Christianity and Homosexuality
by Acharya SImage by James Curcio
Guffaw. Regarding Jerry Falwell's tantrum over the "Teletubbies," I wonder how he would respond to the following excerpt from my book "The Christ Conspiracy", from a chapter entitled "The Bible, Sex and Drugs." Please feel free to circulate it to find out.
As Aquinas said regarding the prohibition of prostitution, the repression of sex and the patriarchal hatred of women have indeed led to one of the behaviors most outwardly despised by Judaism and
Christianity: "sodomy," or homosexuality. In reality, in many places in the ancient world homosexuality was not considered a sin but was practiced for a variety of reasons. The Christian world, of course, has never been devoid of homosexuality, and Christianity's early representatives were compelled to address it, as in the Epistle of Barnabas. In Barnabas, the writer explains the "Laws of Diet" as laid down by Moses, including the following:
"Among other things, [Moses] also says, you are not to eat of the hare [Lev. 11:6], by which he means you are not to debauch young boys, or become like those who do; because the hare grows a fresh orifice in its backside every year, and has as many of these holes as the years of its life."
This paragraph is enlightening indeed, in that we discover not only that the debauching of young boys was a problem with the Christians but also that hares grow numerous orifices in their "backsides." It is also interesting that this "dietary law" apparently does not prohibit the debauching of older men.
Eusebius relates a passage from the works of Christian father Tatian concerning the Cynic philosopher Crescens that gives further insight into the climate of the day: "Crescens, for instance, who made his lair in the great city, went beyond everyone in his offences against boys . . . " The use of the term "everyone" is curious, in that it indicates that the writer himself and his compatriots were included in this category, rather than being outsiders. The statement also appears to express that this type of debauchery was common and socially acceptable, such that Crescens was evidently to be reviled not for his homosexuality itself but for his excessiveness.
As noted, the early Christians had some intriguing secret initiation rites, as also evidenced by the fragment of a letter purporting to be from Clement of Alexandria to one Theodore. In this letter, Clement repudiates the Gnostic-Christian sect of the Carpocratians and outlines secret scriptures that evidently had been originally in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, and contained "an account of the raising of a young man from the dead, a rite of initiation, and a brief excerpt of an encounter between Jesus and three women." In response to Theodore's questions, Clement relates the contents of this "Secret Gospel of Mark" as follows:
"And they come into Bethany. And a certain woman whose brother had died was there. And, coming, she prostrated herself before Jesus and says to him, 'Son of David, have mercy on me.' But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus being angered, went off with her into the garden where the tomb was, and straightaway a great cry was heard from the tomb. And going near Jesus rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb. And straightaway going in where the youth was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. And going out of the tomb they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days Jesus told him what to do and in the evening the youth comes to him, wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God. And thence, arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan."
In response to Theodore's questions, Clement further relates:
"After these words follows the text, 'And James and John come to him,' and all that section. But 'naked man with naked man,' and the other things about which you wrote, are not found.'"
The suggestion is, of course, that Christ and his followers were alleged to have engaged in homosexual rites. As Akerley says, "In the secret gospel, Christ emerges as a teacher and practitioner of forbidden occult practices with strong erotic overtones." However we wish to interpret this data, it would not be untruthful to assert that a measurable amount of homosexuality has gone on behind the doors of monasteries and churches from the beginning.
In fact, considering how much emphasis is placed on the male in patriarchal religion such as Christianity, in which monks are "married to the Church" and passionate lovers of Christ, it is ironic that homosexuality is overtly considered a terrible crime, with "those who have intercourse with males" being viewed as "blasphemers" who cannot enter into the "kingdom of heaven." Because of the vicious mentality towards homosexuality, which is purported to originate with the Deity "himself," homosexuals were driven to become monastics, in order to "purify" themselves of their overwhelming, "sinful" desires. This penitential sequestration has led to monasteries full of repressed homosexuals attempting to contain their urges but frequently failing, which is understandable considering the temptation all around. In other words, monasteries have served as "communal closets." In fact, this practice was common enough to warrant prohibition in the Secret Instructions of the Society of Jesus, i.e., the Jesuits:
"If two of ourselves have sinned carnally, he who first avows it will be retained in the Society; and the other will be expelled; but he who remains permanent, will be after such mortification and bad treatment, of sorrow, and by his impatience, and if we have occasion for his expulsion, it will be necessary for the future of it that it be done directly."
The orthodox Christian position towards homosexuality has been that it is a seductive temptation to be resisted at all costs, an interesting attitude, because homosexuality would in truth only be tempting to those who are initially inclined thus. Furthermore, a number of the Christian historicizers and conspirators also had serious problems with sex and women, such that it would not be farfetched to suggest they were homosexuals, repressed, closeted or otherwise, like the purported secret, rich, closeted homosexual fraternity of today called "Gamma Mu." One can find clues as to the homosexuality within their Christian brotherhood scattered here and there in the various writings of the early Church fathers, in secret gospels and allegedly in at least one unexpurgated canonical gospel, as noted. In any case, it can be argued with 100 percent certainty that monastic brotherhoods have often been the site of homosexual activity.
One of the most notorious of the "closeted" Christian homosexuals was in fact King James I, the patron of the King James Bible, which is so highly esteemed by evangelical Christians [of which Jerry Falwell is one]. As related by Otto Scott, King James "was a known homosexual who murdered his young lovers and victimized countless heretics and women. His cruelty was justified by his 'divine right' of kings."
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