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Soporific Reading?
Sep 22, 2006

Here's a gift for our weekend. 
Some time ago I shared a poem by Dorothy White, the self-described older woman with her circle of gay friends.  A few nights ago she was struggling with insomnia.  Glad she stayed up for this. Take these words slowly, they're pure gift.

Thank you to Dorothy. 

Dear Lars,

Last night when I couldn't sleep (that seems to go with old age) I was rereading William Sloane Coffin's book Credo.  Here are a couple of quotes that I really relate to.

"It is not Scripture that creates hostility to homosexuality, but rather hostility to homosexuals that prompts some Christians to recite a few sentences from Paul and retain passages from an otherwise discarded Old Testament law code.  In abolishing slavery and in ordaining women we've gone beyond biblical literalism.  It's time we did the same with gays and lesbians.  The problem is not how to reconcile homosexuality with scriptural passages that condemn it, but rather how to reconcile the rejection and punishment of homosexuals with the love of Christ.  It can't be done.  So instead of harping on what's "natural," let's talk of what's "normal," what operates according to the norm.  For Christians the norm is Christ's love.  If people can show the tenderness and constancy in caring that honors Christ's love, what matters their sexual orientation?  Shouldn't a relationship be judged by its inner worth rather than by its outer appearance? When has a monopoly on durable life-warming love been held by legally wed heterosexuals?"

"As a man I consider myself at best a recovering chauvinist.  As a white person I am a recovering racist, and as a straight person a recovering heterosexist.  To women, African Americans, gays and lesbians, I am deeply grateful for stretching my mind, deepening my heart, and convincing me that no human being should ever be patient with prejudice at the expense of its victims."

I've crossed Dr. Coffin off my list of middle-of-the-night reading! I need something soporific, and his writing is anything but that!



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