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01/11/2011

What next, NOM -- gonna ask people to tithe rather than donate?

by Jeremy Hooper

We all know that the National Organization For Marriage is fighting *CIVIL* marriage equality based almost exclusively on religious (largely Catholic) faith. But now the nation's most prominent anti-equality group is barely even hiding it, going so far as to post sermons on the official organizational blog. Sermons that liken marriage equality to the "modern day evil works of Satan":

Bishop Evans is the auxiliary bishop of Providence, RI. This is his sermon from last Sunday:  I submit that today, in the State of Rhode Island, we are faced with a challenge to our baptismal promises to renounce the modern day evil works of Satan and confess our belief in Christ and His holy Catholic Church. On the day of our baptism, we chose whose side we are on. The question we must now ask ourselves is: Are we still on God’s side? And if we are, how will we prove it?  This challenge takes the form of an attempt to grant to same sex couples that recognition reserved for the oldest and the only institution God created in His own image: Man as male and female united in marriage. The essence of marriage in God’s plan is a union of one male and one female, who are so physically, emotionally, psychologically and religiously complementary that each completes the other in such a way that without the other each is incomplete. For this reason, it is a vocation, a call from God to the persons concerned as to how they are to live their lives and win their salvation.
Bishop Evans on "Our Baptismal Call to Defend Marriage" [NOM Blog]

Oh, for the love of Go(vernment): How can we equality activists more fully abstain from the church marriage pressure that we're already wholly non-applying?!

It's beyond outrageous that these non sequiturs about a completely ancillary component (i.e. religious ceremony) are considered the civil equality movement's equally valid opposition!

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