I do not condone violence, and I do not believe that there is any
excuse for the kind of beating David Scondras got. My reaction to Scondras
("Scondras speaks," January One in Ten), though, is that I think he may
be lying. Naturally, I have no evidence other than certain rumors that have
circulated about him in the past. For instance, I seem to remember that
Scondras was implicated in a NAMBLA [North American Man Boy Love Association]
scandal back in the '80s. In a politically correct gay world, I suppose I would
"respect" people who solicit minors as just having a different preference, just
as I "respect" people in the BD/SM scene. But when the story of the beating
first broke, my reaction was a sarcastic "Yeah, that's a surprise" -- not
because I believed Scondras deserved it, but because there are violent,
confused young men out there who get off on beating up "faggots." If you
approach 16-year-old boys on the streets over a period of time, you are likely
to meet up with a kid crazy or desperate enough to try to rob or hurt you.
Via the Internet
While I remain relatively unfamiliar with the tenets of the Seventh Day
Adventist faith, the following thoughts come from a graduate seminarian, a
Christian theologian steeped in the tradition of Anglo-Catholicism (High
Episcopal). By presenting bold and biased opinion on sexuality and Jesus in an
open forum ("Sex & Jesus," January, One in Ten), David Valdes
Greenwood invited challenge and criticism.
His openness about his homosexuality is praiseworthy. The levity he brought to
the issue of sexuality and the conflict with his faith tradition are admirable.
However, his approach to Jesus Christ is offensive, irreverent, and highly
Perhaps he does not -- perhaps Adventists do not -- regard Jesus Christ as God
Incarnate. Or the Savior. He may regard Him solely a prophet; perhaps (God
forbid!) less than that. While I might support his issues where the
application of Christianity is at issue, I will not yield to
trivializing Jesus without challenge. Mine is a conservative, pre-Reformation
orthodox theology. This theology drives my faith. It is the center -- the core
-- of my spiritual belief.
"Sex" was a non-issue with Christ. Christ did not need sex. Were
Greenwood to understand Christ in the fully spiritual context, he would
realize this. Greenwood would also accept that were He alive today, He would
embrace homosexuals as equally as He embraced all marginalized people. He
likely would understand that homosexuality is normal behavior for homosexuals.
Your comment "Jesus didn't live long enough to know that" is crass,
unnecessary, and outright sacrilege.
Your anger, Mr. Greenwood, is at your church and your denomination; not Jesus
Christ! Please! Do not pin the inadequacies or failure of your denomination --
as you perceive them -- upon the Body of Christ.
M. Vincent Turner
David Valdes Greenwood responds: I would like to point out that the
piece was a humorous -- not theological -- take on the created Jesus of my
upbringing. My real belief is that Jesus was a charismatic teacher
getting plenty of good sex with Mary Magdalene.
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