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09/11/2012

WA *civil* marriage equality foe: It's 'really a question of whether we know more than God'

by Jeremy Hooper

From Joseph Backholm, one of the leaders of the so-called Preserve Marriage Washington coalition:

In the Garden of Eden, before sin entered the world, the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say that if you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that you would surely die?” Of course she knew that He had, but ultimately she convinced herself that disobedience would not actually lead to death, as God said, but would actually make her more like God.

And so it began.

Ever since, we’ve been telling ourselves not only that we know more than God, but that in doing so we are becoming more godlike. Fascinating, isn’t it?

We have all had similar moments in our personal lives where we decided we knew better than God and inevitably suffered the consequences.

So it is culturally, as well.

The debate over the definition of marriage in Washington is really a question of whether we know more than God.
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So the question we have to answer is whether we are going to graciously use the cultural influence we have in an effort to prevent the inevitable harm that would result from telling God we know better than him, or whether we will surrender our influence, try to keep the peace, and promise to be around to help pick up the pieces.
FULL: Why the Church Must Care About Marriage [Family Policy Institute of WA]

Oh, of course—forcible faith. That's fair and free. That's a totally doable policy for a church/state separated nation where civil marriage and religious ceremony are uncoupled. Sure thing, Backholm. Right on point.

I only wonder if, when people like Backholm fulfill their obvious goal of forcing every American to solemnize a marriage with a religious ceremony, they will at least allow us to choose our own house of worship, or if one will be appointed for us. Whatever they, the benevolent controllers of our destinies, decide for us, hopefully they'll at least let us know plenty in advance. We'll just lie in wait for their demanded direction, which they can just throw down from that moral pedestal of theirs, coupled alson all the other crumbs and table scraps that they have discarded in our direction.

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