Homosexuality is not equivalent to bestiality
I have doing some background research, in order to write an article concerning LGBT rights. Here in Ghana, discrimination against the LGBT community is rampant, almost virulent. Anyway, in doing my research I thought, why not select some literature from Christian philosophy that supports the LGBT community. I found one website gaychristian101.com, which provides 9 reasons why homosexuality cannot be compared to bestiality and incest (An argument that is often put forward by those ever so clever bigots that wish to deny some people their rights.).
Well the article seemed to be going well, though at times the writing became a bit spotty and the points repetitive. However, the thread of argument was sound; the claims made in Leviticus against homosexuality are not be trusted, as the historical context of those biblical verses are not fully know and how comparing homosexuality to bestiality is a disingenuous line of argument etc…. etc….
Then I chanced upon the ninth and final point:
9. The beastiality argument denies the Biblical doctrine of human exceptionalism and embraces the false teaching of evolution.
What? I mean this came out of nowhere, apparently pulled out of the author’s ass.
Christians who use the beastiality argument against gay people are really advocating evolution (that human beings are animals) although many conservative Christians lack the intellectual sophistication to understand the implications of their argument. For the beastiality argument to be valid (it is not), the human exceptionalism asserted in scripture must be denied.
Evolution and the beastiality argument deny that human beings are a unique creation of God, separate from, higher than and unrelated to the animals. Evolution (and the beastiality argument) posit that we are nothing more than highly evolved animals. Evolutionists (and those who use the beastiality argument to assault gay people) deny our spiritual dimension, that human beings, made in God’s image as a separate creation of God, were given dominion over the animal kingdom but are not part of the animal kingdom, Genesis 1:28.
The Bible, contra evolution and contra the beastiality argument, asserts human exceptionalism, that we are separate from, different than and elevated above the animals, without being evolved from the animals. According to the Bible, as human beings we are far more than just another animal in the forest.
The “homosexuality equals beastiality” argument assaults the Biblical concept of human exceptionalism and affirms evolution by comparing homosexual partnerships to beastiality. Anti-gay Christians who use the beastiality argument against gays and lesbians insult our intelligence, display their ignorance and do grave disservice to the cause of God and Biblical truth.
I mean human evolution is perhaps the best support for varied nature of human sexuality. Evolution demonstrates the fact that we as a species, share common traits with many species; species that do not have their sexuality and sexual inclinations, slotting neatly into distinct categories. Arrgghhhh! It makes me want to tear out my hair. Their arguments could have been so much better, more nuanced but they had to spoil it.