Fundamentally Illogical

Before I come off as some kind of atheist who has nothing but contempt for religions, let me clarify that I am an ordained Priest and have a Doctorate in Divinity as part of my training in my religion. I have great respect for religions around the globe including those that I do not ascribe to personally. I do, however, have a problem with fundamentalist evangelicals who feel the obligation and NEED to push their beliefs on others, and even worse, inject their personal religious practices into coded law.

To these folks I want to say one thing. When you use theological or dogmatic justifications for a discussion about politics and civil rights you are invalidating any and all arguments you might have made, no matter how eloquently you stated them. Discussion around a topic requires ground rules that define the forum in which it is taking place. In the forum of politics, the ground rules are the laws of the land – the Constitution. In discussions about faith, the ground rules are the particular tenets of that religion.

The discussion about Proposition 8, while it may appear to be about your own spiritual beliefs, is not a discussion around your religion or its practices, it is a discussion about laws and the rights of individuals protected thereby. If you use theological arguments to justify your position, you are no longer operating within the field of play and your points are moot.

Take for example, this (pdf format) fundamentalist theopolitical garbage. It is a letter to the Chief Justice on the California Supreme Court by the Kingdom of Heaven – World Divine Mission. In this letter that they have submitted on behalf of the “Almighty Eternal Creator” (a fictional character in LEGAL terms) they manage to string together biblical passages, fundamentalist illogic and legal terms to justify the taking away of a minority’s rights. In this case, it is against gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry – with a side note against abortion.

Using the same forum of rules they have set up, the Supreme Court of California should also rule to outlaw divorce (Matthew 19:6), having sex with a woman while she is on her period (Leviticus 20:18), the consumption of shrimp and other shellfish (Levitius 11: 9-12), cotton-poly blends and other mixed fibers (Leviticus 19:19), eating of pork (Leviticus 11:7), and they should reinstitute slavery (Leviticus 25:44-46). All of these are positions upheld in the bible which according to the pdf linked above is the law of the “Almighty Eternal Creator” and therefore rules over politicians and the laws they make.

To quote a good friend of mine, Jeff, “No More Jewish Fairy Tales!” Get your religion out of the state and get the state out of religion. That’s the way this country was established and the courts have upheld that view time and time again. The government doesn’t have a right to tell you how to practice our faiths and the churches don’t have a right to tell us how to draft, implement and uphold our laws. Period. End. Of. Story.

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