NEW YORK (Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D) - The New York Times' sloppiness when reporting on Christianity is proverbial, but perhaps none of its prior errors equals its claim this week that the apostle Saint Paul commanded Christians to kill the homosexuals among them.
With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to "a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays," meaning Saint Paul's letter to the Romans 1:18-32.
As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Timeseditors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.
The Times report, titled "After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands," follows on the fatal shooting of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub by a 29-year-old Muslim who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. In the wake of the attack, many have tried to compare Christian beliefs regarding the morality of homosexuality with those of Islam, in an apparent attempt to make Christians guilty by association.
The biblical passage in question actually speaks of God's anger toward sinners who reject God despite the abundance of evidence for his existence in creation. It says that those who failed to honor God "became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened."
Saint Paul continues: "Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves."
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