A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The right picks up on a bad idea....spying in the churches. The Religious Freedom Action Coalition is sending volunteers to attend liberal, mainline, and african american churches to monitor and report any activities which are deemed as partisan. I wonder if there's any line which folks are not willing to cross in the culture wars today.

Sojourners has a petition/ad campaign which calls attention to the problem of identifying Christianity with any one party. As the petition notes: We believe all candidates should be examined by measuring their policies against the complete range of Christian ethics and values.

Nader continues to defend a form of rhetoric which has usually been associated with anti-semitic groups (some of which got Pat Buchanan in trouble in this last decade) when he speaks about members of congress being "puppets" for Israel. One of the odd things about his campaign is that in most every turn, important democratic and pluralistic values have been tossed by the wayside. Given his record and history of civic activism, this all the more tragic.

The pastor at First Presbyterian in Billings MT (my old stomping grounds) has a moving piece on the church's recent decision to provide for a same sex blessing of a couple who have been together for over 15 years and members of the congregation. As he noted: The church is called to be a blessing. Growing up in Montana, I bet this is one of the first congregations in the state to do such an action as publically as this.

And here's a piece from an organizer in South Africa on the importance of same sex unions within the church. This piece is one of the best I've seen on the subject. A vision of the church and community life is interwoven all through this article.

Christianity is not a solitary faith. We are most alive when we are in community. Lesbian women and gay men are asking that they be allowed to celebrate that they are fully alive in all areas of their lives, their primary relationships, and their community of faith. This requires that the primary relationships of their lives be celebrated and blessed in the context of that community.

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