Friday, November 20, 2009

Same-sex marriage and freedom of religion

Opponents of marriage equality love to argue that legalizing same-sex marriage will violate the religious freedom of those churches that oppose it. Yet when wrong thinkers like me ask how the same has not turned out to be true of legally recognized remarriage after divorce, Catholics pretend not to have heard the question, while non-Catholic Christians engage in fanciful rewrites of Scripture to make it say just about anything except what it actually says. If I didn't know any better, I might start to think that no one actually believes in the Bible and church teaching, least of all the "believers" themselves.

I also have an issue with holding all of our rights hostage to a particular church's doctrine. Our opponents love to say that the Constitution guarantees freedom of, not from, religion. Yet they leave out that before it does that, it guarantees freedom from, not of, an establishment of religion. Also, who will enforce the Constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion -- those same unelected liberal activist judges whom they attack on other issues?

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