freedom of religion

The United Methodist Church is getting a divorce

A "Traditionalist" faction is breaking away over LGBTQ issues:

The plan would sunder a denomination with 13 million members globally — roughly half of them in the United States — and create at least one new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that would continue to ban same-sex marriage as well as the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.

It seems likely that the majority of the denomination’s churches in the United States would remain in the existing United Methodist Church, which would become a more liberal-leaning institution as conservative congregations worldwide depart.

This was inevitable after hard-liners recently voted to ban gay ministers and same-sex marriage. As an outsider looking in I'm hesitant to pass judgment, because I know several Progressives in the church that were hoping to eventually change it across the board from within. But life is too short to put up with such prejudice, and LGBTQ folks deserve to take part without being subjected to controversy.

American Theocracy

HB 2, allowing Magistrates to opt out of marrying gay couples when they have a strong religious aversion to doing so, just passed its third reading in the House and will be sent to the Governor. Most of us were raised to have a polite aversion to discussing religion in the public realm. We have to get over that. Now.

Freedom of Religion

Today is the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, passed January 6th, in 1786. The Statute was the precursor of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Remember this the next time you hear the founding of America was based on Christianity. It was not.

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