INDIANAPOLIS BILLBOARDS CLAIM THE BIBLE AFFIRMS HOMOSEXUALITY
A pro-gay billboard campaign in Indiana attempts to use the Bible as a basis for supporting homosexuality.
The 22 signs in Indianapolis
are sponsored by Jesus Metropolitan Community Church and Faith in America. Pastor Jeff Miner described one of the billboards that proclaims, “Ruth
Loved Naomi as Adam Loved Eve.”
"Most people probably have no idea that the Bible does
contain a number of powerfully affirming passages toward gay people,” he told Family News in Focus.
Another billboard recasts the story of the Roman centurion
who asked Jesus to heal his servant and claims "Jesus Affirmed a Gay Couple."
"The (Greek) word that the Roman centurion uses to describe
this sick person is 'pais,' " Miner said, "which is precisely the word that was used in ancient Greek to refer to one’s
Joe Dallas, author of The
Gay Gospel, a book debunking such twisting of Scripture, took issue with the claims.
“You really have to do mental gymnastics to do
this,” he said.
Dallas explained there's nothing in the Bible that suggests the relationship
between Ruth and Naomi was anything other than a deep friendship. And Greek lexicons render the word "pais" as simply a servant
or a child, not a same-sex partner.
“It shows a certain mindset," Dallas said, "when
someone cannot read about two people loving each other without assuming that the love was sexual.”