[Ed. – Not that we’d ever suggest they’re stupid or anything, over there at the Times. To reemphasize what Williams says: there is NO call anywhere in the New Testament for anyone to execute gays. In fact, Paul makes clear in several passages in his letters that the specific punishments of the Law laid out in the Torah need no longer be administered, because Jesus paid the full price for all the sins they applied to.]
The New York Times’ sloppiness when reporting on Christianity is proverbial, but perhaps none of its prior errors equals its claim this week that the apostle Saint Paul commanded Christians to kill the homosexuals among them.
With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to “a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays,” meaning Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans 1:18-32.
As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.