The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness…[but] when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man. (Rom 1:18;21-23)
To the nonbeliever, either God does not exist, or if He does exist, He is evil. The nonbeliever cannot (or rather, does not wish to) comprehend the existence of a benevolent God, for if he did, he would have to accept his own sinful nature and repent of it. Instead, every nonbeliever—from Epicurus to Nietzsche to Dawkins—has portrayed God as either non-existent or malevolent.
Thus it is not hard to believe why Frank Kameny, a gay rights activist honored by President Barrack Obama, would claim that God is a "sinful, homophobic bigot."
Kameny, who was dismissed from his federal job as an astronomer in the 1950s because of his homosexuality, told LaBarbera, "You have the whole issue of sin, vis a vis homosexuality, 'on the wrong foot.' It is your homophobic God of Leviticus (and of the Bible as a whole) himself (herself? itself? themselves?) who is the sinner because of that homophobia."
"Bigotry is sinful, whether it be racism, anti-Semitism, or homophobia," Kameny wrote.
I wonder if anti-theism counts as bigotry. To Kameny, I guess it doesn’t.
"Your God of Leviticus (and of the whole Bible) is clearly a sinful homophobic bigot. He should repent of his sinful homophobia. He should atone for that sin, And he should seek forgiveness for the pain and suffering which his sinful homophobia has needlessly inflicted upon gay people for the past 4,000 years," he continued.
See where the Romans 1 passage fits in? Kameny clearly does not wish to accept the reality of a benevolent God, and thus portrays Him as evil and unworthy of worship. To Kameny, God is malevolent, mankind is benevolent; God is the sinner, mankind is the redeemer; God is corruptible, man is uncorruptible.
LaBarbera commented: "Of course Frank Kameny's outrageous statements about God are completely backwards: it is Frank who is the stubborn sinner who needs to repent. Thankfully, it is never too late for sinners to turn away from their sins and humbly accept God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
"However, in one sense at least Kameny is forthright about how his homosexuality-celebrating ideology stands diametrically opposed to God's plan for mankind, as revealed in the Bible. Unfortunately for Frank, he has no authority to judge sin and morality; that is the province of Almighty God alone," he said.
Kameny's statement, delivered Oct. 13, continued, "It is not homosexuality which is always wrong, immoral, and sinful. It is homophobia, including the homophobia of your god himself which is wrong, immoral, and sinful. And so your god is a sinner, on this account (I deal with no other issue here)."
Now before I am attacked as a homophobe and bigot, let me state that I have nothing against gay rights. While I do not agree with gay marriage, I do believe that two consenting adults have every right to marry, be they heterosexual or homosexual.
And to any homosexuals reading this (and have made it thus far), consider this: would you want a man who believes it’s okay to sleep with animals to represent you and your fight for equal rights, or is this a man you would distance yourself from?