Posted By Eric Ethington on December 27, 2010
Utah’s local Mormon-owned newspaper, the Deseret News, re-published an article this morning written by Star Parker claiming that repealing DADT is the downfall of America and claims biblical proof. Read her article and a response by guest author Isaac Higham below.
Star Parker is currently the head of the Center For Urban Renewal and Education, and ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2010. Her article claims that she’s becoming a minority in this country, but it’s not because she’s black or because she’s a woman, it’s because she’s a Christian. America is sliding down a moral wormhole, she claims, because while the majority of the country think that the USA is not on the right moral path, the majority also supported repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
She includes plenty of biblical references as to why homosexuality is so bad, and concludes that how can we take the constitution of the United States seriously if we don’t take the bible seriously.
Yeah….. Anyway, here’s an amazing response from Isaac Higham to Ms. Star:
I recently had the opportunity to read your piece about homosexuality being publicly condoned but morally unacceptable as it was reprinted in one of our local papers. In your piece you argue that as a Christian you adhere to Biblical standards of morality, and that these standards of morality make homosexuality unacceptable. And you further argue that the nation must realign with those Biblical mores, and those of our original Constitution, if our nation is to be rescued from the precipice of moral collapse.
While many scholars disagree with the traditional interpretation of biblical condemnation of homosexuality, I shall set aside this issue and suppose for the sake of discussion that you are correct in saying Biblical Christianity condemns homosexuality.
The Bible is a book that lays out situations in which slavery is morally acceptable; situations in which rape is divinely condoned; instances where mass genocide is approved; the idea that women are property. The list of biblical moral conundrums could be a mile long.
Because of this one must conclude that as a Christian you are either willfully ignorant of what the Bible actually says, or that you pick and choose which Biblical precepts are meant to be applied today. If it is the first, then you hardly have credence to demand others adhere to moral principles that you yourself do not understand. If it is the second, then you yourself are guilty of the moral relativism and adopting a sliding moral scale that you decry in your piece.
As an African American and as a woman one would think you would be critical of traditional Biblical traditions and the original
Constitution. For under both documents you would have been enslaved and controlled simply because of your skin color and your gender. You would have been subject to slavery, ineligible for certain marriage rights, unable to own property, and unable to vote (let alone start your own organization or run for the United States Congress as you have done).
As an American that loves this country and our Constitutional freedoms and protections, I am disappointed that you would gladly accept the progress and advancements in society that have allowed you the opportunities to pursue your dreams, but at the same time try and condemn those same advancements when they offer protections and opportunities to others.
Pride and hypocrisy are Biblically immoral and condemned by Jesus himself, Ms. Parker. Perhaps you should start with the beam in your own eye before addressing the mote you perceive to be in the eyes of your American brothers and sisters.
Thank you for putting your name to your opinion unlike the ever increasing anonymous attacks in today’s political discourse. May God bless you and yours in the coming NewYear.