It was this comment that posed the "fair question" I'm wriging about today:
Did you read Robert Gagnon's response?Robert Gagnon is a conservative biblical scholar who wrote a response to Knust entitled "The Bible really does condemn homosexuality." My quick answer to "did you read it" was "Of course."
And ... on reflection ... I decided that fair question deserved a longer answer ... the one I posted on the CNN blog as a comment. Which was:
Gagnon falls into the rhetorical trap frequently deployed by those who presume to have the power to set the context for the dialogue with his "serious" question:
"... does the Left read significant works that disagree with pro-gay interpretations of Scripture and choose to simply ignore them?"
He leaves out a critical third option: We read your works and disagree with their conclusions. Not because we don't understand your brilliant exegesis. Not because we are so blinded by our "pro-gay" agenda that we fail to see the "Absolute Truth" of your arguments.
We've read them. Marked them, inwardly digested them ... and disagreed with them.
And if you'd like to have THAT conversation, you know where to find us.