On female preachers standing against same-sex marriage

By | 2011/12/07

The Reverend Margaret Court, a former tennis player, and leader of a church in Perth, has today come out swinging against same-sex marriage, saying:

“To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong.”

(“Legend condemns gay marriage“, thewest.com.au, 7 December 2011).

To Margaret, and any other female pastor who has the audacity to decry same sex relationships, and claim to be on some moral high ground when it comes to attacking the GBLTI community, I say this:

I strongly believe you’re acting like a hypocrite, and likely a bigot, too.

Why?

Because like so many who cling to religious authority to deny equal rights, you conveniently ignore any biblical directive that doesn’t suit your purpose. And in this case, let’s consider Timothy 2:11-12:

“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

Female pastors, reverends, whatever you call yourselves; don’t preach to me that I’m a sinner, or that I shouldn’t be allowed to get married. By the religious tenants that you cling to, not only are you going against god’s will by seeking to “teach” or have “authority” over me as a man, you’re in a position of authority in a church, which is also by your own bible against god’s will.

If you’re prepared to speak without hypocrisy, I’ll listen. Until then, shut up: by your own religion, your opinion is worthless and immoral.