Fundamentalists scare me on this one. A full-page ad in the L.A. Times quotes the good book (Leviticus 20) to assure us that “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them committed an abomination.”
It’s an accurate quote, but it’s incomplete.
The very next words are, “they shall surely be put to death.”
Consecutive verses speak of adultery, incest (including in-laws), lying with beasts — all transgressors being surely put to death. My question is, who was supposed to execute all of these people? If it is God then He has surely dropped the ball on this one. If it is man that is expected to do all of this killing, then we have fallen behind in that task.
Is it then the suggestion of those who quote from the same verses that we begin executing these nonconformists? If the answer is, “No, that language is archaic,” then I would ask why it is quoted to prove a point.