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05/22/2014

Heritage's Ryan Anderson says setting people 'free' from 'same-sex attractions' is way forward for marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 At 1.47.10 PmI'm happy to see Ryan T. Anderson, one of the conservative movement's top surrogates on marriage, becoming more honest about what the observant among us have always known to be his endgame:

No matter what, the church will play a central role in shaping opinions on marriage. If it chooses to remain rather silent, it will shape opinion by default. On the other hand, it can rise to the occasion in developing a compelling response to the sexual revolution. And it alone possesses the only fully satisfying response.

This will require at least four major components. The first is simply to present a contemporary case for Biblical sexuality that is appealing and that engages the best of modern thought. This should present the virtue of chastity and lifelong marriage as the most humanly fulfilling choices one could make.

The second will be particular ministries to those who experience same-sex attractions and to those who experience gender-identity conflicts. Both the truths that we are created male and female, and that male and female are created for each other, are being challenged in ways that they never have been before. The church will need to think through these issues and develop pastoral plans that truly meet people where they are with the truth of Christ that can set them free.

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Heritage Foundation's Ryan T. Anderson, writing for conservative standard-bearer National Review

This is the same guy who recently told a gay Californian that he will never really be married, even though his state and federal government recognize his ability to be. So basically, he thinks the state has no power to grant us a marriage license, and he believes that the church must "save us" from ourselves.

Tell me how you get more anti-gay than that? I mean, really? Is "God Hates..." really any more damaging, on a practical level, to gay men and women?

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**UPDATE: The National Org. For Marriage is telling supporters to share this very article far and wide:

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