So the Bible isn't
homophobic? Those verses in both the Old and New Testaments stating that gay sex is a sin doesn't exist? I'd like to read this New Majorly Abridged Version of the Bible you have in your possession.
The Bible is not homophobic. It's a book and therefore incapable of emotion. God is not homophobic since He has nothing to fear of His creation. God hates homosexuality, alongside a whole slew of other thoughts and behaviors.
I quoted Leviticus 12 at you in which it clearly states that women who give birth to girl children are unclean for twice the time as they would be if they had given birth to boy children and require twice the time to pass before they can be purified. If people are so willfully obtuse as to argue that such laws are a matter of "~emissions~, not women"
when there is a clear distinction being made throughout the Bible between the value of women vs. the value of men, it only shows how far some religious people are willing to twist their interpretation of their "Good Book" in order to fit their personal agenda.
Yes, the Bible distinguishes between men and women and gives primacy - on earth, but not in heaven - to men over women. Does that completely overturn your concept of the world? Does it make the universe shake? Why would a non-feminist perspective on gender mean the Bible is false? Just because you feel it to be so?
If that isn't the "crux of Christianity," why do so many denominations cling to that gender distinction and use the Bible the back their position up? Just because some denominations are more willing to overlook such Bible passages for the sake of creating a more egalitarian interpretation of Christianity doesn't change the fact that the misogyny is right there, written into the book for any misogynist to take and use to justify their behavior as part of their faith. It's pretty hilarious how you keep arguing that it's the patriarchal culture of the time that the Bible was written that is to blame for any possible criticisms of Bible passages and yet at the same time refuse to believe that misogyny exists in the Bible. Double speak at its finest.
OK, you use the word "misogyny" a lot. Please point to where Jesus, Peter, Paul, or other NT figures hate
women. The fact that women are not granted full equality in the earthly operations of the church does not mean that women are hated.
You can whine all you want about the fact that the Bible does talk about strong female role models and talks about respecting women, and yes, that's true, all that is in the Bible. Doesn't change the fact that there are Actual Laws written down in the same book which clearly state the worth of a woman compared to that of a man. As you yourself said to Aloimeh, the roles assigned to men and women differ: there are very good reasons why many consider the narrow roles proscribed for women to be a product of sexism, and unlike you, they don't think that "much of this difference is biological" or that enforcing such roles are justifiable on biological grounds.
There are also places where Jews are placed above Gentiles. What about that? Does it disturb me? I'd be dishonest if I didn't say that ethnic favorites doesn't sit well with me, but I see the rationale of why God did things this way and while I can accept that the Jews are God's chosen people and have a special role in His plans for the world in a way that other peoples do not (and that's not to exclude that other peoples haven't had key roles in God's plan either, whether it be the Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Germans, Chinese, or whoever else), it says nothing about personal salvation. God is 100% egalitarian when it comes to who is saved vs. who is damned. It doesn't matter if you're Jewish or Gentile, man or woman, adult or child, educated or illiterate, or any other qualifier by which we divide humanity - all can accept salvation and share in eternal life.
P.S. Your insinuation that Bible critics have no interest in a genuine understanding is pretty laughable; I was raised Christian, was a regular churchgoer, and was at the top of Bible study class consistently because I actually read the verses and wanted to know everything the book said. I left the religion at a young age because I actually read the verses and never got any answer to my questions that weren't filled with the type of apologist fallacies you're peddling. I have respect for progressive Christian denominations (of which there are plenty) that acknowledge the major flaws in the Bible, reject the passages that preach violence/misogyny/intolerance, and are able to view it as a text in its historical context. For Christians like you however who are hellbent on defending a horridly problematic book because they can't bear to see their Sacred Moral Guidebook actually called out for what it is, having a conversation is pointless.
My suspicion is that you are insulted by the Bible's censuring of your lifestyle and thus do nothing but look for reasons to reject it. OK, do what you will. It won't make the problem go away (of your sin, that is, and God's impending judgment).