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Saturday, July 26, 2003

"Thrilled to death..."

(from the Did they really say that? files)

I am fully aware that "Hey, whatever floats your boat" is pretty much the universal moral maxim of contemporary western society, but do advocates of this view really believe that it reflects any kind of profound philosophical position - let alone a deeply religious one - with regard to the human condition?

Lynn Vincent reporting in World Magazine notes:
... On June 14 in Columbus, Ohio, more than 300 people
gathered at the Adams Mark Hotel for "Amazing Grace," a conference
sponsored by the Shepherd Initiative, an ecumenical group that teaches
that homosexuality is OK with God. Speakers included liberal
evangelicals Tony and Peggy Campolo, as well as Presbyterian, Lutheran,
Baptist, Mennonite, and Methodist ministers and lay people.

Event "focus sessions" echoed the new pro-gay theology themes, but one
session on bisexuality revealed the confusion that results when sexual
ethics aren't grounded in Scripture. Two panelists addressed attendees:
United Church of Christ minister Elane O'Rourke, who says she is
bisexual but is currently married to a man; and Diane Drotleff, 28, a
former Lutheran and self-described "sexuality activist."

During the hour-long session, both panelists affirmed bisexuality as a
God-ordained expression of human relationships. Then a gay man stood
and tossed out a question: Did the panelists believe one must limit
sexual relationships to only two persons?

Rev. O'Rourke skirted the issue, saying "the Christian tradition
doesn't have a way of talking about polygamy." But Ms. Drotleff was
more direct: "I prefer to use the term poly-amory, loving more than one
person," she said, then announced that she is currently involved
sexually with a couple-a man and a woman.

"Hey, whatever floats your boat ... ," she continued. "I identify as a
feminist ... a bisexual, a Wiccan, currently in a polyamorous
relationship ... and I am thrilled to death that I was raised in a
Christian home. Even though I no longer identify as a Christian, I
still talk to Jesus."

Confused about sexuality? Here's the latest cure: Take two, go to bed and repeat every four hours -

1. "Jesus never said anything about homosexuality, so it can't be wrong,"

2. "Loving, monogamous relationships are compatible with Scripture, regardless of gender."

... and perhaps you too can be thrilled to death.

10:30:00 pm