The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer says he’s not in favor of putting gays and lesbians in jail — he just wants them to be forced to go to “effective reparative therapy” to cure them of being gay. Someone apparently wrote to him to complain that he had suggested legal sanctions for homosexuality and he wanted to clear up any misconceptions. So he wrote back. Here’s what he said:
Thanks for writing me about my comments on my program regarding homosexuality.
It might be worth noting that what I actually suggested is that we impose the same sanctions on those who engage in homosexual behavior as we do on those who engage in intravenous drug abuse, since both pose the same kind of risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. I’d be curious to know what you think should be done with IV drug abusers, because whatever it is, I think the same response should be made to those who engage in homosexual behavior.
If you believe that what drug abusers need is to go into an effective detox program, then we should likewise put active homosexuals through an effective reparative therapy program.
Secondly, I’m afraid you’re simply wrong about the Bible’s perspective on the law and homosexuality.
Paul lists quite explicitly in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 the actions and behaviors that are the proper concern of the law:
“Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine…”
The bottom line here is that, biblically, those “who practice homosexuality” should come under the purview of the law just as much as those who take people captive in order to sell them into slavery.
You express a belief in the Scriptures, and I trust your confidence in Scripture is not selective. If you believe all Scripture is inspired, then you are compelled to accept that legal sanctions may appropriately be applied to those who engage in homosexual behavior.
Thank you for contacting us, and I hope this response will help you think in a thorough and biblical way about this important social issue.
Host, “Focal Point” radio program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association
Okay, so wanting to force all gays and lesbians into “reparative therapy” is vile enough. A Clockwork Orange, anyone? But notice that he’s using that verse from Paul to justify using civil and criminal law against homosexuals because that is one of the things listed by Paul as those for whom the law is given.
But notice who else is listed: the “ungodly and sinners,” the “pfrofane” and the “sexually immoral” — which, according to the Bible, means anyone not a virgin on their wedding day. If he’s consistent, he also must be demanding legal sanctions for those things as well. Welcome to the Orwellian world of theocracy.