THANK GOD OPERATION: REBIRTH IS GROWING!!! People are standing
up and making their voices heard. I recently received an article
that was basically a transcript of a sermon preached by Dr.
Miles Munroe. Not only did I receive the article, but also
the brother who sent it vowed to send his response to the
newspaper that published the article. It is with his permission
that I am publishing his response to you...the readers. I
pray that this brother's stand will empower and inspire many
to stand up. It's time for us no longer allow these "leaders"
to spread hate and fear and pass it off as "Gospel". I applaud
Brother Adrian for his stand. Hopefully more people will do
the same. - Tuan N'Gai, Operation: REBIRTH
Dr. Miles Munroe Wrong on Gays
Please allow me space in your newspaper to express my views
against Dr. Miles Munroe, who said in a Nassau Guardian story
on Thursday June 24, "Gays are not born as such." Dr Munroe's
view against homosexuality is well known as he had spoken
on the subject on radio shows and on television in the past.
However, I take exception to his attempt to misconstrue as
fact, his opinion that people are not born gay. It truly amazes
me that in 2004, in light of many scientific advancements
that have helped to improve essentially every aspect of human
life and allowed us to better understand human nature, that
there are so-called enlightened people who continue to use
religion as their only reference when discussing the complex
issue of homosexuality.
Does Dr Munroe know that science has already found that sexual
orientation is inherent in people and not something that is
chosen? The last time I checked, sexual attraction for another
person was something that happened spontaneously and not something
that involved serious thought or a "decision." Sexual behavior
however, is something that people chose to engage in. Interestingly
enough, many religious fundamentalists know from irrefutable
empirical evidence that some people are born with attributes
of the opposite sex and often develop a voice that is indicative
of the opposite sex. Some are even born hermaphrodite. So
why then, when people say that they have been attracted to
members of their own sex as early as they can remember, these
fundamentalists respond, "No way, that can't be true," as
if they know the answer to everything. What they are really
saying is, "People who say they have been attracted to members
of their own sex since early childhood are all liars," and,
"Only people who say they have been attracted to members of
the opposite sex since early childhood are speaking truthfully."
Are fundamentalists so blinded by their beliefs that they
do not understand, nor want to understand anything that might
make their beliefs seem prejudice, therefore unjustified?
Because of this anti-gay prejudice, these people continue
to insist on interpreting the Bible literally regarding homosexuality
but somehow conveniently "decide" that the religious book
should be interpreted strictly in a "cultural context" when
it endorses slavery (Leviticus 25:44); forbids the eating
of shellfish, calling it an abomination (Leviticus 11:10);
forbids women speaking in Church (I Corinthians 14:34); forbids
the wearing of clothing of mixed fibers (Leviticus 19:19);
forbids men cutting their hair and rounding their beards (Leviticus
19:27) and advocates the killing of people who work on the
Sabbath (Exodus 35:2). How often do you hear these "cultural
context" scriptures quoted?
Dr Munroe should know that people in biblical times had no
knowledge of science that we have today. Their knowledge was
based on superstition and a myth that the earth was flat and
was the center of the universe. Their knowledge was also based
on a belief, no longer subscribed to in modern society, that
people had a right to purchase other people and that women
were subordinate to, and the property of men.
Dr. Munroe, a well-traveled man, should also know that he
cannot go to certain countries preaching his anti-gay message
as many have national anti-discrimination/anti-incitement
laws which among other things, protect gay people from hate-mongering
and attacks on their sexuality, whether those attacks are
biblically based or not. These countries, according to the
International Lesbian and Gay Association, include: The United
States (some states), Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain,
France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland,
Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Israel,
Malta, Namibia, South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Mexico and
Ecuador. Unfortunately in The Bahamas, where there are no
such laws, gay people remain targets for attacks as just last
year, under the name of Christianity, the former president
of The Bahamas Christians Council threatened to blow up parliament
if gay marriage were allowed here. He also threatened to "dismantle"
The Rainbow Alliance. Does Dr. Munroe support anti-gay violence
Verbal and sometimes physical attacks against gays stem from
fear that people generally have about things they do not understand.
This "paranoid fear" or homophobia, rife in the Caribbean
region, is to a large degree fuelled by people like Dr. Munroe
who use the Bible as a club to "beat down" on gays rather
than to show true Christian compassion, as Christ had shown
to all people. Dr Munroe also said, "Morality is a product
of what is right and what is wrong, and right and wrong is
derived from what is good and bad. And society has to determine
what is good for them and what is bad for them. We, as a society,
must make a decision." I maintain that there is nothing wrong
with being gay and there is also nothing wrong with two gay
adults in a committed relationship with each other.
Based on Dr. Munroe's use of the word "we," is he referring
to heterosexuals in society only? Is he saying "we" good heterosexuals
must make a decision on "those" bad homosexuals? Might I add
that historically, no one has benefited from an "us and them"
mentality, as it only helped to create division in people.
Dr. Munroe should know that the ability to respect and tolerate
the views and differences of others has always been a true
measure of human civilization. He should also know that victimization
and discrimination against any group of people in society
is morally wrong. Supporting this concept was civil rights
champion, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said, "Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and, "Whatever
affects one directly, affects all indirectly."