Thursday, June 16, 2005

Martin Luther

Westheimer/Lopater's, Human Sexuality: A Psychosocial Perspective, Second Edition, refers to Martin Luther.
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According to the authors, in his youth, Martin Luther struggled with his own sexuality.

Luther tried to deny his homosexual attractions to other men.

During the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther came to believe that if two people are devoted to each other and to God, it does not matter if they enjoy a homosexual relationship.

Martin Luther married a nun.

Martin Luther believed that a possessed child should be thrown into the river to be killed or cured. (Robertson, History of Christianity: p208;Knight, Honest to Man: p101)

In 1525, the German peasants, in reaction against extreme poverty and the tyranny of the nobles, began a revolt. Luther wrote a pamphlet attacking the peasants. He stated:

"Let all who are able, cut them down, slaughter and stab them, openly or in secret, and remember that there is nothing more poisonous, noxious and utterly devilish than a rebel."

Paul Tobin writes:

"In the peasants' revolt alone more than 100,000 peasants were slain.

"Thus, in one fell swoop, this German religious reformer, anxious to get back to the original purity of Christianity, had condoned the killing of more Christians than the Roman Empire, in its pagan years, ever did."


In 1520 Pope Leo X condemned Martin Luther for forty-one doctrinal errors. Pope Leo X enjoyed 'sporting with young boys: that is, sodomy.'


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