblical context, historical context, amidst overarching themes particular to Scripture, and according to a wide swath of both liberal and conservative scholarship. In addition, this thesis delves into the original Hebrew and Greek text to determine how each passage was intended both literally and figuratively. Examining the Bible in this way will not only invalidate the Religious Right's claims but also construct an alternative perspective on homosexuality in the Bible, providing the tools necessary to create a space for gay rights within conservative communities.
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