Those following the “religious freedom” issue in Indiana and elsewhere should not miss Frank Bruni’s column today in the New York Times — “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana.”
Bruni tackles the highly charged issue with thoughtful, wise analysis. An excerpt:
… the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.
It disregards the degree to which all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.
It ignores the extent to which interpretation is subjective, debatable.
And it elevates unthinking obeisance above intelligent observance, above the evidence in front of you …
Of course, Bruni’s arguments could easily be extended to include many other topics over which religious conservatives and liberals disagree. But for now, today, it is enough to address the “religious freedom” laws discriminating against the LGBT community.