Liberal Grace

Monday, June 05, 2006

Uh Oh, Gays are threatening our marriages again

An election must be coming up... gays are threatening our marriages again!

It's a sure way to mobilize the Religious Right -- so much that the GOP would be crazy to actually settle the issue.

Like many liberal Christian, I feel conflicted about this.

From my reading, the bible clearly calls homosexual sex as sin. Not Jesus but Paul and the Old Testament. It's not a huge issue... only four verses. Homosexuality rates some where worse than gluttony be less than greed.

But this is not the only issue. The other issue is how much a secular society should implement biblical commandments.

While the bible informs my political views, I accept that a secular state will not follow every point the bible.

This is also the position generally held by the Religious Right.

For example, the bible (and Jesus!) clearly prohibits divorced people from remarrying except for infidelity.
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:32
But the Religious Right is not drafting an amendment to prohibit second marriages.

Why not? Because even the Religious Right understands the state is not the church.

As for me, I think prohibiting second marriages would probably do more to "protect" marriage than banning gays. But I think it would be absurd to put that in the Constitution.

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