by Michael Brown
In his April 3rd column, "Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana," Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, "beliefs ossified over centuries aren't easily shaken."
Bruni, for his part, wants to shake us free from our fossilized faith.
According to Bruni, who evidences little or no understanding of how believers view the Scriptures (namely, as God's inspired Word), if we hold to the view that homosexual practice is sinful, this is our "decision" and "choice."
So, ironically, whereas homosexuality was once considered a choice, now what we believe about homosexuality is a choice.
After all, he argues, the belief that homosexual practice is sinful "prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since—as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing."
So, Bruni thinks he can simply dismiss the Scriptures as "ancient texts," explaining that "all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras."