jeepguySD saidThe cause of "religious freedom" is a hollow one, and nothing more than misdirection. If the issue was really about the freedom to do as one's religion prescribes, then the following would have to be permitted:
Fathers could sell their daughters into slavery (Exodus 21:7)
Any child (or son) who curses a parent would be put to death (Exodus 21:1, or Leviticus 20:9)
Anyone can own a slave, so long as the master does not beat the slave to death (Exodus 21:20)
Rebellious sons would be put to death (Deuteronomy 21:18 )
Blasphemy would be punished by death (Leviticus 24:19)
Adultery would be punished by death (Leviticus 20:10-12)
And so much more, all of which is illegal. So let's not pretend LGBT rights has anything to do with "religious freedom."
Christians often let their leaders get away with scapegoating gays, because the Bible justifies a litany of evil behavior, but rather than admit the sinister aspects of the "good book" they're content to turn a blind eye to human suffering and chalk it up to faith. Why take responsibly for awful behavior when it's ordained by a mythical man in the sky?
The Bible should not be considered to be a unified document. Parts of the OT are simply a reflection of ancient Hebrew culture much of which I'm sure God would not approve and never did. It may be included in the Bible to give us a better understanding of ancient Hebrew culture.
Some other parts of the OT are the history of the ancient Hebrews and we know that when people write their history they distort it to rationalize or hide some of the ghastly things they have done. Some versions of American history have been written like that so we should not be surprised that the ancient Hebrews have done the same thing.
Much of the Bible, including the Ten Commandments, was written to support social justice and to encourage respect for God. The parts written to support social justice, such as the Command not to bear false witness and not to murder, would surely be endorsed by all civilized people, even including people with no religion.
Obviously some fundamentalists use the Bible to rationalize unkind, unloving, and uncivilized behavior. They should not be permitted to get away with it.
Also, supporting complete freedom of religion would not be a reasonable thing to do
. Surely it would not be reasonable to support the "right" of some people to make a burned sacrifice of their first born children or to force their young daughters into marriage. Similarly, although perhaps less obviously, it would not be reasonable to support the "right" of some people to force their religious beliefs onto others or to discriminate against responsible people who whose relationships are "non-traditional".