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Biblical excuse for homophobia shut down in one simple tweet

Twitter user @RussInChesire — who describes himself as an “INTJ, feminist, centre-left/green” designer, data analyst, and portrait painter — tweeted the perfect retort for anyone who leans on the Bible to support their homophobia.

Russ tweeted the clapback in June 2018, but the post recently found new life online.

Related: Dear Religious Right: Stop using The Bible as a weapon of homophobia

Christian opponents to homosexuality often cite Leviticus 18:22, which reads, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

But David Lose, Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, observed in a 2011 HuffPost article that there’s “considerable debate” about that verse and similar passages — e.g. whether they refer to “consensual homosexual practice” and whether they were born out of, say, the importance of procreation to the nomadic Israelites.

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FYI, the Bible also forbids eating pork or shrimp, getting tattoos, gossiping, and — checks notesgetting rounded haircuts.