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most Christians don't read their Bible

They know their church's interpretations of the Bible, but they don't know the underlying text. This is ironic since many Christians claim that prima scripura or sola scriptura is important to them. Sola scriptura clearly states that interpretations of scripture have less authority than the scripture itself. [2] [3]

The Bible says slavery is acceptable


(I like this quick summary — "Biblical law supports chattel slavery. Christians in the past supported it too. Christians today do not, mostly.")

This isn't even a debate, the Bible has very clear support for slavery. [2]

In the Old Testament, foreign slaves could be held as life-long personal property (ie. chattel slavery), see Leviticus 25:44-46. Foreign slaves who were female were treated especially harshly, see the last three paragraphs here.

The New Testament is slightly less clear about its support for chattel slavery, however there's still extensive discussion of exactly when and how a slave could be freed, suggesting that someone could be enslaved for long periods of time.

King David kissed another man

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Bible context
1 Samuel 18 1 When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as his own soul. 4 Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing and gave it to David and his armor and even his sword and his bow and his belt. David and Jonathan meet and immediately form a close bond.
1 Samuel 20:41 As soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He bowed three times, and they kissed each other and wept with each other; David wept the more. Jonathan has discovered that his father, King Saul, intends to kill David. David needs to flee to survive, and the two don't know how long they'll be apart, so they're saying their tearful goodbyes. Some commentators point out that the culture in the Middle East at the time allowed for social kisses between close friends and family. Other commentators feel there might be sexual tension here. Either way, homophobes carry a Bible that unmistakably talks about David kissing another man.
2 Samuel 1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
greatly beloved were you to me;
your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
Jonathan has died in battle, and David is grieving and eulogizing him.