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  •  I see your point (1+ / 0-)
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    But, to me, it is different from a public business that is secular. This is a religious organization. It has its own beliefs. I don't think it should be forced to violate its own teachings.

    Do you think the Catholic church should be forced to marry gay couples? For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 11:39:50 AM PST

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    •  Erm...well, I suppose it could be argued.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...hat performing a Catholic marriage service is not a "public service", and so the rules wouldn't apply. That's a tricky one, I'll admit....

    •  So what if it's religious? (1+ / 0-)
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      "This is a religious organization. It has its own beliefs."

      Why should religion be given any special treatment? Religion is just a set of ideas, like any other, free to be criticised, argued against and rejected.

      •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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        I just have a problem with government forcing a religious sect to violate its beliefs. What is your take on the French law that passed a few years ago banning Islamic dress on women? Should Sikhs be required not to wear their headbands if government requires it? For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

        by jiacinto on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 11:47:56 AM PST

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        •  I don't think anyone should be forced to do... (1+ / 0-)
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          or not do anything that isn't harming anyone else. So no, I disagree with a ban on veils and other religious attire that doesn't do any harm to anyone. But I don't disagree with it because its religious; I disagree with it because I oppose any restriction on human liberty that isn't absolutely necessary.

    •  That's stupid. (0+ / 0-)

      You are conflating its activities as a church and outside social work.

      If it offers jobs programs to help get homeless people functioning again (or any other social services), should they be allowed to only accept catholics? Can they refuse unmarried couples? LGBT people? Can they refuse to hire Jewish social workers?

      Those issues have all come up recently in religious social agencies here in the US.

      Blessed are the arrogant...for they shall be really impressed with themselves.

      by homogenius on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 12:48:26 PM PST

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