The pastor of a Christian Church passed on to me an e-mail written to ABC network by a concerned Christian citizen, expressing this critique:
ABC is obsessed with the subject of homosexuality. I will no longer watch any of your attempts to convince the world that homosexuality is O.K….Read the first chapter of Romans (in the Bible). The Apostle Paul, God and Jesus were all against it….
ABC’s on-line response ensued:
How about getting out of the Bible (which is only a Book of stories compiled by many different writers hundreds of years ago) and read the Declaration of Independence (what our nation is built on) where it says ‘All men are created equal’ and try treating them that way for a change!…
My response to ABC is the following: Firstly, the word “homosexuality” (of recent vintage) does not exist in Noah Webster’s famed 1828 Dictionary – Jefferson’s era. The word “sodomy” however, does. As Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, and as he also condemns sodomy in his original, hand-written Bill for Proportioning Crimes and Punishments, as a crime whose punishment goes to “Limb – castration,” the Declaration’s statement that “all men are created equal” precludes criminals, including sodomites.
The punishment of crimes, according to Jefferson, extends to: 1) Life (death); 2) Limb; or 3) Labor. Quite obviously, criminals are excluded from enjoying the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Hence, ABC’s promotion of sodomy is diametrically opposed to Jefferson’s principles of equality.
Moreover, as we have already established, Jefferson’s underlying principle in his Declaration, of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” comes from Hugo Grotius’ writings, which in turn, are based upon the Bible – the world’s No. 1 best-selling Book to this day.
Although ABC has a far-reaching network, the Bible, which condemns sodomy, far exceeds its outreach worldwide; and so do Jefferson’s original, biblical principles undergirding this nation’s founding document – The Declaration of Independence – which continues to be admired and esteemed internationally.
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