Some people make a case against LGBT equality in religious terms, quoting the Bible to argue homosexuality is a sin. Religion scholar and activist Jay Michaelson has a different reading though. He's an observant Jew, but he says it's an oversimplification to choose between God and being gay. Michaelson has written a book that explores what the Bible says about compassion, love and relationships. Tuesday, he joins guest host Joanna Brooks to make his case for equality because of religion, not despite it.
Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and actvist whose work focuses on the intersections of religion, spirituality, sexuality, and law. Jay is the author of four books, God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality, Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism, Another Word for Sky: Poems, and God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice. He is Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches magazine and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.