In regard to the viewpoint written by Mr. Tom Holmes and published in the July 6 Journal ("Ambivalence on tolerance"), he states that "in a large sense, homosexuality is not so much the issue as much as it is the occasion to debate what for many is the more fundamental issue of the authority of the Bible." I beg to differ.
That homosexuality is the issue is reflected in the fact that Jesus said nothing at all about homosexuality, but had a lot to say about taking care of the poor (see the Sermon on the Mount).
In spite of the scandalous failure of our Christian community to make a strong faith witness to help the poor, no such heated debate is taking place about the "authority of the Bible" in relation to the church's lack of response to poverty in our midst. On the other hand, people who are homophobic find "the authority of the Bible" a convenient cover for their un-Christian hatred and fear.
Since few people actually have read the Bible, who can argue with them?