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Chan Lowe: New York legalizes same-sex marriage


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Last month, when the New York State Legislature passed same-sex marriage, I drew a similar cartoon that sought to point out the inappropriateness of judging a whole group of people based upon the way they were born.

To judge them thus is exactly the same as judging people because of the color of their skin. It’s a convenient dodge to assert that being gay is a matter of choice; that enables the so-called righteous among us to then class it as a sin of commission, and thereby apply their arbitrary rules to it. Condemnation is the natural next step.

Aside from the fact that the only choice being made here is on the part of the judges who use scripture as the justification for their activity, they seem to have conveniently overlooked the remonstrance, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” That’s in scripture, too—Matthew 7:1, if you care to look it up.

Recent polls have shown that young people in America are far more accepting of the sexual orientation of their peers, whatever it may be, than their elders. This is even true of youths who identify themselves as evangelicals, meaning that they may still hate the sin while loving the sinner and all that stuff, but they’re less likely to feel that it’s any of their business to do something about it. As I’ve said before, if you don’t like the idea of same-sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex.

And if you can’t stomach seeing it going on around you, then move to a state where it’s still illegal. The way things have been progressing lately, however, you might want to keep all your belongings in a motor home.

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New International Version (©1984)
"'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
New Living Translation (©2007)
"Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

English Standard Version (©2001)
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Never have sexual intercourse with a man as with a woman. It is disgusting.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

American King James Version
You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Bible in Basic English
You may not have sex relations with men, as you do with women: it is a disgusting thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt not lie with mankind as one lieth with a woman: it is an abomination.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

World English Bible
"'You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman. That is detestable.

Young's Literal Translation
And with a male thou dost not lie as one lieth with a woman; abomination it is.



Chuckie: Which one of those did Jesus state? NONE of them. Congratulations for reading and regurgitating passages that were written by homophobes. It's no wonder you take your spoon-fed Fox News reports with equal gusto.


The bible also says that eating shellfish is an abomination. Same exact word. Abomination. Take it all with a grain of salt. These are words written by minimally educated PEOPLE over 1,000 years ago.


Charlie can paste all the bible quotes he wants. He's forgetting one small thing: We don't all believe in his bible and we don't make laws based on his bible. He'd be the first to scream and shriek if we made laws based on Sharia law, right?

Charles, your bible has a bunch of rules for YOU to follow. Your religion, your rules to follow.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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