Will write more about this later.
Will write more about this later.
So, well before there was the QLATB blog, there was a podcast called Queer Look at the Bible (QueerLook for short), and it is time to begin producing the podcast! So within the next few weeks, I’m going to get back to a weekly podcast. If you want to check out the older podcasts:Â http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=162657208
Found this via StumbleUpon, and found it both funny as well as poignant.
Maybe I am gullible, but seems to me that these 2 churches decided to work together with a cool little plan to get people thinking and talking. Thinking and talking- good things for people to do. Â I can’t imagine that 2 supposedly smart pastors would really be at odds over something like this. Â But? Â Stranger things have happened.
Now, how about some meaningful thinking and talking about ideas possibly more important to some people- Queers and God’s Love…. forget rocks and dogs for a bit… Â I mean, what is it that we expect to find in scripture? Â What do we expect it to tell us? Â What are we missing without it? Â The rocks and dog debate seems based, not really on scripture, but theology in general, and yet scripture is at the base of christian theology.
Not a long post today, although I owe you one. Â Found this video clip of Keith Olberman’s commentary about the election and Prop 8 in California. Â He expresses some of the ideas I have soÂ eloquently. Â Namely, that as recently as 1967, our next president’s parents would not have been allowed to marry in 1/3 of the states in our country because it was illegal for a black and a white to marry. Â As recent as 1967!
Take a look:Â http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/3073728/35613542
This is more of a rambling post than most of my posts- though you might think they are all rambling. Â
And most likely this post is less geared towards this Queer Look at the Bible blog, but hopefully as I write, it won’t seem that disconnected- unless I run out of steam or decide I’m not sure what I am saying.
As much as it was exciting to see Obama win, it was disappointing to see all the bans against gay marriage pass. Not really surprising but disappointing none the less. Are queer people to become the “new” acceptable victims of discrimination? Â So, no, it isn’t all that new, but perhaps we are coming up against the last big (the last??) hurdle until we have greater equality. And here is where I see this blog as important. Â As the Bible and religious views are the weapons being used to support the discrimination, there is no better time to keep adding voices to the dialogue about the Bible. Â We do not need to dismantle any belief in the Bible, we simply need to recontextualize it- shine a light in it to see more of it instead of less.
As a kid I remember being afraid of going down the steps to my grandmother’s basement. Â There was a scary area to the right of the steps, and it was as if something Â could hide in there and get me. Â The older I got, this became less as I was able to see more- walk under the steps and into that area on the right- which was just storage. Â The area didn’t change, just my perspective, the context from which I considered it.
A call for queer visibility is nothing new. Â National Coming Out Day has been around for a while, and we have known that as you let people know you are gay, their fear of gay people disapates. Â but we are still a fairly invisible group. Â Not so much invisible as easily blended into the background. Â Well camoflauged. And that may need to change. Â Our visibility needs to grow. Â Our ability to demonstrate our economic power needs to grow, and our ability to frame the issues as equal rights needs to grow.
Yesterday, I saw a post to Twitter, where someone- a strong Obama supporter- was calling gay marriage an abomination. Â But s/he was estactic that Obama was winning. Â This agent of change, this man, a product of a mixed race marriage was being hope to America. Â It would not have been too many decades ago, when a mixed race marriage itself would have been called the abomination! Â How big of a change is that? Â And are people willing to begin to see and accept these historical uses of the Bibble as a weapon? Â
What do you think?
So often, people are turned off by religion, and by the Bible, because it (possibly both) are expressed as being “the Word of God,” or as “God said…” This is a real problem, because it enables men and women to turn over all responsibility to that God. Â I remember as a kid, it was easy to try and use the excuse, that because someone told me to. Â And my parent’s comeback was always, if they told you to jump out the window, would you follow that too? Â I took from that the notion that to release responsibility of one’s own actions was silly and potentially destructive.
The same holds true for those who act, and blame it on the Word of God, or because “God says…” Even if you believe that God did say [fill in the blank], or it was from the Word of God, it is important to take responsibility for your part. Â YOU chose to act in what ever way, say or do whatever, based upon a choice. Â You may feel it is the only choice. Â But even if that is the case, you chose.
Blind obedience and Faith are not one in the same.
Even atheists should care about the Bible. Â Care about does not mean believe in or support or follow, but to ignore how influential it is in today’s culture is a bit like sticking your head in the sand.
Queer Look at the Bible was originally (and will return to be) a podcast I began back in 2006. Â For a variety of reasons, I stopped adding episodes, and it has sat, dormant since then. Â This isn’t confession, and I have no need to sort out all of the reasons, but one of them, was that by the time I started to produce the podcast, my own personal beliefs had changed dramatically. Â Perhaps one of these days, I will write more about my own beliefs, but for this post, suffice to say I think there are three types of people who ought to follow my blog and podcast.
So, I Â want to say something about why Iâ€™m using the lectionary. Â First of all the lectionary, is a set of prescribed scripture readings that follow a three year calendar, and were intended to be used by all churches. Â Theoretically, people who attend a Catholic service, and a Methodist service and an Episcopalian service on any particular Sunday, would all hear a sermon based upon the same scriptures. Â Now, in reality, this doesnâ€™t happen exactly- not all preachers/ministers/priests stick to the lectionary, but some do.
A number of years ago, I produced a news magazine program on the local public access cable station called â€œThe Gay Nineties.â€ Almost every time I was at the station to edit, there would be some bible thumper in the studio, taping their sunday sermon and ranting on about homosexuals and other deviants. Â One evening, taking a break from the editing booth, I sat down next to a woman waiting to get into the studio. Â We chatted for a few minutes- she telling me about the scripture she was using this week, and didnâ€™t I like the new scarf a friend had blessed her with so that she would look good on camera. Â After a short pause, she looked at me and asked what program, I worked on- that I seemed like a nice boy ( I was considerably younger than she) and she hadnâ€™t seen me around before. Â I told her the name of my program, and she looked a little surprised, but remained pleasant. Â I didnâ€™t hear any ranting about gay people coming from the studio that evening!