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    about "justifying our way of life" or "basing our actions on an ancient text."  Yes, it can be in certain situations, but there's much more to it than that.

    Religion is etymologically about "binding together," making connections.  That includes maintaining a connection with the whole of humanity, including those who have passed away.  When you stop to look at what people did and thought in the distant past, you often find things that seem weird, that make you think, "huh, what?" which should make you stop and think, "well, what do I take for granted that might look weird to someone else?"

    The other thing one finds by looking at the past is that the idea that we progress, learn, and move on is a total illusion.  The status of women in history hasn't gradually gotten better - it's gone back and forth, for example in the sixteenth century, women's economic status went backwards when they were shut out of guilds.  It's not that women had to overcome a static patriarchy that they only managed to name at Seneca Falls in 1848.  It's that things in many ways were worse in the 19th century than they'd been before.

    In the case of this diary, I think the point that there's an attempt to justify behavior by finding something in the biblical text that says "gay is OK" is justified.  What attempts like these often do, however, is open room for reading the text more carefully and subtly, to make us say "wait a minute," did I really consider all the options of what this text might mean before coming to a judgement?

    If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

    by dirkster42 on Sun May 13, 2012 at 11:18:00 AM PDT

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