Another member of the Gutenberg alumni community has been speaking up about Jack Crabtree’s recent and ongoing “Ethics of Sex in the Bible” series. I want to highlight this alumni voice and share excerpts from four recent posts. These posts are from The Girl Who Was Thursday’s blog, House of Water:
I am bisexual. I have both emotionally fallen for and felt physical attraction for boys and emotionally fallen for and felt physical attraction for girls. I was raised in a very Christian home where my parents referred to our one lesbian relative as Aunt Sewer. If I go on pretending to be straight I can probably continue peaceable interactions with my family. If I break all ties and declare myself Bi I could get- I don’t know- a merit badge from the anti-Christ? A romantic partner? Peace of mind?
…There was a period of my life where the phenomena of bisexuality occurred in my life and I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t have words for it. It was like Columbus’ ships sailing up to my island, to put it into a metaphor familiar to Gutenbergers. I can testify that I did, in fact, see the ships. I just didn’t know how to talk about them. Or that there was anything to talk about.
Part of this phase was spent at Gutenberg. I can name the girls and the boys I had crushes on at Gutenberg.
I do view what [Jack Crabtree] refers to as Biblical Sexual Ethics (I am far from convinced the Bible presents an account as coherent as he makes it out to) as repressive.
But not of people’s sexuality.
It represses their actual identities in favor of artificially constructed personas. It forces them to pretend to be things that they aren’t- to try and make themselves into things that they never will be- in order to fit in with whatever interpretation of the Bible happens to be in vogue at the time.
To cast their own souls out into the wilderness as scapegoats or else sacrifice themselves on the Altar of What We Think God wants.
Perhaps there are people to whom the sexuality Mr. Crabtree approves is normal and natural. The full expression of their identity would reflect this. An it harm none, I applaud them and wish them well.
However, my sexuality is not what is described here. Those whose sexuality is more ‘biblical’ than mine would feel incredibly persecuted if they had to spend their lives pretending to be what I am- faking their way through social situations- policing themselves to prevent any little slip up that would give the game away-
standing next to a person they were suddenly and irrationally convinced was the most wonderful amazing person in the world and possibly the reason for the existence of the universe-
And not say anything, or meet their eyes too long.
They would not like pretending to be me. So why, if we are doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, do they insist that I pretend to be them?
Curiously enough, Mr. Crabtree wasn’t really being honest with us about the whole ‘Bible is highest authority’ thing.
In the list of subjects for which the Bible is the primary source of instruction, do you see what’s missing?
The STEM sciences. And Psychology.
For authority on those subjects, one must look elsewhere. Interestingly enough, these disciplines demand their hypotheses have testable feature that allow their veracity to be determined. Psychology must produce accurate enough results that people will purchase therapy, and that the police agencies investing in Criminal Psychology Training will have improved results and want more.
The disciplines of which the Bible is an authority?
No verification is required.
He doesn’t tell us why he’s let the STEMs and Pych off the hook. Perhaps that’s all we need to know.
I hardly expected my teacher to call me animalistic, morally disgusting, viscerally repulsive, an abomination, and to create special category of sinner for me along with pedophiles, sadists, and sociopaths (Section IV E)-
Publically, for all the world to see.
My family agrees with him, you know.
I do not believe I have earned this from him.
I recommend clicking the links above and reading each post in its entirety. Be sure to follow the House of Water blog as well to receive notifications about future posts from this alumni.