At Malaysia Chronicle, which has plenty of discussion in the comments.
(Follow up letter can be found at True Christians Support Neither Homosexuality nor Hatred.)
Some of them prove my point that simply for not accepting homosexuality as God-ordained, I am automatically labeled a bigot. At least one (Asur) was confused by my Ann Coulter-style not-clearly-marked sarcasm. And wits0 has been quite active there.
Only after completing the letter did I realize that (as mentioned above) it echoes Ann Coulter’s style of alternating between sarcastic mocking and serious genuflection without clear markings.
Also, the closing two paragraphs recalls what she said at CPAC 2011’s Q & A session:
I was always friend of the gays… Then liberals come with this idea no one’s thought of for a thousand years – gay marriage. And I go to sleep one night being friend of the gays, I wake up the next day [a] homophobe! No! You can’t do that – you just made up this gay marriage thing.
It is one thing to be gay, as it is a fundamental right to be whatever people choose to be, but it is another matter to misrepresent Christianity.
Finally, see also Bible Passages That Oppose Homosexuality – Including the Words of Jesus and God Himself which is short-linked in the letter itself.
Original full text of my letter as follows, with added links to the Bible passages::
Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng is painting me as a bigot
I respect that from a humanistic point of view, homosexuals cannot be told who to romantically or erotically love. I also adhere to the Christian point of view all humanity is to be loved with a pure, innocent, godly and selfless love, regardless of their personal actions or philosophies.
However, I wish to point out the elephant in the room when it comes to Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng’s declared intention to hold a homosexual marriage ceremony in Malaysia, as well as his first starting up a ‘gay-friendly church’ in Malaysia back in 2007.
In saying that his church is accepting of homosexuality, that homosexuality is moral and acceptable within Christianity, that homosexual marriage under Christianity is correct, that he will pray for those who oppose his ideas…
He is openly implying that EVERY OTHER CHRISTIAN AND CHURCH that does not hold his view IS WRONG.
Anglicans, Baptists, Brethrens, Evangelicals, Methodists, Roman Catholics, independents… Let it be known that all 2 million of you in Malaysia are COMPLETELY WRONG about the Christian faith you claim to practice, and are bigots to boot!
A denomination does not believe homosexuality is permitted in the Bible? It is wrong in interpreting the Holy Scriptures, especially the multitude of passages (http://alturl.com/pn7a4) which seem to grievously condemn homosexuality (but really don’t – psych!).
A Christian does not believe that their religion condones homosexuality? He or she must be a bigot, homophobic, hateful, intolerant, closed-minded, discriminatory, backwards, unjust, and even un-Christian.
A church refuses to recognize homosexual marriage? It should replace its SINFUL HATE with the love that Jesus commanded! Where is the love, people???
(Never mind that Jesus had the perfect chance to overturn ‘prejudiced’ Old Testament mindsets about relationships, sexuality and marriage by phrasing Matthew 19 and Mark 10 as: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife OR HUSBAND, and the two will become one flesh” – yet didn’t!)
Basically, Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng has appeared out of the blue with teachings and controversial announcements that are jarringly out of sync with the beliefs of mainstream Christianity – yet somehow EVERYONE ELSE is now the villain and destroyer of the peace!
My stand remains the same as it has always been: People should be free to do what they want as long as they do not infringe on others.
Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng’s loudly declaring his intention to hold a ‘Christian’ wedding reception is roughly and antagonistically infringing on every other Christian and church that does not agree with his views.
I personally believe homosexuals should be free to live the lifestyles they choose – but please don’t attempt to subvert and hijack 2000 years of Christianity and clear Biblical instructions and publicly paint ME as the transgressor here.
We 2 million ‘others’ in Malaysia DO love and accept homosexuals as persons. We just cannot accept that simply because we believe God’s original, perfect intention (Genesis 1:27 and 2:24) does not include homosexuality, we are suddenly no longer true Christians but instead hate-filled bigots.
SCOTT THONG YU YUEN
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