Long before it begins, the Christian Right is criticizing a conference on homosexuality to be held in a Presbyterian church in St. Louis. The Right is calling it a conference with a liberal “agenda”.
The Right loves the word “agenda” applied to those they do not like. I assume they do not like it applied to themselves. It seems to me we can easily conclude the Right’s agenda is to give religious credibility to prejudice against gay people just as Christianity was used against ending slavery and later desegregation. I don’t know many years it took before Christians who were in favor of segregation and opposed to biracial marriage stopped using the Bible to justify these views. I do not hear it being done today though surely it remains in some places. It is just not used by national spokespersons.
It is still common, however, for national personalities to use the Bible against equal opportunity for gay people. They quote one of the six phrases, none of which are expanded upon to flesh out why they are there or precisely what they mean. Everyone who uses the Bible for this purpose gracefully waltzes past the fact that Bible authors have Jesus saying nothing about homosexuality. If it was an evil sin, why would not the authors have had Jesus condemning it?
It would be most helpful if all conservative preachers and priests had to sit through a lecture on why the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Let’s tell them about St. Louis.