Monday, July 27, 2009

Why Religion and Politics Don't Mix

It seems that many "Christian" opponents of same-sex marriage insist that they are fighting a moral issue and not a religious issue.
Let us look at the Porterville City Council and examine exactly who is so inflamed at the idea of gay and lesbian marriages. Initially all five councilmen voted in favor of backing Prop. 8 in the fall of 2008.
Now in spring of '09, another resolution comes before the Board for consideration. When it comes to opposing SB 54, which would allow the State of California to recognize all legal marriages obtained in other U.S. states, there are only two council members committed to a policy of discrimination.
Councilmen Brian Ward and Cameron Hamilton not only share in their opposition to same-sex marriage, but are members of churches that openly denounce such unions.
Abovethehate.com, an on-line organization in support of efforts of The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints to pass Prop. 8, gathered signatures to "express our deep gratitude to you and the entire LDS community" for contributing to CA and AZ marriage initiatives, and also "to express our outrage at the vile and indecent attacks directed" at us.
Among the signers is the Rev. Mark Pitcher of Porterville Church of the Nazarene; the church Hamilton attends. Of course, we all know that Ward is a devoted member of the LDS crowd. He even donated $100 of his own money to an anti-gay PAC, according to data filed with the California Secretary of State's office. It could be a coincidence that these happen to be the two men who want so intently to take away the rights of homosexuals, but I very much doubt it.