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05/11/2012

The answer to Glenn Stanton's 'Baptist Press' query: Because he thinks gays are a 'particularly evil lie of Satan'

by Jeremy Hooper

Baptist Press is once again giving a prominent forum to Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton, so that the self-appointed expert on marriages like mine can tell evangelicals why I don't deserve civil equality:

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But there is no need to go read Glenn's piece. The only thing you really need to know about this particular commentator, his views, and the question he poses in this Baptist Press headline can be summed up with this quote:

All sexual sin is wrong because it fails to mirror the Trinitarian image, but homosexuality does more than fail. It’s a particularly evil lie of Satan because he knows that it overthrows the very image of the Trinitarian God in creation, revealed in the union of male and female…nothing else challenges this image of the Triune God so profoundly and thoroughly as homosexuality. It's not what we were made for.
Glenn Stanton [GLAAD CAP]

I can think of very few instances where I would define a pundit's work by seventy words that he or she wrote. In this case, I consider it more than fair to do so. Think about it: If you seriously believe that that being gay is a "particularly evil lie of Satan" that challenges God more than anything else is the world, how can anything you say about same-sex relationships be viewed through any other lens? There is zero possibility for dialogue. Zero possibility for civil consideration. Less than zero possibility for acceptance.

In this rare case, Glenn Stanton's entire career in regard to anti-equality advocacy can (and should) be seen through this one linguistically limited, yet intellectually penetrative, quote. He wrote it. He thinks it. He defined himself by it. I simply note it.

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