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.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Marriage Amendment

The senate is debating the Federal Marriage Amendment. Republic of T gives reasons the why writing this kind of discrimination into the constitution harms families. Clergy for Fairness goes into the religious opposition to this amendment.

Some of the religious voices against this amendment include the United Church of Christ, Reform Judaism, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the UUs, and Quakers. To call your senator the number is 202-224-3121. And White House's phone number is 202-456-1111.

Questing Christian raises the issue of the language the anglican right and left give to themselves and others, in particular whether it's possible to develop a words which are neutral. One word for the left, which made the rounds in the 20s and 30s, is reconstructionist.

One is not constructing faith from nothing. Rather one takes the materials of the tradition and reworks thems, reconstructs them, in a way fitting to the world we live in, adding our bit in to the process knowing that this process will continue beyond us.

But the word is tainted since some on the christian right who favor theocracy claim the word. But if one looks at Reconstruction Judaism, the name for the movement was chosen in the 30s indicating the original use of the word as a liberal religious label.

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