The word homosexual was did not exist in the English language even as late as 1900, much less in the time of King James when the bible was translated. Homosexual refers to sexual orientation, which sex is more appealing. It has nothing to do with sexual activity. For example, straight men can have sex with other men in prison, all the while fantasising about women. They are not homosexual because they prefer women. They are just making do, as they might make do with masturbation. On the other hand, a homosexual man might out of fear of HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) be completely celibate. He is still homosexual.
Normally we do not punish people for what they think, only for what they do. Christians imagine they are obligated to punish homosexuals simply for what they think. Part of the problem comes from translation problems of the Greek words asenokoites (male temple prostitute) and malakos (young male prostitute). The King James I Corinthians 6:9 prudishly translated these terms into abusers of themselves with mankind and effeminate respectively. The original bible is complaining about the physical act of male prostitution, not the thought crime of being attracted to a guy. The love of Jonathan and David surpassing the love of women was celebrated.
The Christians are ignoring their own bible. They are using it as a excuse for malice and mayhem to scapegoat homosexuals. It is absurd that Christians consider tormenting gays the most important commandment when their bible commands no such thing.
Further, in that same verse, the bible condemns adulterers and people of other religions. We don’t see Christians putting nearly so much effort into making life miserable for them.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)