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12/06/2010

Gays destroying mores and morals? Well, we don't wanna, Bost...

by Jeremy Hooper

Oh, that old "slippery slope" argument:

Milton-Bost "The step to legalize civil unions, while argued as intended to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits and responsibilities similar to opposite-sex civil marriage, is nothing more than a giant step in the progression toward same-sex marriage," ... "We are moving and have severely progressed down a slippery slope of changing and then removing foundational social and religious mores and morals in order that no one might be excluded or offended, even when blatantly wrong. Our nation is accountable to God no matter how we choose to live."
-Milton Bost, senior pastor of Illinois' Chatham Baptist Church [SOURCE]

Accountable to your vision of God based on they way you've chosen to live, Mr. Bost. Fortunately here in America, while religion and the decision to subscribe to any one of the countless divergent viewpoints within that vast realm, is a choice that all citizens are lucky enough to have, one's compliance with CIVIL law, due process, and equal protection is not up for discussion.

If your faith sees Illinois' civil unions as slickening the proverbial slop, Mr. Bost, then by all means -- pray for a drought. Such is your right. But your personally-held theology does not get to define "wrong" for all of civil society. Religious marriage ceremony? You don't have to perform those. But as for your gay neighbors' civil unions or civil marriages? Hands (and Bibles) off!

While you are focused on the homo-hostile slope, we'll happily make our way up the fair-minded hill on the other side of town. The de facto Slip N' Slide does, admittedly, sound more fun. But there is much love at the end of our laborious journey.

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