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Jimmy Carter: 'Jesus Never Said a Word About Homosexuality'

Jimmy Carter talks about homosexuality, the Bible, and gay marriage in his new book, NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter:

CarterHomosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.

I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.

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  1. Um...pretty sure you can get legally married at a courhouse. Churches haven't been required for marriage for a long time

    Posted by: Josh | Mar 19, 2012 6:50:41 PM

  2. you gotta love a guy who desires to pacify no one...

    Political people today would NEVER make such a frank, an honest statement.

    Posted by: petensfo | Mar 19, 2012 6:51:54 PM

  3. So, basically, what he's saying is that laws should be based on what the Bible says? Wow, so progressive!

    Posted by: borut | Mar 19, 2012 7:04:35 PM

  4. OOOOOoooooo Pat Robertson isn't going to like President Carter anymore!!!!

    Posted by: Dale | Mar 19, 2012 7:08:41 PM

  5. I can't imagine anyone asking for or demanding a church to perform a ceremony they don't want to perform. Surely he isn't thinking anyone wants that, does he? All the efforts at marriage equality have been to ensure that the state respects the marriage of gays and affords them the benefits the same as heterosexuals. Who CARES what the cults do in performing ceremonies? Really!

    Posted by: candideinnc | Mar 19, 2012 7:10:33 PM

    I think what President Carter was doing was taking the wind out o the sails of the Christian-Right who use the Bible to condem the LGBT community desire to marry.

    Posted by: Dale | Mar 19, 2012 7:12:23 PM

  7. Uh no @Borut, he's saying that gay marriage doesn't conflict with his religious views. And given that he said it in a book about the bible, he provides a religious justification.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 19, 2012 7:16:24 PM

  8. No, BORUT, that is not what he said . . . that is what you said.

    It is sad when gays don't recognize who their advocate are. Jimmy Carter split from his denomination because of their stance on equal rights for gays; and he said he supported equal marriage for gays. His stance that churches should not be forced to admit gays into their congregations, advocate for gay rights, and perform marriage ceremonies of gays goes to his stance on the First Amendment, freedom of religion, not his stance on gay marriage.

    Jimmy Carter is progressive, especially as a politician because he has always said things that were not smartly political, things that did not serve his best interests as a politician.

    He lost his reelection to Ronald Regan because he addressed the nation, exhorting the nation to tighten their belts, to start exploring alternate means of energy, to become less reliant on foreign oil.

    American's do not like to be told to tighten their belts, and Ronald Regan won because he pooh-poohed Carter, and got American's to laugh at Carter and his ideas. Carter had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House, which Regan removed when he stepped into office . . . now time has shown how right Carter was all along.

    You need to know a little more about our history as a nation, about the history of the 39th president before attacking an advocate of gays.

    Had Carter been in office, instead of Regan, the history of the AIDS epidemic would have been vastly different.

    He is called a failed president, one of the worse presidents. Why? Because he was too honest. People make fun of politicians, go on about the innate greasiness and corruption of politicians, then when they get an honest politician in the highest office of the country, they do not support him.

    It was not Carter who failed, but the American people who failed.

    And there is no bigger failure than not knowing who your advocates are.

    Posted by: Ricco | Mar 19, 2012 7:22:00 PM

  9. RICCO = My Hero

    Posted by: Marcito | Mar 19, 2012 7:26:32 PM

  10. Amen, Ricco. Amen.

    Posted by: Ray | Mar 19, 2012 7:33:39 PM

  11. Uh, Jimmy. It's worth mentioning that no one has ever suggested legislation that would require churches to conduct gay weddings, that the whole brouhaha is over equal access to civil marriage, and that meanwhile the religious freedom of gay americans and gay friendly congregations and denominations is actually being infringed.

    Posted by: M | Mar 19, 2012 7:37:20 PM

  12. Josh...his statement isn't clear. He didn't mean that currently only churches marry people. He meant that if a gay couple asked to be married in a particular church, that church should not be required to honor the request.

    Posted by: Willy J | Mar 19, 2012 7:40:04 PM

  13. You must consider this mans age life experiences he is a very progressive thinker. I so much admire that and when I am his age...bring it on!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Mar 19, 2012 7:47:25 PM

  14. He's wrong. It's right there in the Bible, right after the part where Jesus says the the US federal government should only offer marriage benefits to same sex couples. :)

    Posted by: David | Mar 19, 2012 7:48:16 PM

  15. There are SEVERAL mentions of Homosexuality in the Word. JESUS ISSSSSS THE WORD MADE FLESH so He said EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE Here's JUST One Mention: Leviticus 18:22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

    Posted by: tracy Lee | Mar 19, 2012 7:56:07 PM

  16. I love President Carter. And now I love Ricco too!

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Mar 19, 2012 7:59:09 PM

  17. Love this man, always have. I must get his book for my mother who, even tho a non-questioning lifelong repug, admires Carter. This kind of thing could help change unchangeable minds. Well done, Mr. President!

    Excellent point Ricco made about how differently the AIDS crisis would've played out had Carter been in office. It may not have been perfect, but it would have been addressed at the highest level, and SOMEthing would have been done a helluva lot sooner.

    Posted by: jim | Mar 19, 2012 8:01:48 PM

  18. Tracy, President Carter was referring to the New Testament when he referred to Jesus. Your reference is in the Old testament. Try and find something in the new testament attributed to Jesus where he said anything about homosexuality.. you won't and that's why President Carter said what he did and it forms the basis of his belief system regarding gays.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 19, 2012 8:10:08 PM

  19. ricco - that got me HARD :D

    well said!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 8:10:48 PM

  20. Uh, Tracy, you may want to re-think that whole "Jesus is the word made flesh" ideology. Not every word in the Bible is good news.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Mar 19, 2012 8:30:59 PM

  21. "I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people."

    Jimmy, please identify any influential organization, LGBT or otherwise, that is asking for this.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 19, 2012 8:33:05 PM

  22. Ricco - great job.

    Posted by: Droc | Mar 19, 2012 8:33:51 PM

  23. Well, I guess this means he has evolved somewhat. When he was running for office he promised the gay community he would issue and executive order forbidding discrimination in the federal government. After he was elected he failed to deliver on is promise because he just couldn't bring himself to do it. The man who said he would never lie had no difficulty lying to gay people.

    Posted by: Dr.Duk | Mar 19, 2012 8:34:38 PM

  24. TRACY LEE:

    You are breaking the 9th commandment. You have born false witness not only of gays, but of your lord himself:

    "... One Mention: Leviticus 18:22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin....Posted by: tracy Lee'..."

    A) Leviticus is in the old testament.

    B) Jesus is the word 'made NEW' and thus there is a new testament.

    C) jesus said the old ways are gone forever. ...follow only His NEW way: do unto thy neighbor, do not judge.

    C) Leviticus does NOT say "homosexuality" says "man shall not lie with a MOLOCHITE" - or temple priest who absolves sins thru sex purification.

    Only your ignorant bastardized american version (culled from the poorly translated King James) puts a 19th century word (homosexual) into a 1st century fable....and have morons like you believe it.

    BTW I suppose your diety has no problem with people doing it while standing up.

    Especially if we're all supposed to take it literally...


    Posted by: Mic | Mar 19, 2012 8:36:13 PM

  25. So RICCO, any more room on your fanwagon? I'd like to jump on.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 19, 2012 8:37:58 PM

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