The Gospel According to Carville: Jesus on Gays

The following verbatim, disjointed statement was made by James Carville and aired November 14 on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In an attempt by the Democrat Party strategist to ridicule the successful Republican effort to make moral values an issue in the Nov. 2 general election, he opened the faucet on this stream of consciousness:

Nobody becomes a Democrat because they want to ban gay marriage. It’s just not–and you can’t–Kerry’s position was he was against gay marriage, he was against amendment for civil unions. That’s about where you can go. I think what happens here is that a lot of Democrats feel like that–this whole definition is about somebody, a particular branch of Christianity’s view of what it is. I mean, I think you can make a very good argument–in fact, there’s a much better argument–that Jesus was very sympathetic; in fact, he never said a word about the gay–and in the whole New Testament, Jesus Christ himself was so concerned about the issue he never uttered a single word about it.

–Transcript provided by Meet the Press

One would think that Sunday morning, of all mornings, is a time when even yahoos might try not to muck up the Lord’s agenda, even on Meet the Press. Nevertheless, as a Ragin’ Cajun who peddles hot political sauce for a living, James Carville apparently thinks otherwise. Despite Carville’s inability to speak a simple, non-garbled declarative sentence, he ultimately asserted with a liberal spin that Jesus 1) “never said a word” about homosexuals and 2) He “was very sympathetic” to them.

Carville’s statement is not correct, of course–an error unchallenged by razor-sharp “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert or Carville’s180-degree-positioned, pro- Republican wife, presidential adviser Mary Matalan, who usually and mercilessly shoots down her hubby’s most outlandish guff on their joint TV appearances. Russert and Matalan both should have chided unsaintly James for ignoring Gospel messages that never seem to faze people who avoid or mischaracterize the Bible’s facts:

  • Jesus warns that widespread homosexual culture present in the world will be eliminated (“destroyed,” actually) when He returns to restore the rule of God: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot . . . the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:29-30).
  • Jesus also tells humanity that homosexuality can be the basis for dissolving marriage. “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery” (Mark 19-9). The Greek word for fornication is porneia, which means any illicit sexual relationship, including homosexual activity (porneia specifically denotes homosexuality in Jude 1:7, by referring to the rampant same-gender [“strange flesh”] sins that sealed the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah).
  • Jesus makes it quite clear that men and women (not men and men, or women and women) are designed by God for sexual union, and then only in the state of marriage: “From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh. . . . What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4-6).

Maybe tongue-tied campaign gurus should stop making the rounds of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox every Sunday morning and instead drop by one of those places where millions of people actually study Jesus’ words. They’re called churches, and are rather popular in the Red States, which Mr. Carville badly needs to visit.