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The Gospel on Gay Marriage

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This Alternet article not only talks about gay marriage, but also provides another framework to see and understand the group of people often lumped together as 'evangelicals'.

The Gospel On Gay Marriage

By Letha Dawson Scanzoni, AlterNet
Posted on June 16, 2005, Printed on June 17, 2005
http://www.alternet.org/story/22241/

In his book, "God's Politics," Jim Wallis wrote about how the religious right has narrowed faith-based values to a few "hot-button" issues, while ignoring the biblical vision of social justice in areas such as poverty, the environment, and questions of war and peace.

But hot-button issues like same-sex marriage can't be cast aside at a time when influential religious leaders are rallying the troops for a war against a minority group already suffering the pain of discrimination. Chuck Colson has trumpeted the battle cry by saying that the "number one cultural priority of Christians" should be "stopping the spread of same-sex marriage" and that "pastors, priests, and clergy of all denominations should be leading the charge."Read more... )

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It's happened!

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

I just looked at the stats for this board, and we've reached 300 Livejournal subscribers! So, I have kept my promise, and have just purchased a year's paid account for this community. This will give us more features to use, as well as helping out Livejournal.

So, if you see some changes in the next few days and weeks, it's just me working to improve the interface and usability of this site.

If you have any suggestions for sites or blogs to go on the upcoming sidebar, please submit them. I've found one template that will hold 30 entries, so we'll have a good roll.

Again, I want to thank folks for patronizing this community.

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Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

This NYT op-ed reminds us that there's a sleeping giant of moderate Christians who are stirring awake:


Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers
By JOHN C. DANFORTH
June 17, 2005

St. Louis

IT would be an oversimplification to say that America's culture wars are now between people of faith and nonbelievers. People of faith are not of one mind, whether on specific issues like stem cell research and government intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo, or the more general issue of how religion relates to politics. In recent years, conservative Christians have presented themselves as representing the one authentic Christian perspective on politics. With due respect for our conservative friends, equally devout Christians come to very different conclusions.

It is important for those of us who are sometimes called moderates to make the case that we, too, have strongly held Christian convictions, that we speak from the depths of our beliefs, and that our approach to politics is at least as faithful as that of those who are more conservative. Our difference concerns the extent to which government should, or even can, translate religious beliefs into the laws of the state.Read more... )

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Movie: Heart of the Beholder

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

There's an indie movie just out called " Heart of the Beholder". Its a true story about a video store owner oppressed and driven out of business by censorious religious fanatics.

It was made by donated funds, and is finally finished and available on DVD. It's gotten some good reviews, too.\

Stories like this remind us of what our country might be like should we let the fanatics take over. This incident took place in the 80s. If you think that the pickets, boycotts and protests of video businesses have stopped, you're wrong.

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Playing "Tag"

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

Livejournal has just enabled the "Tags" feature on their journals, and since I just upgraded this community to a paid account, I'm also using this feature as well. It will help in searches through the various entries. I've got a pretty good list going now, but suggestions for additional tags are always welcome.

So, when you make an entry that talks about say, gay marriage, and it's an article, you can use both the 'article' and the 'GLBT rights' tags. Same with entries about movies, politics, specific Dominionist matters like the 'end times' 'rapture' and 'culture of life'. Eventually, all the entries will be tagged, so that researchers can use this site easily.

Enjoy!

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