Archive for December, 2010

Religious Groups Rally behind Traditional Marriage

(RNS) As a federal appeals court in California heard opening arguments in a landmark gay marriage case on Dec. 6, a rare coalition of religious leaders released a public letter promoting marriage as “the faithful union of one man and one woman.”

Leaders of Catholic, evangelical, Orthodox Jewish, Mormon, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities, as well as new conservative Lutheran and Anglican denominations, signed “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment.”

“As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” the brief letter states.”

Marriage is not a religious contract, it is a civil contract.

Religious groups don’t even acknowledge what “traditional” marriage is.  If we use the Bible to determine a “traditional” marriage, we will find plural marriage, women forced to marry their rapists, husbands permitted to discard their new wives if they prove not to be virgins, concubinism, and women treated as the property of their fathers and husbands as the norm.

We don’t need “traditional” marriage, we need to maintain the civil contract of marriage and make it available to all loving, consenting couples, regardless of gender.  To deny this minority group couples the same civil rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples is an abomination.  Prisoners, even those who are serving life without parole sentences can legally marry.  But loving couples who happen to be the same gender cannot.  Religionists have no business determining the foundation of civil law.

If marriage needs protection, it needs protection from the frivolous heterosexuals who treat marriage like a fad.


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Churches & Politics

Churches Push Hard on Last-minute Legislation

WASHINGTON (RNS) With three weeks left before the 111th Congress adjourns, faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills, including a nuclear treaty with Russia and an immigration bill.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/12/churches-push-hard-on-last-min.php#ixzz192f6XA58

If institutionalized churches want to play at politics, they have no right to maintain tax-exempt status. The business of the church is the spiritual lives of its adherents. The business of government is the people and the civil rights of all. There is no way to run a balanced government when evangelicals attempt to defy the founding fathers and blend the two.

I pray our government leaders will recognize before it’s too late the grave error of allowing such unconstitutional forces to destroy the intent of the separation of church and state for this nation.

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