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Freedom, not oppression

Posted: August 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Regarding David Hegg's column "When world views collide," (Aug. 15): There are many different Christian interpretations of the Bible - from conservative to progressive. So I wonder, why would Pastor Hegg's interpretation of God's rules - his world view - be the one that the entire state must make its laws by?

Because he considers the more progressive churches to have "radically corrupted accepted laws of interpretation," does that make it so?

Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling on Proposition 8 does not require any church to change its world view. The ruling is respectful to the concerns of people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds, and he recognizes that their religious freedom will not be impacted by legalizing same-sex marriage. Hegg does not have to perform a single same-sex marriage if he doesn't want to.

On the other hand, there are a number of Christian denominations and faith groups that support same-sex marriages. Why should the state refuse to recognize those ceremonies while approving ceremonies by other clergy? Respect for church-state separation means the government should not be playing favorites when it comes to religion.

And I would say, as far as defining rules and rights - it is always better to err on the side of freedom and individual liberty, rather than on the side of oppression and restriction.

As Thomas Jefferson once said, "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."


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