Here we are in the 21st Century. We have hoverboards, virtual reality implants, hotels on the Moon… … and still we have some people insisting that tornadoes are an instrument of God’s judgement: If tornadoes really, really are God’s method of judgment, consider the following tornado risk
“All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are — were recipients of the judgment of God for that.” — Pastor John Hagee 10:00 am,
Why does conservative Christianity get so much negative press in America? News item (via American Family Association’s One News Now) “President Obama has submitted a list of five nominees for federal judge posts, and a constitutional law expert suggests America will pay a price. Among
Opponents of same-sex marriage have repeatedly asserted that if two men or two women are allowed to wed, bestial marriages will come next: Stardust Dolittle, March 29 2013: “The only thing is this will open new doors on other people’s rights to marry their dogs
The right wing argues that same sex marriage will destroy heterosexual marriage. When heterosexual married couples point out that it’s no skin off their noses if gays and lesbians marry, it strongly undermines the right wing’s arguments.
The President and Congress are both in the same position on this issue: They love talking about their “commitment”, but they’re afraid to act. That’s an easy position to adopt, but given the recent attention to this issue, it’s not a position that’s going to hold.
The consensus in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages is rapidly expanding. President Obama is on the wrong side of a significant historical shift, and the time is running out for him to make a plausible self-correction, and show respect for the mandate of equality and the authority of the Constitution.
Monserrate and Espada think that the integrity of the Democratic Party matters less than denying homosexual residents of New York State equal rights. So, a new majority has been achieved in the senate, not of Democrats, not of Republicans, but of bigots.
One can see by his statements that Senator Valesky is also learning to see the debate not as about granting rights to same-sex couples, but as a matter of equality, in which the rights people already have need to be respected in the law.
If churches can do whatever they want without interference by the government, let’s be consistent in the application of this principle. If a church wants to set up a casino, let’s not interfere.
Some Democrats in the New York State are supporting marriage equality, but others are working against it. The Democratic majority leader, Malcolm Smith, is working to block the bill from coming to a vote.