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01/10/2008

Opposition: Please lose your fear-mongery crystal balls

by Jeremy Hooper

Or-1Want another example of just how unwilling our opposition is to actually listen to what we are telling them? Well, check this out. While expressing his fears regarding the currently-stalled law that (hopefully) will give couples in the Beaver State the right to form domestic partnerships, Pastor Steve Schenewerk of Winston, Oregon's Community Baptist Church tells Baptist Press the following:

"We've talked as pastors about the impact it might have on us, if a gay couple comes to a church and says, 'We want to get married,' and we say no, then are we liable for civil rights violations? Not that it's likely, but on the other hand you can't rule it out. It could happen down the road."

But WHY should one even begin to presume that this sort of thing is "down the road"? Churches are not required to marry anyone even now! It makes no more sense to assume that civil gay equality will lead to a breakdown of the church's religious freedom anymore than it does to assume that interfaith hetero civil marriages might lead to a challenge of such freedoms. A Mormon man who wants to marry a non-Mormon gal in the temple, a Catholic who wants to marry a Jew in St. Patrick's Cathedral, an atheist couple who want to marry in a Baptist Chuch wearing "Jesus is a lie" shirts -- all of these couples reason to challenge church prohibitions on their ceremonies. It is just plain illogical to pin such a fear-mongery prediction on those gays who are seeking civil marriage!

It honestly seems sometimes like our opposition is so used to getting support for whatever sort of nonsense they say about us that they no longer see any fault with just throwing outlandish claims out there to see if they'll stick. And that's the problem -- they're doing far too much projecting and making far too many hyperbolic forecasts to quiet down and listen. If they did, they might hear how silly their prognosticating sounds to the reasoned ear.

Rare win against 'gay rights' in Ore. [BP News]

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It is pure fearmongering. I, as a clergy member, can, and have, said, "No" to people. The Roman Catholic church does it all the time. I guess people who are afraid will do just about anything to ease their level of discomfort.

Posted by: Benton | Jan 11, 2008 7:31:50 AM

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