Young Man schools homophobes with… The Bible?

Matthew Vines describes himself as  “an advocate for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and in society at large.” And advocate he does! What’s so great about this speech that he delivered at the church in his hometown, is that he challenges the hijacking of Christianity by using… Christianity. After all, he did grow up in a conservative church in Kansas. Vines makes me want to give up my agnosticism and become religious… almost.  (transcript after the jump.)

Alright, I’d just like to start by saying thank you to everybody for coming tonight – I really appreciate it – and for being interested in learning more about this subject. I also want to thank College Hill United Methodist for graciously agreeing to host the event. My name is Matthew Vines, I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a student in college, although I’ve been on leave for most of the last two years in order to study the material that I’ll be presenting tonight. I was born and raised here in Wichita, in a loving Christian home and in a church community that holds to the traditional interpretation of Scripture on this subject.

Read the rest of his talk here.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sarahdactylaughs/ Sarah Meyers

    This article is also a great resource for the debate:
    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/15/my-take-what-the-bible-really-says-about-homosexuality/

    The author of this article somewhat summarizes the main points in his book “What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality”, which is worth a read even if you check out the article and get the main points. In it, he challenges the traditional interpretations of scriptures used to back up anti-LGBTQ sentiments in Christianity and looks at the cultural context and lingual interpretations of them to show alternative (and more scholarly accepted) meanings. My mother who is a member of the Methodist Clergy passed it onto me when she was getting her masters in theology and saw how much trouble I was having with religion so often denying LGBTQ individuals equality. I still don’t identify as a Christian, but I believe this knowledge can help guide those who do in standing up for LGBTQ equality within the church (like my mother) and those who don’t in other efforts to support LGBTQ as advocates for religious inclusion.