Thursday, March 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

Melissa McEwan on the whining of the conservative Christians who are afraid that they will become “second class citizens” because of their support for “traditional marriage.”

Losing the capacity to oppress is not oppression.

Yea, verily.

5 barks and woofs on “Quote of the Day

  1. Evangelicals who believe we’re in the last days have long predicted that Christians would be persecuted, and I’m convinced a lot of these people are seeing the end of DOMA, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, marriage equality, etc. as fulfillment of Bible prophecy in this regard.

    I happen to think that calling this trend in the US “persecution” trivializes the plight of religious groups (including but not limited to Christians) who truly have been persecuted in other parts of the world.

  2. Not only that, but there are a number of churches and religious denominations that want to perform same-sex wedding and cannot. For instance, the Quakers. As I was told the other day at a Quaker wedding, the Miami Friends Meeting performed the first same-sex marriage in Florida several years ago. It has no standing in law, but in the minds of the members and attenders of the wedding (or as it is formally called, a “meeting for worship with a concern for marriage”) it was done in accordance with Quaker tradition and therefore, in the eyes of the meeting, it was as lawful as any wedding performed in any church, cathedral, temple, or courthouse.

  3. Some in my denomination (the Episcopal Church) would like the church to get out of the marriage business–in the sense of clergy acting as civil clerks handling the legal paperwork relating to marriage. I tend to agree. There’s no reason why the legal and sacramental aspects of marriage have to be handled in the same ceremony. I imagine it would also simplify things for some denominations.

  4. Well, the churches basically hijacked marriage. It was in existence long before there was organized religion, and it was always a civil contract. It still is; you get a state license to get married, and you don’t go to church to get the official divorce. But like so many things, the churches bigfooted it and took it for their own (not unlike they did with some holidays and countries). But they don’t have any more claim to set the moral or legal standards for other people than any other usurper.

  5. I think it made sense for the church to take over marriage back in the early Middle Ages when it was the only large institution holding civilization together, just as the monasteries kept learning and scholarship going. Not really necessary now, though.

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