Cast No Stones

To the Editor,

In response to the letter by Dr. Malcolme Bodian re Gary Robson’s support of NDR Resolution
I read with great interest Dr. Bodian’s attack on Gary Robson in last week’s letters to the editor. I doubt I will change his mind, but perhaps I can lessen the impact of his views on those who might be in ear-shot of his comments.
According to Bodian (who is from Cody), Gary’s assertion that being a homosexual is not an abomination is both immoral and contrary to the Bible. The author of the letter attacking Gary and homosexuals seems to proclaim that he is a religious person who is knowledgeable of the Bible. He calls Gary shallow and naïve.
I’m constantly amazed how many “conservative” Christians support their bias against gay and lesbians by quoting the Old Testament of the Bible and ignoring the New Testament. It was as if Christ had never come to this world.
In 2008, I had the privilege teaching the course in political science at the University of Mary in North Dakota, a Catholic university. The major paper I had my students write was a detailed description of the political platform that Jesus Christ would approve.
As one would guess, a proper differentiation between the Old Testament and the New Testament was essential to finding Christ’s intent and the proper moral role of government in a modern society. My students were limited in source materials: their textbook, a book entitled What Jesus Meant, and the Bible. We even had a priest come in to delve into why the New Testament is different, and why Christ’s tenants supersede the Old Testament.
Although there are those who continue to use the same Old Testament fallbacks contained in Leviticus and Deuteronomy to decry homosexuality, they do so at their own peril, both intellectually and morally.
Jesus Christ, in His unheralded perfection as He walked the earth, said many negative things about tax collectors, politicians, and even lawyers – but not once did his words provide one iota of disapproval of homosexuals.
Instead, He spoke about inclusion, acceptance of others – including those who are different or sick or poor – and doing unto others. These tenants should be followed by all Christians, and to fail to do so by those using portions of the Bible to promote hate and condemnation is the real abomination.
It is very ironic that Bodian refers to James 4:12 as one of his scripture references at the end of his letter. I wonder if he has even read it? It says, “But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?”
As to his personal attack on Gary, the only thing shallow is Bodian’s heart and mind, and the only thing naïve is his facile interpretation of Christ and what He taught us.
Christ cast no stone towards homosexuals, and neither should the good doctor.
Cast No Stones, Good Doctor

Lynn Boughey
Red Lodge

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