You may recall the recent controversy when the Glasgow Church in Delaware posted an anti-gay-marriage sign, with graphics showing the Christian cross being greater than equality. The pastor of the church, Chuck Betters, also spoke out against marriage equality during the Delaware debate to legalize same-sex marriages, using his religious convictions as the basis for his disapproval. Pastor Betters has cited Leviticus as one of the books in the Old Testament where he feels you can find references to Jesus. Pastor Betters has also recently spoken out against the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 on his blog.
But oddly enough, the Glasgow Church's Facebook page is now promoting a "church-wide picnic that will include" -- wait for it -- "a pig roast." There are two separate posts (one with a really cute drawing of a pig in a chef's hat) that promote the picnic and convey that the church is quite "excited about" the event.
Now, in case you didn't know, the book of Leviticus does have passages that many people interpret as speaking against homosexuality, but it also has some pretty harsh words for those who consume or even touch pork. Leviticus 11:7-8 reads, "And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you."
So the book of Leviticus has often been used to justify denying equality to LGBT Americans, but it can be completely ignored when an anti-gay congregation wants to attend a barbecue? Is that biblical cherry picking, or does it just reek of a big-pig hypocrisy?
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