Bartlet interrupts his remarks to the room and engages Jacobs directly.
"I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination," Bartlet snarkily observes.
Then he sets about completely decimating the chief justification for homosexuality being a sin -- the Book of Leviticus -- by rattling off a series of other things which the Bible condemns as abominations such as growing two crops side-by-side, touching the skin of a pig on the Sabbath, wearing garments of two different threads and so forth.
Knowing how this fantastic bit of television writing by Aaron Sorkin has been out there for so long, you'd think the flimsy Leviticus-says-homosexuality-is-a-sin argument would have died a long time ago. It's such an inherently weak position to take, but on the contrary it's returned in full force in several states where proposals for "Right to Refuse" laws have emerged. If passed, these laws would allow business owners to refuse service to homosexuals based upon religious objections. The most infamous law was recently introduced in Arizona.
And now, in addition to homosexuality being considered a sin by these people, businesses who serve homosexuals are evidently "aiding and abetting" the sin.
At least that's what Erick Erickson tweeted on Friday.
The squinty conservative fire-eater was debating a fellow Fox News contributor and USA Today writer, Kirsten Powers, who came out against the Arizona law, referring to as a "Jim Crow law." And she's right. It is.
Powers noted in her column that prison ministers work with obvious "sinners," unrepentant murderers and the like, so why shouldn't businesses serve homosexuals? In response, Erickson wrote that prison ministry happens after the sin is committed, but business owners (they agreed that work is a form of ministry) who sell goods and services to homosexuals are "aiding and abetting" the sin... [CONTINUE READING HERE]