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"God is indeed a homophobe" - Ron Paul Curriculum Author Who Wants Stoning, Biblical Slavery

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"Because of this confusion in terminology between indentured servitude and permanent slavery, any forthright discussion of slavery in the Old Testament is likely to create many initial misunderstandings. The only form of permanent slavery in the Old Testament was the enslavement of heathens: "Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession."

Footnote #2: As Gary North muses, on page 108 of Tools For Dominion, in a the subsection Homosexuality and God's Penal Sanctions

 

"Homosexual behavior was a capital crime in the Old Testament (Lev. 20:13). Is it still a capital crime today? Virtually all non-theonomic interpreters draw back from this politically embarrassing (in 1989) conclusion."

In a caustic footnote on page 101, North goes into details on more categories of miscreants deserving of death-by-stoning:

 

You can almost hear the sneer in the words of Ed Dobson (who until March of1987 was vice president of student affairs at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and who also served as editor of Falwell's Fundamentalist Journal) and Ed Hindson (pro-fessor of religion at Liberty University): "Some of Rushdoony's followers, in order to prepare the world for Christ's second coming, have called for laws mandating the death penalty for homosexuals and drunkards." They wrote this in a non-Christian magazine: ''Apocalypse Now?", Policy Review (Fall 1986), p. 20. First, they would be hard-pressed to find any follower of Rushdoony who has called for the death penalty simply for drunkenness, nor do they mention anyone who has. This was a classic "cheap shot." The passage that they presumably are referring to, Deuteronomy 21:20, calls for the death penalty of rebellious sons, who manifest their rebellion as drunkards and gluttons, and whose parents are required by God to testify to this fact before the civil magistrates. Such sons are therefore rebels against lawfully constituted authority (parents), and are to receive the death penalty. Second, with respect to homosexual acts, the Bible clearly calls for the death penalty (Lev. 20:13), as these men surely know. Yet they try to trick their non-Christian audience into blaming unnamed followers of R. J. Rushdoony for this supposed embarrassment, rather than blaming its "shamefully unliberal" perpetrator, God. God's response to this antinomian embarrassment is AIDS. To say that such antinomian arguments by these biblical law-hating Christians are merely misleading is giving them far too much credit."

On pages 44-45, North describes his philosophy of stoning:

 

Stoning was a communal activity, an aspect of the civil covenant: sanctions...

Public stoning forces citizens to face the reality of the ultimate civil sanction, execution, which in turn points to God's ultimate sanction at judgment day. Stoning also faithfully images the promised judgment against Satan: the crushing of his head by the promised Seed (Gen. 3:15). Because most people, including Christians, do not want to think about God's final judgment, they prefer to assign to distant unknown executioners the grim task of carrying out God's judgment in private. This privatization of execution is immoral; it is itself criminal. It is unjust to the convicted criminal,41 and it is unjust to the surviving victims, who do not see God's justice done in public. The systematic impersonalism of capital punishment is the problem, not capital punishment as such. This deliberate impersonalism has corrupted the entire penal system today.42"