The Washington Times’ Oct. 11 editorial included the following:
“At the Washington National Cathedral, the Very Rev. Gary Hall announced last Sunday that he had discovered a sin unknown to hundreds of churchmen before him. ‘We must now have the courage to … call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,’ he said. ‘They are sins. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin.’
“Mr. Hall, dean of Washington’s most prominent Episcopal church, criticized the role that some churches have played in oppressing young lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered youth. ‘It is not only just OK to be gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered,’ he said. ‘It is good to be that way, because that is the way God has made you.’”
That absolutely astounding theological and biological conjecture surely raises the question: Why has Dean Hall limited God’s (alleged) alternative sexual creationism to homosexual, bisexual and transsexual?
Why has the Very Rev. Hall neglected to proclaim God’s allegedly and determined creating of advocates of polygamy, polyandry, pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality?
If, as Dean Hall claims, “shaming people for whom they love is a sin,” why is it at all wrong for adult males to love to bugger either little boys or animals?
The Times editorial further noted:
“He spoke in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a young homosexual man killed near Laramie, Wyo., in October 1998. The slaying became a rallying cry for hate-crime laws. A new book by Stephen Jimenez, a committed homosexual, called ‘The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard,’ suggests that the murder of Matt was a myth built on a lie. Mr. Jimenez writes that young Mr. Shepard was a meth dealer and user well known as a dealer, that he and one of his killers, Aaron McKinney, a bisexual hustler, were intimately acquainted. It was not a hate crime, but a drug deal gone bad. …
“Some pastors, usually of churches with a surplus of empty pews, have forgotten their mission, and are hastening the decline of the culture. This is the very real shame.”
In the cause of protecting longstanding Christian morality (which Dean Hall so furiously denounced) – I wonder why I was unable to find this Very Reverend denunciation in either the other Times (the one in New York) or in that other Washington daily?