…despite his brand-spanking new Christian conversion and repentance he’s using to justify his breathtaking homophobia, rooted in his current journey “deep into Bible study.” Since Leviticus is only the third book of the Bible, he must be a very slow reader (or perhaps, as we suspect, just very slow, thanks to all those punches to the head):
“In an interview with National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao addressed President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage.
“‘God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,’ Pacquiao told the Examiner. ‘God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married. It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.’ …
“The original story quoted Leviticus 20:13, which states: ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.’
“But the story did not quote Pacquiao as making the quotation.*
“Pacquiao later released a statement saying he was misquoted and denying he has animus for gay people. ‘I didn’t say that, that’s a lie. I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet.’”
— “Manny Pacquiao will do ‘Extra’ show despite gay marriage comments”
Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2012
* The sory of Sodom and Gomorrah first appears in Genesis 19; however, the “clobber passage” anti-gays are so fond of using to (wrongly) condemn homosexuality is indeed Leviticus 20:13. If Manny hasn’t read Leviticus yet, how did he come to the conclusion that the Bible condemns homosexuality? Better Manny should re-read the story in Genesis, which is all about xenophobia and offering one’s daughters up to be raped in place of a couple of angels. And he should be sure to read the rest of Genesis 19, which follows the story of Sodom and Gomorrah with the story of Lot’s daughters getting their father drunk so he’d have sex with them and get them pregnant — which he did.
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