is being hotly debated today in church and society. When the case is made for the legitimacy of
same-sex love, critics rush in with three main defenses. (1) It is contrary to nature. (2) It is condemned in
Scripture. (3) Its acceptance would ruin society. The most interesting thing about these three arguments is that
they have been used in the past to defend what is now universally regarded as evil. In American history, slavery,
segregation, and the denial of the vote to women all illustrate the point. In each of these instances nature and
God were said to authorize a practice vital to the good of society.
When the slavery of African Americans was condemned, it was defended as essential ...

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in jury rooms with males, subjected to
tales of shocking behavior. To the threat of social disintegration was added the authoritative pronouncement
that the involvement of women in politics was prohibited by natural and divine law. Nature and Scripture were
called upon to show that woman's place was in the home and not in the voting booth. Regarding the desire of
women to vote, the Council of Congregationalist Ministers of Massachusetts had this to say:

The appropriate duties and influence of woman are stated in the New Testament. . . . The power of
woman is in her dependence, flowing from the consciousness of the weakness which God has given
her for her protection. . . . When she assumes the place and tone of man as a public reformer . . .
she yields the power which God has given her . . . and her character becomes unnatural.

When the legal segregation of the races was being undermined, prophets of doom predicted that catastrophe
would surely ...

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just as confident that they were in possession of God's own truth as are those who quote Scripture
today to condemn same-sex love. This recognition ought at least to create in all of us a sense of humility --
whatever our theological persuasion -- and perhaps a good laugh at the almost irrestible tendency we have to
identify our own views with those of the Holy One in whose presence our only hope is grace and mercy.

Nearly all Americans now recognize that slavery, racial segregation, and the denial of the ballot to women were
not good for society. They were not based on natural law. They were not ordained by God. No one who wishes to
be taken seriously quotes the Bible to ...

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