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July 22, 2014 - 5:32 am
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This morning’s email bag included a news release with quotes from officers at Union Theological Seminary and Auburn Theological Seminary, in celebration of President Obama’s executive order effectively requiring religious organizations with government contracts over $10,000 to hire homosexuals.

Religious leaders across the country declared victory today as the president honored their request to leave out a religious exemption in an executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.

This follows a “grassroots campaign” to gather signatures begging the president to force them to hire homosexuals — or in politically-correct parlance, to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In exultant language, the news release goes on…

Present at today’s signing ceremony was Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President of Union Theological Seminary and a member of the LGBT community. “Today at the White House I witnessed the arc of history bend toward justice,” said Davie. “This is a tremendous victory for those of us who believe that as people of faith we should be exemplary, not exempted. Leaving out a religious exemption is simply the right thing to do, both theologically and civically. It is my obligation, and desire, as a Christian and a member of human community to love my neighbor and it is my obligation as a citizen to treat all my fellow citizens equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

It’s a peculiar locution — “leaving out a religious exemption” — akin to “leaving out the leaving out.” The authors of the press release preferred double negative to a plain assertion, like: “the president commanded faith-based organizations to violate the tenets of their faith if they want to serve as a federal contractors.”

But why all of this unseemly lobbying?

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There is no requirement that they take Caesar's coin, true. That said, shall they be denied their part in things, because of their religious convictions? Do they not also deserve representation? Are their views not every bit as valid as the next man's? Is it, "Of the People, By the People, For the People" except for the devout, religious People? Why are they to be shut out of government?

If they are to be denied, then, are they to be free from paying taxes? They are supposed to pay for the benefits of government, whatever their religious convictions, but they are not entitled to those benefits?

Freedom of religion means exactly that: Free to worship as people wish without government restrictions. Allowing some people to take the government coin, while not allowing others, because of their deeply-held, religious beliefs is government restriction of religion.
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I wish they'd just get it over with and establish Unitarian Universalism as the state religion, get on with the full-spectrum persecution of actual Christianity, and just be done with it.
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I wonder which part of the word "abomination" has them stumped.
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Weird how an entity that attracts all the perverts to leadership positions were begging to get the perverts hired.
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It's pretty simple, actually. The president's intent is to drive religious people into the closet from which homosexuals have recently emerged. The great Constitutional scholar in the Oval Office should perhaps be reminded by someone that the practice of religion is EXPLICITLY protected by the Constitution; the practice of sodomy is not.
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So, what requirement is there that any church has to be a government contractor? Why do you have to take federal money? That being said, the feds are daily constricting what private organization can do without their permission.
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Odds are good that any church on the government dole has already compromised itself out of being anything recognizable as Christianity—so they have to use the word Christian in all their literature and press announcements because otherwise no one would know they are a church.
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There is no requirement that they take Caesar's coin, true. That said, shall they be denied their part in things, because of their religious convictions? Do they not also deserve representation? Are their views not every bit as valid as the next man's? Is it, "Of the People, By the People, For the People" except for the devout, religious People? Why are they to be shut out of government?

If they are to be denied, then, are they to be free from paying taxes? They are supposed to pay for the benefits of government, whatever their religious convictions, but they are not entitled to those benefits?

Freedom of religion means exactly that: Free to worship as people wish without government restrictions. Allowing some people to take the government coin, while not allowing others, because of their deeply-held, religious beliefs is government restriction of religion.
13 weeks ago
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This equates to job security if you are gay. A simple web search says there are 568,561 companies listed under religious organizations in the United States. and maybe 3,000,000 gays of working age. Each Christian organization will have to hire a few. I'm 'coming out of the closet when the benefits get better. They can easily prove I'm not black or hispanic but there is no way the government can prove I'm not gay. (Well, there is one way but I can't see them going that far.)

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Just a note - the Rev Davie mentioned is "Rev. Fred Davie, a former member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary"

Not Pastor Stephen Davey.
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I wish they'd just get it over with and establish Unitarian Universalism as the state religion, get on with the full-spectrum persecution of actual Christianity, and just be done with it.
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So, how many LGBTs did Rev Davie hire before the executive order?

And this one will be in federal court before the ink is dry. And they'll win.
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The authors of the press release preferred double negative to a plain assertion, like: “the president commanded faith-based organizations to violate the tenants of their faith if they want to serve as a federal contractors.”

I think you meant to say tenets, not tenants. Tenets are beliefs; tenants are people that rent property.
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Thanks for the assist, and please forgive me for the oversight.
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I wonder which part of the word "abomination" has them stumped.
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