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07/30/2012

Video: Accepting Uncle Sam's cash, barring his gay-parent-having nephew

by Jeremy Hooper

This story about a New Mexico Christian school is burning up the internets. Take it away, KOAT news of Albuquerque:

It's a story all too familiar to those of us who observe or engage in this so-called "culture war." An institution—be it a school, adoption provider, or whatever—wants to have its cake and eat civil peace too. It is an untenable view.

The truth is that the vast majority of people on our "side" are more than willing to afford religious institutions these kinds of choices without hassle or limitation. Pro-LGBT people of the particular will surely (and, in my view, rightly) challenge the way of thinking, but those challenges will take place within. The problem arises when the institution wants to act out an exclusionary version of faith and also accept taxpayer dollars. That is when those of us who both pay taxes and support civil equality for LGBT Americans have a few things to say about the situation. And despite the constant cries from the other side, we don't say something because we are against religious freedom. In truth, we say something because we are fully in support of religious freedom in its true and fair form.

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