Wall of separation

The pastor at my church says to vote Yes on California Proposition 8 (removing the rights of gays to marry) because the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin.

 

He didn’t actually quote any passages.  But he said we cannot negotiate with God.

 

He went on to tell us that England had decided to allow Muslim civil cases to be decided in religious arbitration courts.  And if something like that were to happen in America, then we’d be allowing polygamy.

 

And then he claimed that the next thing that would happen is that it would become illegal for churches to refuse to marry gay couples.

 

So the pastor wants to weaken the wall of separation between church and state by voting fundamental Christian law into our nation’s codes — which would force non-Christians to obey religious statues — but he doesn’t want Muslims to have the right to arbitrate among themselves.

 

Furthermore, he claims that polygamy is against God’s law (despite it being the norm for about 2/3 of the Christian scriptures); he claims this right after he says God does not allow negotiation.  But perhaps it isn’t negotiation; perhaps God is merely changing the rules.

 

And then, after he encourages his congregation to chip away the wall of separation and invokes the founding fathers in his argument that religion should have a role in the government, he complains that the government might dare to take a role in the churches.  Well, yes, he is probably right.  If the wall of separation won’t keep religion out of government, it probably shouldn’t be keeping the government out of religion.  That’s only fair. 

 

He was guilty of the logical fallacy known as “having your cake and eating it too”.

 

Well, maybe I made that up.

 

In any case, I wrote him a nice email.

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One Response to “Wall of separation”

  1. Attending a church « Not really Alice Says:

    […] in an emailed conversation with the pastor at my church.  The whole thing started with his advocating California Proposition 8 in a sermon, my expressed disappointment via email, and his response that there is no such thing as the […]

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