Two different stories about homosexuality and the bible floating out there in the world within days of one another is just two good to pass up. So here they are, lumped together for your reading pleasure.
1. Dan Savage highly recommends a new documentary on the subject by Matthew Vines:
Matthew Vines is a young gay man who grew up in Kansas. His family is Christian and very conservative. After coming out, Vines took two years off college to research and think deeply about what the bible says—and doesn’t say—about homosexuality. You could argue that what Vines has to say is irrelevant to non-Christians. But Vines’ argument and his insights are highly relevant to gay Christians, to their families, to Christians who point to the bible to justify their bigotry and the pain they inflict on LGBT people (including their own LGBT children), and to anyone who happens to live in a country that is majority Christian.
2. A student group at BYU, which isn’t regarded as one of the most friendly campuses for LGBT students, has made an “It Gets Better” video that features gay Mormon students sharing their struggles to reconcile their sexuality and their religion.
If we find one more example of the bible and homosexuality we’ll have a full-blown trend story on our hands folks.