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If I counted the hours, I would not be at all surprised to learn that I spend roughly twelve hours a day thinking about, or reading about, politics. A smallish percent of that is devoted to the intersection of politics and religion. Which lead to this morning's reading of A florist caught between faith and financial ruin in the Christian Science Monitor. I cannot recall ever feeling so torn between two incompatible beliefs, the belief that one has to live up to the dictates of one's own morals/religion and other being that discrimination is flat out wrong.

Eventually I remembered about those religious sermons concerning slavery and how the bible said slavery was A-Okay. Eventually the church caught up and decided that slavery was a bad thing but I don't remember how, exactly, that change took place. I wish I could because I think whatever strategy was used then will have to be re-employed to correct church thinking and teaching when it comes to marriage.

Date: 2017-06-14 10:01 pm (UTC)
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I think you're a better person than I am. When I read the article my first thought was hypocrite. She had no problems making arrangements for him for years, knowing he was gay. It only makes sense that some of those arrangements were for his boyfriend. It's okay to give his boyfriend flowers, but not decorate his wedding with them? That bothers me. I think the solution is fair. If you won't do gay weddings then don't do straight ones either. I struggle with religion because of issues like this. But, then you get the other edge of the sword. If I were a baker or a florist, I'd probably end up sued, because I wouldn't make flower arrangements or bake cakes for white supremacists or their like. Is that not technically discrimination as well? My head hurts.

Date: 2017-06-14 10:06 pm (UTC)
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The basic problem is that religious beliefs ARE bigoted. People used these same beliefs to keep African Americans out of white churches, and to justify not allowing marriage between different races.

Orthodox Jewish men refuse to sit next to a strange woman on an airplane. THAT'S BIGOTRY CAUSED BY RELIGION.

Religious people have got to learn to live in a world that no longer bows to their personal beliefs, but instead recognizes and honors EVERYONE.

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