On February 23, 2012 Jim Rigby posted “Ten Things I Wish The Church Knew About Homosexuality” and it quickly went viral. Here are the list of ten things that Jim Rigby wishes the church knew about homosexuality.
1. If Jesus did not mention a subject, it cannot be essential to his teachings.
2. You are not being persecuted when prevented from persecuting others.
3. Truth isn’t like wine that gets better with age. It’s more like manna you must recognize wherever you are and whoever you are with.
4. You cannot call it “special rights” when someone asks for the same rights you have.
5. It is no longer your personal religious view if you’re bothering someone else.
6. Marriage is a civil ceremony, which means it’s a civil right.
7. If how someone stimulates the pubic nerve has become the needle to your moral compass, you are the one who is lost.
8. To condemn homosexuality, you must use parts of the Bible you don’t yourself obey. Anyone who obeyed every part of Leviticus would rightly be put in prison.
9. If we do not do the right thing in our day, our grandchildren will look at us with same embarrassment we look at racist grandparents.
10. When Jesus forbade judging, that included you.
Jim ended up with many conservatives sending rebuttals for what they considered to be errors in his thought. He said that some were respectful, others not so much so, but he wanted to honor the time all of them took to respond by giving answers to their rebuttals. Jim is giving his answers in a series of posts titled “Answering the Rebuttals to “10 Things I Wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality” So far Jim has posted part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. There should end up being 10 parts in the series.
Jim Rigby is a Presbyterian Minister in Austin Texas. In 2007, Jim was named “Texas Public Citizen of the Year” by National Association of Social Workers for his work on gender, economic, and racial issues. Jim has written for Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and other sites, but now his focus is on his blog, as a place for a deeper discussion of the relationship between religion and politics. Is it possible to affirm our different religious (and nonreligious) worldviews in ways that do not lead to intolerance and oppression, or does religion lead inevitably to superstition and sectarian violence? Can we affirm the core values of our own group, and yet, still be good citizens of the world? It is an open question. Jim’s site will argue it is possible, if all religions are willing to go through radical reformations to allign themselves to the best science available, to learn to honor artistic expression however different, and to serve universal human rights.