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Gwyneth Paltrow discusses Gays and the Bible

Gwyneth Paltrow sends out newsletter discussing homosexuality and The Bible.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 10th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Gwyneth Paltrow discusses Gays and the Bible

Gwyneth Paltrow has shared many of her thoughts and experiences with loyal readers on her website, GOOP, since 2008. The actress usually covers topics such as yummy cheeses and unique travel spots. Today, however, she’s decided to approach a more controversial subject- Homosexuality and The Bible.

In her weekly newsletter, Paltrow writes about our attitudes towards gays and lesbians, and how misinterpretations of the Bible can create tragedies.

Paltrow, mother of Apple (7) and Moses (5) express her belief that homophobia causes extreme separation in our society.

'A few months ago, in the heat of the tragic teen suicides that came about from intolerance of homosexuality, I saw a man on television who was apologizing for wishing death on gays from his Facebook page,' she explained.

'This member of an Arkansas school board was contrite for the violence in his words, but maintained that his values pertaining to homosexuality would remain, as he felt homosexuality was condemned in the bible.'

'This concept, while foreign to me,' she continued, 'is interesting, as it used to justify so much judgmentand separation in our society.'

Paltrow does not blatantly blame the Christian church for these behaviours, but does question whether the Bible truly condemns homosexuality.

‘What does it actually say in the bible that will cause some people to be upset by my line of thinking?' Paltrow asked.

Paltrow felt that writing this newsletter was necessary after an exchange she had with her daughter, Apple.

‘When my daughter came home from school one day saying that a classmate had two mommies,' she writes, 'my response was, 'Two mummies? How lucky is she?!'

Read the full newsletter at www.goop.com.

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