“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” – C.S. Lewis
Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper recently penned a piece for Salon in which she lambastes the “bigoted” version of Jesus conservatives have allegedly created. She wrote the piece in light of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The logical faults in Cooper’s piece are an embarrassment of riches, but to write of all of them would be unproductive and quite frankly, excruciating.
So, after much consideration, I have landed upon what I see as Cooper’s most flawed statement. To fell her most logically fallacious assertion is to put into question the credibility of her entire argument, leaving no need to address each issue, because once credibility is struck, everything else falls like a house of cards in puff of air.
While defending gay marriage and premarital sex, Cooper writes:
“Of the many things Jesus preached about, he never found time to even mention gay people, let alone condemn them.”
This one sentence cripples Cooper’s credibility. She is correct that Jesus himself—at least that we have recorded—never spoke directly of homosexuality. In Cooper’s view, Christ’s omission is a tacit acceptance of homosexual behavior. Cooper believes that because Christ himself never directly condemned homosexuality, he did not consider it a sin.
This is troubling for Cooper, however, because Christ himself spoke specifically of very few sins. For example, Christ never specifically spoke of bestiality, pedophilia, or incest. These behaviors are strongly condemned throughout the rest of the bible on numerous occasions—much like homosexuality—but as Cooper seems intent on only following the exact words of Christ and not a letter more, we cannot look to the “bigoted” texts that were written by mere men.
Given her own line of reasoning, Cooper must admit that the triumvirate of disgusting behaviors I mentioned above are perfectly acceptable in the eyes of Christ.
Does anyone reading this believe that esteemed Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper would go on record condoning beastiality, pedophilia, and incest? I doubt it. But there it is. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Or in Cooper’s case, live by selective scripture, die by selective scripture.
As Giorgio Napolitano said, “It takes a lot of effort to win back credibility after having lost it so heavily.”
But perhaps Brittney Cooper has done something in which she can take pride. She utterly destroyed her credibility in the span of just twenty beautifully stupid words.
That has to be a record. Props, Britt.