Disturbing Irony at Best…

7 Jul

Thank you to my friend Jen for inspiring this story.  If you will recall Lex’ last story on TSM on Equality, we celebrated Marriage Equality in the state of New York, giving us a grand total of 6 states plus the District of Columbia granting marriage equality. While I’m inspired and hopeful that we will eventually put an end to discriminating against the LGBT community, no thanks to John Boehner, I am nonplussed to learn that in 25 states it is legal to marry your first cousin.  Really?  Does anyone else see a problem here?  I invite everyone who believes in civil rights to be engaged to extend civil rights to the LGBT community in every state and on the Federal level.

Here is some disturbing and interesting information by guest correspondent for TSM, Jennifer Lockett:

So, I have been doing some extensive research, and it turns out that the Bible does not actually been cousin-cousin incest. In the Bible, it describes incest (for males – women don’t get legislated as they’re not real people) as a man (jewish man, gentiles also don’t seem to count here) having sex with his mother, his father’s other wives or concubines, his sister, his half-sister, and his step-sister (if she is brought up in the same household). Still, there are exceptions if a man first marries his relation before having sex with her [/source]. Even if he doesn’t, they make some exceptions (Lot had sexual relations with his daughters and they conceived his children) . Yep, nothing about cousins.
Yep, nothing immoral going on here.

Here are Jennifer’s sources:

Leviticus 18
Leviticus 20
Deuteronomy
Genesis 18
1 Corinthian 7

These are the basic sources for these references.

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8 Responses to “Disturbing Irony at Best…”

  1. Jennifer Lockett July 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    So, I have been doing some extensive research, and it turns out that the Bible does not actually been cousin-cousin incest. In the Bible, it describes incest (for males – women don’t get legislated as they’re not real people) as a man (jewish man, gentiles also don’t seem to count here) having sex with his mother, his father’s other wives or concubines, his sister, his half-sister, and his step-sister (if she is brought up in the same household). Still, there are exceptions if a man first marries his relation before having sex with her . Even if he doesn’t, they make some exceptions (Lot had sexual relations with his daughters and they conceived his children) . Yep, nothing about cousins.
    Yep, nothing immoral going on here.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Jen, I don’t want to diminish the impressive biblical research done here, but I have to say that I do appreciate the levity. Your fan, Michael

      • Jennifer Lockett July 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

        Hmm… why did my cites disappear? Weird – they were in the original post.
        I just feel the need to point out the fact that Bible is not always the best moral compass. The idea that because one scripture refers to homosexuality (in men only, again we all know that women aren’t actually sexual) as the end all be all of morality solely because its in the Bible is ridiculous. A lot of reprehensible behavior, including incest and rape, are condoned and even encouraged in both the Old and New Testament. However, even the most evangelical of Christians would not argue that incest is morally right.
        And heck, let’s say (for argument sake) that homosexuality is a sin – as it has no ‘victim’ (assuming all parties are consenting adults), then wouldn’t it be better for us to let God sort this one out? I don’t really understand who ‘we’ are ‘protecting’ by disallowing Civil Rights to a large group of patriotic, tax-paying, Americans who want to engage in a behavior that, quite frankly, enhances the economy and promotes personal stability & happiness (marriage – and just talking statistics here)?
        Anyhoo – if there is anyway you can fix my cites, I’d appreciate it. If not, I’ll just trust your readers know I made them.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 9, 2011 at 6:54 am #

        Jen, are you referring to the statistics that are below? I can see them and presume everyone else can as well. If not, let me know and I will rectify this.

    • Jennifer Lockett July 9, 2011 at 7:33 am #

      Leviticus 18
      Leviticus 20
      Deuteronomy
      Genesis 18
      1 Corinthian 7

      These are the basic sources for these references.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 9, 2011 at 7:37 am #

        Thank you, dear heart. I shall cut and paste and include this in the article.

  2. Jennifer Lockett July 9, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I included book and verse from the Bible, but all it shows is “[source/” Probably need to change the brackets to something else (forgot that brackets are part of html code).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 9, 2011 at 7:07 am #

      Because it is such valuable information, might I ask that you send it again. I shall then lift it from the comments and paste into the article itself and just call you a guest contributor, if you are comfortable with that.

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