Last week Friday was Religious Freedom Day. So it was notable that on the same day the Supreme Court decided to hear cases that will determine whether same-sex marriage will be constitutional nationwide. Predictably, there has been some handwringing from some conservative Evangelicals, cautiously optimistic about having a Supreme Court ruling, but also adamant about their beliefs in “traditional” marriage and some even vowing some form of disengagement from the larger society if the Court should rule against their wishes. LGBT advocates are much more hopeful, mostly based on a ruling in their favor in the Windsor case that went before the Court last year.
Freedom is a concept that for many people is like a hot potato in their hands, they just don’t know what to do with it. They often forget that their own freedom ends at that line in the sand where the rights of others start.
Thanks for the good article. I bet it will generate a good conversation here, since there are certainly polarized opinions about freedom among the Spectrumites.
If Caesar’s government wants to slide deeper into the pit of immorality and decadence, they have the right to do so. What they don’t have the right to do is force churches to do things which are contrary to their beliefs.
Although there are exemptions for churches on some of these homosexual issues, one wonders how long that will last. The militant activists in the homosexual movement would like to see all exemptions removed.
Why, when one chooses to curtail the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of others, is it impossible for them to see that they are fighting against the very principles that established this nation? Please note that the way of God/Jesus is not of force and/or coercion (Babylon in The Revelations), but of tolerance and supplication. Come to me all who are labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.
why the gratuitous comment? The court is only considering the civil aspects, the most important of which is property rights. they have left Religious Liberty intact. This is one of the most conservative courts in history of this nation. Why do you always insist on the negative of others? The issue needs resolution. Why don’t you start a campaign to remove “underGod” form the pledge. Tom Z
I think the persistent “negative attitude” we see in some Adventists is the product of some brainwashing process. May be it’s the silent result of reading and re-reading countless times the threats found in the boox. It certainly is a kind of paranoia, a constant feeling that there are “those people out there” conspiring against “us;” the view that the SDAs are the ultimate target of persecution by all other Christians and religions in general.
Man, we need the GC to move out from that building as well. We ( @elmer_cupino and associates) will be so busy that we will need the whole building!!!
I commend TW for his support to move the GC to Brazil (breaking news!):
if you refer to the federal document. In simple language, The Federal government is telling private institutions they can’t discriminate. the issue was race, the implication is it will apply to same sex marriages if the Supreme Court acts favorably on same sex marriages. The issue is even private institutions receive all sources of support and aid from the federal government. So they fall within the affirmative Action/Equal Rights law. remember the Marikay Silver case? Tom Z
Can anyone in their sane state of mind dispute that resolution?
I pay my taxes, and think that I have no right to discriminate against anyone/anything.
Churches don’t pay taxes, and do they think that they can discriminate at will? This is a crazy rationale.What kind of sense of entitlement is that?
Besides, it is not in any way an evidence that “Caesar’s government wants to slide deeper” (per @blc) into anything.