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Christian to Gay Marriage Opponents: “Get Over It” July 8, 2010

Posted by Robert J. Wilson in LGBT Issues, Religious Nonsense.

Get Over It

(UPDATE: Thanks to Polycarp for the heads-up on this.)

In an excellent blog post entitled A Note to Christians Opposing Gay Marriage: Get Over Itimpressively-credentialed Christian academic Dr. Robert Cargill eloquently outlines how Christianity has evolved beyond patently outmoded scriptural directives concerning slavery and, more recently, treatment of women.

Dr. Cargill’s post says, in part:

Remember how the Bible used to say, “Slaves, obey your masters” (Col. 3:22; 1 Pet. 2:18; Eph. 6:5)? Remember that? Remember how it used to say, “I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man” (1 Tim. 2:12; cf. 1 Cor. 14:34; Col. 3:18; Eph. 5:22)? Remember when the Bible used to say that? Remember how the Bible used to instruct people not to divorce, and those who divorced not to remarry (1 Cor. 7:10-11)? Remember when the Bible used to say all of that?  We got over it! We got over it just like we rightfully got over and abolished slavery. We got over it just like we rightfully conceded the equal rights of women. We got over it just like we rightfully allow people to divorce and allow divorced people to remarry.

I applaud his brave acknowledgement that in spite of belief in scriptural immutability and infallibility, time has shown many of the Bible’s social constructs to be wrong, at best and downright evil at worst.

For more by Dr. Cargill on this subject, see: It’s OK for Christians to Vote No on Prop 8 and Full Text of Dr. Cargill’s Remarks at the Pepperdine GSEP Panel Discussion on Racism and Homophobia.

I regularly rail against Christians whose selective application of scripture denies my rights, so it’s only fair to applaud occasions when a believer like Dr. Cargill speaks of a future in which

[Christians will] get over using the Bible and ambiguous notions of “traditional marriage” to deny gay Americans the privilege of a state-recognized marriage. We’ll get over it and will one day look back and shake our heads at how we’ve treated gay Americans, just like we look back and shake our heads in disgust at how “those people” treated slaves, African-Americans, women, and divorcées.


1. Andrew Keisker - January 16, 2014

Thank you Dr Cargill for restoring some of my faith. Voices of reason and compassion rise over then din of current political Christian thought because it adheres to all the principles of Christ’s teachings. Thank you again,
Andrew Keisker

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