The Colorado Independent has posted an audio clip from Colorado state Sen. Scott Renfroe explaining his opposition to Senate Bill 88 (which we mentioned here and which would add domestic partners to the list of dependents eligible for coverage under state employee group benefit plans,) by rattling off a bunch of Bible verses and then comparing homosexuality to murder.
In a rambling and borderline incoherent speech, Renfroe proclaimed his opposition to the measure based on the fact that “homosexuality is seen as a violation of this natural, created order and it is an offense to God, the Creator, who created men and women, male and female, for procreation” and then citing various Bible verses to back up his point:
Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13 says, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act and they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.”
But then Renfroe took it a step further, saying that the government shouldn’t be writing “laws that go against what Biblically we are supposed to stand for” and “taking sins and making them to be legally OK.” To illustrate his point he, naturally, compares homosexuality to murder:
I’m not saying (homosexuality) is the only sin that is out there. Obviously we have sin — we have murder, we have, we have all sorts of sin, we have adultery, and we don’t make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal. But what I’m saying that for is that all sin is equal. That sin there is as equal to any other sin that’s in the Bible, to having wandering eyes, to coveting your neighbor’s things. Whatever you do, that sin is equal and it can be forgiven because of that.
Here is the audio – skip ahead to about the 1:30 mark, as that is when Renfroe really gets going:
Given that Renfroe is obviously a learned Bible scholar and committed Christian, it only stands to reason that his position that our laws should reflect what the Bible says will lead him to introduce a variety of other laws based on what the book of Leviticus decrees, such as outlawing the planting of field with two kinds of seed or the wearing of clothing woven from two kinds of material, and instituting the death penalty for anyone who curses their parents, commits adultery, or blasphemes the name of the Lord.