There is a lot of bellyaching going on over this so called ‘pulpit freedom Sunday’ on Sept. 28th. First of all, I find that name interesting. Secondly, I am not surprised that it is a stunt put on by the Alliance Defense Fund–a bunch of people who roadshow around the country stirring up lawsuits. So what does the Alliance Defense Fund what churches to do on Sept. 28th? They want the churches to talk about politics while discussing the teachings of Jesus. Naturally the Alliance Defense Fund will go to bat for any church that is penalized for doing this. Churches can talk about politics all they want–endlessly. The problem is that their non-profit status will be taken away from them if they are found guilty of doing so. So it isn’t that they can’t talk about politics–they can. But they are afraid that they will actually have to pay taxes like the rest of us. But they don’t want to pay taxes on their incomes–Jesus commands that or something like that (found no doubt in the Bible–but really got a start sometime in the reign of Emperor Constantine). So it all boils down, like it always does for some churches and Christians–money. This isn’t about freedom of speech at all. They have that. They want their cake and they want it for free.
And that got me thinking about why religion, which is certainly a real choice that people make, is protected? Why? Because the founding fathers knew exactly what some Christians were like. All they had to do was look over the pond to see what a mess Christians had made of Europe. Christian fighting Christian. It tore Europe apart. It caused wars. It caused schisms. It caused migration to this country. The founding fathers knew the mess that Christians could make if they all were allowed to fight against each other over their beliefs. So they made sure that everyone would have the freedom to believe what they wanted–without being killed over it. And they weren’t allowed to kill over it either.
And now fast-forward to today. Religious beliefs are now some of the main topics that political candidates have to discuss and declare. Who didn’t mention God in their acceptance speech? That is o.k., as long as their various religious beliefs aren’t made into law. This whole same sex marriage issue is one such issue. It is a religious belief that states that two men or two women shouldn’t be married. Plain and simple. And for that very reason there shouldn’t be a vote on whether I can have my marriage taken away. That is certainly what Prop. 8 is–the title clearly states that it will take away the right of gays and lesbians to marry. If anything, vote NO on Prop. 8 because doing so protects marriage.