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  •  I would say to your FIL (0+ / 0-)

    That Christian churches are allowed to marry--or not marry--whoever they want. The Catholic Church has asserted this right (currently or in the past) over remarriages after divorce and marriages between a Catholic and non-Catholic.

    If your FIL's logic is to be followed to the extreme, then this practice (which can be traced to New Testament scripture unlike some Catholic dogma) should also be outlawed by the State. However, even the most zealous conservative Christian will not march in the street to outlaw the right of divorced persons to marry again or people of different faiths to intermarry (as long as they're straight at least) and even if they did I can't see anyone on the current SCOTUS upholding such a law. Not even Clarence Thomas. Well...maybe not Clarence Thomas.

    It's pretty easy to prove a double standard. Even though I disagree with my own priest's choice not to bless same sex unions in the Episcopal church I attend, it is his right to do so, even as my Reform/Reconstructionist rabbi friend has made the opposite choice for himself. There is room for both when it comes to private religious organizations.

    There is NOT room for discrimination by the State, however. Civil marriages between any consenting adults must be allowed.

    •  Why does the right want to make the State Pope? (0+ / 0-)

      Why does the right want to make the state the Pope? What he is advocating is essentially to hand the power of religion over to the state. That sounds good to some, but the state might change its mind. The same state which favors one religious view today might favor quite a different view tomorrow.

      For all their talk about wanting government out of their lives, what the right really wants is more and more and more power for government. They fail to recognize that this can turn on them.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 11:15:50 AM PDT

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