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Lessons From Life
By Jimmy Carter
The follow interview with President Carter was posted in the Huffington Post on March 19, 2012. I found it both interesting and surprising. If President Carter, as a Baptist Sunday School Teacher has an open mind on homosexuality, and apparently he does, it is a huge indicator of the progress which is being made to bring about not only equal rights and equal protections under the law for homosexual people, but also an indicator of the acceptance of homosexuality as a normal expression of human sexuality in the collective minds of the average American.
The interview with President Carter touches only briefly on homosexuality itself, but the general attitudes of tolerance and reason which Carter expresses throughout the interview should be a breath of fresh air for those who only know the fundamental unreasoning face of Christianity. It should be of particular interest to those homosexual guys who feel there is a divide between their faith and their sexuality.
If you're a guy who is struggling with his homosexuality or his bisexuality, I hope you find the interview with President Carter encouraging and comforting. There is no doubt that Carter is a Bible scholar. That he has an open mind on homosexuality is a bellwether of the change that is taking place in this country in the way the average citizen looks at homosexuality.
For religious guys who struggle with the religious implications of their homosexuality, the attitude that Carter expresses should unequivocally point out that not all Christians see homosexuality as an abomination or even as a sin. Those who struggle with their sexuality and their religious faith should also be comforted that Cater, even as a fundamentalist, understands that the Bible is not the literal word of God.
Caters interview is proof that one can be both highly educated and still be a person of faith and reason.
"NIV" in the bio adjacent to President Carter's picture refers to the New International Version of the Bible. Many Baptists, as well as other fundamental groups who see the King James version of the Bible as the literal word of God have rejected the NIV. It is interesting to see that President Carter has not.