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(RNS) Beyond issuing denunciations, religious conservatives have a number of possible options for responding to the decisions, including renewing calls to protect religious freedom. But can they agree which path is best?

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  1. David Thompson

    If churches are committed to changing the law in areas that do not have a direct impact on them, then they should lose their tax-exempt status. If we are going to maintain a separation of church and state, then it must be delineated.

    This constant religious whine: “You can’t do that, because it offends my religious sensibilities” is nonsense. Religious have a right to religious freedom, but not a right to my freedom as outlined by the state. There are 60 million people at least that want nothing to do with these crazy evangelical fundamentalist Christians.

    The biggest criminals in the group are the Catholic pedophiles. They don’t get married, they sexually abuse children. What possibly gives them a right to talk at all?

    Keep the hypocrites locked up and quiet until they have their house in order. Which is basically forever.

    • Yeah. Like that time we took the confederacy back into the union. Y’all are STILL holding us back a century and a half later. I’d love to have two different nations, but, short of that, leave it to the states.

      • ethana2 has the right idea. You wanted your own country down there? Have it. Get lost. We don’t need you. The Northeastern states could do very well on their own. Freed from the necessity of dragging yahoos into the late nineteenth century we could be a prosperous, progressive, immigration-friendly, gay-friendly society.

  2. “…conservatives should now push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.”

    Good luck with that…..even if the amendment got through the initial process…it would have to be ratified by 38 states…and gay marriage is already legal in 13

  3. Priscilla Cardinale

    I think you left out the most obvious choice — do nothing. Just as Roe v. Wade did not and never will compel anyone to have and abortion, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, along with the 13 states that recognize same sex marriage, do not not compel anyone to marry a person of the same sex. Offering contraceptive insurance coverage does not compel anyone to take contraceptives either.

    True religious freedom entails not forcing your personal religious beliefs on others through civil laws but having the freedom to hold your own beliefs through personal choice. Everyone is still free to believe that abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage are wrong if they so choose; everyone else are now free to believe otherwise. No one is prevented from teaching and preaching their personal beliefs.

    Why do religious conservatives have so little trust and faith in their own beliefs and followers? If you teach these things are wrong why not trust your followers to abstain from abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage and leave it at that? Why the need to impose that belief on the millions of Americans who are not members of your faith tradition nor followers of your religion? This is about control and power, not religious freedom.

    The United States of America is not a theocracy and there is no official state religion. Why are religious conservatives so afraid that their beliefs will not be followed to the extent that they have to have enforcement by law rather than faith? That speaks to me of hypocrisy and lack of trust in their own belief system.

    • Excellent point of view. I think likewise. However, when we are talking about lives (and in the case of an abortion there is a life or two lives involved), we have a legal system which determines when it is a crime and when it is not a crime and laws are approved according to the beliefs of our representatives in Congress. There is no room for freedom to comply with the law or not.

  4. It’s time to face the possibility that this corrupt nation — including its Christians and other religionists — will soon be running head-on into divine judgment. Abe Lincoln and Ben Franklin tried to warn us about “forgetting God”, but let’s face it: America has forgotten God.

    You can blame whoever you want to, or spin whatever you want to, but it’s totally clear this week that America has forgotten God and is now a full candidate for divine disaster such as what Sodom, Gomorrah, and Canaan experienced.

  5. One of the main objections that I hear regarding same-sex marriage has to do with the fear that churches will be forced to perform the ceremony for same-sex couples. I have nearly lost my voice informing people that there are two parts to a marriage performed in a church: The civil part, and the blessing. Churches can deny and do deny couples they feel do not meet their requirements for marriage – such as people who have been divorced.
    After sixty years of experience with divorce, no churches are threatened with being forced to perform marriages for people who have been divorced. It is a very uninformed perspective to claim that same-sex marriages will be forced upon churches — but there are many isolated areas, and people who cling to their uninformed state who persist in voicing nonsense. It is frightening when it is the elected leaders who continue to voice this nonsense to churn up anxiety and anger among their constituents. But, hey, that is what passes for politics these days.

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