Regarding Justin Craft’s letter (RDR Sept. 12) about homosexuality.
Mr. Craft is obviously caught in a time warp.
His ideas about women and homosexuality are out of the hellfire and brimstone puritan era of a couple of hundred years ago. His ideas and beliefs are certainly not acceptable today.
He said that God made woman for man. Plain and simple. That is the most sexist, chauvinistic and degrading comment I ever heard, and every woman should be deeply offended.
Mr. Craft shows a fundamental misunderstanding of homosexuality. Most of the people who have studied and researched homosexuality agree that it is in the genes just like hair and skin color. Homosexuality cannot be “cured” and it can’t be “prayed away” as Mr. Craft claims it can. It is not a learned or chosen condition, or behavior.
Mr. Craft says homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals are doomed to hell.
If homosexuality is, indeed, a sin, God will punish them and God won’t need any help from Mr. Craft.
He uses God and the Bible to validate his belief. Does Mr. Craft’s God and Bible say or teach anything about love, tolerance, kindness, charity, respect, etc? Mr. Craft speaks only of hate and condemnation.
I have always been taught that church, or a religion, is a hospital for sinners, not a sanctuary for the righteous. I don’t believe Mr. Craft ever learned that.
Mr. Craft, would you welcome a gay person into your church congregation? The Jesus Christ I know and worship certainly would.
Will Rogers once said, “If horses and dogs don’t go to heaven, I want to go where they go.”
Mr. Craft says all homosexuals are going to hell, well, Mr. Craft, they wouldn’t want to go to your heaven anyway. They would want to go to the heaven where kind, loving, tolerant, respectful, reverent and Christ-like people go.
In closing his letter, he told Mr. Wells “to read the Bible for more details.”
Mr. Craft is the one who needs to read the Bible again to see what it says about the Christian characteristics and qualities I have mentioned in this letter. So far his Bible has taught him only bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, hate and condemnation.
Randle S. Easley