This hateful anti-gay rhetoric is shouted in #Philadelphia (1993), starring those giants in their field, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
I saw it in the theaters when I was 10. I’ll never forget that line.
It comes down to Genesis, they often say. Adam and Eve, man and woman. That’s how it was meant to be.
If they wanted to take the first story of creation, from Genesis 1, there are no names in it at all.
Female and male, God created them. So, LITERALLY, God looks like both. Or neither. Or a conglomeration. Or God is a hermaphrodite.
In Hebrew, adam is created from adamah — earth, dirt, ground.
— Rabbi Yirmyah ben Elazar
So another human is created. From the side of the first human. Flesh from my flesh. What a breathtaking moment.
The two of them were naked, the two humans, but they weren’t embarrassed.
What a gorgeous interpretation of what it means to be human. To have named the rest of living beings in creation, but still feeling alone.
Then finding another human.
A sigh, a murmur. This one, finally.
That’s not only wrong; it’s simply not biblical.