Letters

Bible's stance on homosexuality

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7233.514/a (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:514

Bible shows no understanding of homosexual orientation as mutually supportive and affirming

  1. Alan Sheard, retired consultant in public health medicine (retdean@surfaid.org)
  1. Woodbeck DN22 OJJ

    EDITOR—Wayte quotes selectively from the national survey on sexuality about the prevalence of homosexuality.1 He is doing exactly what I reported in my personal view—distorting the evidence.

    He says that the “Bible references to homosexuality clearly show that they are disapproving of homosexual activity (not orientation).”1 Experts in biblical interpretation believe that in biblical times there was no understanding of the modern view of homosexual orientation as mutually supportive and affirming.23 Wayte is right in saying that the Bible's stance is not to “bash homosexuals.” Leviticus chapter 20, verse 13 reads: “If a man has intercourse with a man as with a woman, both commit an abomination. They must be put to death.” So the Bible's stance is not just to bash homosexuals but to murder them. …

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