Is this theology class or a debate on equal rights?
If the USA takes old or New Testament bible theory into consideration when making laws something has gone awry. All Americans deserve equal rights. The right to marry is one that should extend to gay people as well as straight because our constitution declares all equal.
No, it's not a theology class, Melis, but I cannot stand the bible being used in this way. I am the last one to go around citing bible passages, but if Gloria wants to use the claim that the bible defines marriage in one particular way I will challenge that. It is simply not true.
The bible was used in this debate to defend slavery and multiple articles have been posted talking about how using the bible to be bigoted against gay Americans is not biblical. Suffice it to say few agree with the "theologians" who are using the bible to excuse their homophobia while not bothering with way bigger issues- like obesity or divorce- because that would make them distinctly uncomfortable. To that end it just gets ridiculous at some point to try to argue with people who will twist the bible into their own personal hate book, that's all.
Yes, that is true, of course. Sometimes I need to say my peace, even if I know it will go nowhere.
You can say whatever you want about the FF, but the 1st amendment made it clear that the gov't would not endorse one religion over another. If a law is based solely on the bible and has no other argument, it won't hold up to legal challenge. But if no one challenges those laws, they will continue to be law. In the case of same-sex marriage, the laws are now being challenged.
Currently one group of people is trying to deny others their civil rights. They are basing it on their interpretation of their bible. However, others' religious viewpoints are not in agreement. So whose "wins"? If we're both Christain but I believe divorce is never warranted under any circumstances and you don't, should I get to control the decisions you are allowed to make? If one Christrain group wants to outlaw certain activities between a loving couple, should other couples just have to go along with that because the religious argument was made?
Right. Based on RG's argument atheists wouldn't be allowed to get married. Good grief, could you imagine? The common-law relationships would just run amok. At least they wouldn't be trampling on the rights of us hetero married folks.
We don't even have "common law" marriage in most states (and IMO it shouldn't exist at all)
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
I should have never bothered. Anyone want to discourage me from going and banging my head against the wall?