In ANY sense of the word. Peter has posted a letter from some character he’s calling “Priscilla Smith,” who may or may not be one of Peter’s drag alter egos (allegedly!), rebuking a Grove City College student, David Bier, for his “unbiblical” perspective on gay people (i.e., he doesn’t hate us with the methane emissions of a million wingnuts).* It’s all a part of Peter’s continuing torch-wielding-mob-of-two crusade against Warren Throckmorton, for daring to use his brain for thinking rather than as a paperweight, as the Christian Right recommends. Here are fourteen of “Priscilla”‘s words for Mr. Bier:
Please advise Mr. Bier that Jesus Christ does not “accept others as they are.”
Thank you for posting this, Pete. It’s good to know that you’re now essentially admitting that you cannot claim the mantle of “Christian,” in any way, shape or form. (Of course, neither can Priscilla, if she exists.)
Because, you see, though I deconverted from Christianity several years back, I happen to know quite a bit about the religion, and about the text of the Bible. So, let’s see…
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[b] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[c] our sins.11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
That would be 1 John 4:7-21. (Emphasis mine, not God’s…)
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Hmmm, nothing about “UNLESS UR A GAY” in Matthew 11:28-30.
35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
Hmmm, nothing about “UNLESS I HAVE PICTURES OF YOU IN LEATHER ON MY SECRET EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE” there, in John 6:35-37.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Huh! So in Romans 5:6-8, it sounds like Christ died for people without precondition, without them making themselves “acceptable” in any way! Crazy! So what the hell are Priscilla and Peter talking about?
Obviously not any accepted form of Christianity.
Shall I go on?
Oh, all right, I’ll quote one more, since it’s POSSIBLY THE MOST FAMOUS BIBLE PASSAGE OF ALL TIME!!!!!
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.[g]
Again, huh! No, “unless u likey the same sexy in a sexytime way.” No preconditions of any sort, except belief. Huh! By the way, Pete, in case you’re not familiar, that would be John 3:16-18.
You’d think for someone who prattles on ad nauseam about what a great and holy Christian he is, Peter LaBarbera would know the first thing about the Bible. I guess he only knows six verses, the ones he uses because he thinks they give his malevolent bigotry a prettier face.
The jig is up, dude.
Thus concludes your Bible Lesson From An Atheist.
*Grove City College senior David Bier wrote a letter to AFTAH, which is pretty great, so click here to read that.