Last week, when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly acknowledged that pro-equality supporters have the more "compelling" argument in the marriage debate, he surprised both supporters and detractors. The right wing media giant took his claim a step further, noting that the anti-equality side "hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible." Too strong? Of course -- but O'Reilly isn't known for measured understatement.
It's certainly true that many people claim that they find all they need to know within the Bible: God said it, I believe it, that settles it! There are at least two major problems with this approach. First, most people don't know what the Bible actually says. And second, when one examines what it actually says, the results can be rather embarrassing for the "God said it" crowd.
In the following two videos -- part of a new series on arguments in the gay-rights debate -- I discuss the Bible and its relevance to same-sex relationships today. The first video is a general response to the use and misuse of the Bible, and the second is on the much-cited, but seldom read, Sodom and Gomorrah story.