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.

Friday, June 09, 2006

News Bias

Richard Ostling has a piece on the problems that religious groups face if gay marriage becomes legal in more places. The bias in the piece is that no consideration given to religious groups who do support gay marriage.

They've into problems because gay marriage is illegal in most places. There was the case of the two Unitarian ministers who were charged by the a NY district attorney with "solemnizing" gay marriages. They could have faced up to two years in prison for their actions.

Ostling's piece also conflates churches with religious agencies which receive federal and state funds, quasi public groups like the Catholic Charities in Boston would not be in a position to discriminate. And yet that doesn't mean that congregations would face the same thing.

No church has ever been forced to perform an interracial marriage or been forced to admit women pastors, etc. The change in the laws did affect public agencies, not churches. The piece, not having this distinction, ends up increasing fears among conservative churches.

I've noticed that Ostling and another religious reporters tend to be one sided when it comes to religion, usually skewed to the right. Another example is a piece which claims that social justice work by the Methodist means less members, repeating the claims of the IRD.

I wanted to note the defeat of the federal marriage amendment. I think the tide is turning on that issue. The Minnesota Methodists recently voted to support gay marriage in the church and the United Church of Christ applauds the defeat of the FMA.


At 10:01 AM , Anonymous John B said...

It's no big deal that the MN Conference & the UCC support gay marriage, considering how rapidly both are losing members it won't be long before neither are in existance.

At 1:25 AM , Blogger Joe G. said...

Don't you wish, John B. In fact, UCC has seen churches inquiring to join just as it has seen some leave. Likewise, financial giving is way up in the denomination. The ads have successfully drawn many people to the web site as well as to those churches that participated. Too bad God doesn't work things out like you think He should.

PS: remember when Massachusetts was headed for natural disaster due to its sinful and perverse same-sex marriage law according to some of your religious compatriots? Instead, a disaster headed straight for Florida about the same time. Maybe it's because they passed prejudiced laws against same-sex marriage and against gays and lesbian adopting! God sure does work in mysterious ways.

At 8:09 AM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

I've belonged to UU churches off and on since the mid 80s and always struck on our lack of appeal to gays.

Churches with more formal liturgal services had more appeal and I'd find myself in the odd position of our church being banned from the community council of churches for being non Christian, by Churches with gay lay leadership that would not bless their own members unions.

At 9:32 AM , Blogger Alan said...

One can't help but notice the apparent glee with which John B above notes the loss of members in the church. Losing members (for whatever reason, and I think those reasons are legion) should be a time for sorrow and reflection, it seems to me. But for the schismatic folks in the denominations, any loss of "power" by "the other side" is treated as a victory.


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