Wonderfully clever and effective speech! But it doesn't change the fact that passages like Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are pretty clear that homosexuality is a abominable sin punishable by death. The Bible DOES condemn homosexuality; there are NO explicitly pro-gay-rights passages in the Bible. So the question isn't "Does the Bible support gay rights?" (it doesn't), but rather "Why should we listen to what the Bible says on this issue at all?" Why not simply use our modern moral reasoning to support equal rights instead?
You make an excellent point, Brett, but as I'm sure you are aware, fundamentalist Christians cannot accept using a source of wisdom besides the Bible. It would be wonderful if we could convince parts of the population that sometimes the Bible is wrong about things—or if one might hesitate to say wrong because morality is relative and the words right and wrong are sometimes meaningless, "irrelevant" might suffice—but unfortunately the need to turn to the Bible as the one and only guiding document is a belief that some will cling to no matter what the evidence to the contrary suggests.
This is amazing! Jesus preached the Golden rule - do unto your neighbor as you would do unto yourself. So, with that train of thought, we cannot justify the oppression of a certain group of people, if we wouldn't oppress ourselves. Jesus was a socialist, he was a crazy liberal, and always stood up for the disenfranchised and the under dog - and the Bible is stock FULL of examples of that. He stopped the stoning of the adulterous woman (by the way, where was the adulterous man in this story?), and invited a tax collector (one of the most hated people at that time) to be one of his disciples. So really, if we REALLY examine it, Christianity promotes inclusion of ALL. Anyone who uses their faith as an excuse to exclude people is just twisting religious text to fit their own agenda.
Some in the spiritual arena of thought accept as true that they "must stop" the "gay agenda, whatever that might be. Of course, there are folks who are very obstinate in the GLBT community about certain issues such as gay marriage and they demand to be heard and are vocal on the following stage over this debate. When I read the gentleman's essay arguing that no one is born gay, I certainly understood where he was coming from, as he felt as if the ""gay agenda" had come too far, and so, he is just as adamant about pushing back now