We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Christian interviewee makes some cogent points, but I'm surprised that when the interviewer tries to draw equivalence between not serving at a gay marriage and Jim Crow, the interviewee does not make a more pointed argument that Jim Crow was IMPOSED on all businesses.
The interviewee also allowed the point that homosexuality was not a choice - and maybe he believes that. My view is that it is a choice for some and not for others. Since it exists in all cultures and all time periods, one can't assert that it is not a choice for some, but it seems clear to me that for some, it is a choice and that choice is easier when more social barriers against it are torn down.
It seems obvious to me that Laviticus is about rules for the society. Some rules are for health like the prohibition against eating shellfish and pork since it could kill you. Others are social such as the prohibition against homosexuality - probably primarily to help increase the tribe, and that maybe sanctioning even "honest" homosexuality might be seen by some whose view of sex was purely hedonistic as license to channel that desire in a way that did not benefit the tribe.
I find it somewhat interesting to note that while homosexuality is prohibited, it is not in any of the lists of "deadly sins".
Actually, the scriptures against homosexuality are stronger in the New Testament than they are in the Old.
It is part of the larger category of sin that the lists of deadly sins would call "Lust," and the original Greek of the New Testament called porneia, now usually translated into English as "sexual immorality."
Yes, but homosexuality is usually found in in a list of sins of which St Paul is seriously unfond; we tend to ignore the other sins. The Epistle for Easter Sunday (traditional liturgy listed the following: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, covetousness which is idolatry, wrath, anger, malice, slander filthy talk, lying - "cast off the old self with its evil deeds"(Colossians 3). And Galatians 5 gives an even longer list of "works of the flesh", along with a counter list of the "fruit of the Spirit".