Thursday, January 10, 2013

NOM doesn't really believe in 'religious liberty'

I've always believed the phrase 'religious liberty' was a useless buzzword when used by organizations like the National Organization for Marriage.

The recent non-controversy regarding Washington's National Cathedral proves it.  The Washington Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the country, the "seat of the Episcopal Church," and the host of this month's inaugural prayer service, has decided to host same-sex weddings. It didn't happen by a court order or protest. The Cathedral made the decision on its own.

The very definition of "religious liberty," right?

Wrong if you are a member of the National Organization for Marriage. Thomas Peters, NOM's Cultural Director, said the following:

Examples like this remind us that when you redefine "civil" marriage you create the new possibility of same-sex ceremonies in churches. Gay marriage advocates love to artificially split these two recognitions of marriage when they think it suits their purposes but the categories always re-collapse as soon as a liberal church like this one decides it wants to conduct ceremonies with same-sex partners. The simplest way to prevent same-sex ceremonies in churches is to fight for the recognition of marriage in civil law. 

In other words, NOM likes the idea of "religious liberty" when churches use it the way NOM wants them to. When the churches don't . . . then look out!


dancandan said...

this demonstates quite clearly that NOM has no religous grounds for objecting to same-sex marriages...only bigotry and ignorance...they place themselves above EVERYONE who has a different point of view.

Anonymous said...

Nasty. Shouldn't that guy be heading back to Bon Temps?

Jen said...

I couldn't agree more with you Alvin. I so enjoy your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us.

Anonymous said...

Wow, todays cognitive dissonance lesson from NOM.

Well - it's just that they want LGBT people nowhere near a church. Lovely - so now we're getting to the root of their animus.

Marcus99 said...

And that is exactly why religion needs to separate itself from the state. As soon as religion infiltrates the secular government,then the fight begins over WHOSE religion reigns supreme and presto! All religious freedom is lost, save the one in power.

EvilI said...

Given that the separation of church and state is a vital part of the freedom of religion, that was always apparent.

It's one part of the Constitution that they always seek to violate.