If God Doesn’t Have a Sense of Humor, We’re Screwed

FreyRepublican Bob Frey is a candidate running for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  Frey says he believes all our social and economic problems have a common cause: “the gay agenda and sodomy.”

In a display of scientific ignorance so startling it’s almost unbelievable, Frey elaborated on “the science and the financial impact of the gay agenda” as follows:

“When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg.  The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg.  If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

What whacko could have come up with this stuff?  His goofy misunderstanding of human reproduction is overshadowed by his bizarre theory of AIDS.  You die because of wayward sperm?

Apparently this clown doesn’t know that HIV/AIDS is most commonly transmitted through heterosexual intercourse worldwide.  It’s not a gay disease.  Period.

Over 80 percent of HIV infections in Africa are acquired through heterosexual intercourse.  Most infections in Latin America are acquired through drug injection.  Heterosexual intercourse and drug injection are also the main modes of transmission in both South and South East Asia.  Of all the HIV-positive people in the world, slightly more than half of them are women.

In videotaped testimony before committees in the Minnesota State legislature, and also in a campaign video, Frey says:  “When sperm enters the digestive system, it is quickly absorbed into the blood.  It is the enzyme in the sperm that causes the immune system to fail.  Sodomy is a voluntary act to destroy the immune system that protects us from disease, various cancers, and other health issues.”

So how exactly does sodomy destroy our economy?  According to Frey:  “It’s about sodomy.  It’s huge amounts of money.  AIDS is a long term illness, causing pain, suffering, death.  A long-term illness that’s very expensive to treat… It is about legalizing sodomy, causing avoidable pain, suffering, death, and financial ruin.”

Let’s ignore Frey’s scientific and economic canards.  Let’s talk about our own faith.

There are ample religious grounds to condemn each act of sodomy as wrongdoing.  The Torah says that when a man lies with another man as with a woman it is  just as bad as when a Jew eats a shrimp, carries a bundle of sticks on the Sabbath, or remarries his ex-wife after she has been divorced from someone else.

We know we shouldn’t do any of those to-ei-vah things.  We also know that some of us do. We do not know why God grants some people such easy paths while giving others such challenging paths.  (It does not appear to be a merit-based system.)

We do know that secular American Law ought not enforce any particular religion’s tenets.  This is especially obvious to those of us not within the dominant religious culture.

What is not obvious is how to negotiate the slippery slope created by American Law’s imperfect usurpation of purely religious institutions.  Theoretically, the secular American government ought not to create marriages at all, nor need it recognize religious marriage in any way.  It could tax us all as individuals.

Civil marriage is an imitation of the “holy matrimony” that inspired it.  It’s a usurpation by “We The People” of a religious institution that kings administered only by “divine right.”

But American Law is not going to be purged of its religiously coercive elements, so we are stuck with Sunday blue laws,  state sanctioned marriages, laws against polygamy,  laws against bestiality,  and many other taboos unrelated to the protection and promotion of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Were they in America today, our Patriarchs’ biblically-sanctioned activities would have got them arrested for bigamy, incest, and statutory rape, not to mention numerous violations of immigration laws and zoning ordinances.

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