Letters to the Editor

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Tag: marriage

July
2nd

MARRIAGE: Defining Catholic teaching on marriage

Re: “Why religious leaders stick to their guns on homosexuality” (Your Voice, 6-28).

Rev. Donald Heinz gave an interesting point of view. Being a religious studies professor as well as a Lutheran minister, he must have considered these to be qualifying credentials to weigh in on what Catholicism teaches about marriage. We can all learn especially when information is complete.

What was disconcerting was his statement about Catholic teaching on marriage: “Hence all marital sex is about procreation.”

That is only half of what the Catholic Church teaches concerning marriage. Heinz conveniently left out the unitive dimension of conjugal love as

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July
1st

RELIGION: Truth can’t be based on polling

Re: “Why religious leaders stick to their guns on homosexuality” (Your Voice, 6-28).

Rev. Donald Heinz omits much in his discussion of homosexuality and the Christian conscience.

Since the earliest times, the Catholic Church has condemned homosexual acts, though they were widely tolerated in Roman culture. The church has always found in Scripture a beautiful explication of marriage.

God authors the one-flesh covenant between the first man and woman, and Jesus points us back to that primordial union. A myriad of marital images are woven through the Bible, representative of God and his people Israel, of Christ and the church, as

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April
29th

MARRIAGE: There’s irony in getting the state involved

Re: “What justices are really saying about gay marriage” (thenewstribune.com).

In his op-ed, Noah Feldman tells us about some of the things the U.S. Supreme Court justices are likely thinking as they address same-sex marriage.

One thing they are almost certainly mulling over is that for years, the church and married adults have cozied up to the government seeking a panoply of special rights and privileges. And so a raft of laws were passed benefiting married couples over unmarried adults.

In retrospect, many in the church might now regret involving the state in marriage at all, because now that the state’s

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Feb.
18th

AMERICA: It’s OK for minority to bully majority?

Why is it that if you believe marriage is defined as between one man and one woman you are labeled a bigot? If you disagree with the president’s damaging policies they call you a racist? Or if you believe that abortion is morally wrong you are said to hate women? If you are a devout believer in God and attend a church, you are somehow less intelligent and misled.

What happened to an America where people were allowed freedom and liberty and didn’t have a statist agenda forced upon them? When did the minority bully the majority?

I say it

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Feb.
18th

MARRIAGE: Don’t equate marriage, same-sex unions

Re: “Limits on marriage equality falling across the country” (TNT, 2-18).

At a time when many decry calling upon the name of Jesus Christ because it may be offensive to some, I openly take offense to your headline implying that the falling limits on same-sex unions equates to marriage equality.

No matter how many times you say a cat is a dog, a cat will never become a dog. Same-sex unions can be made legal throughout the land, but they are still same-sex unions.

One of the greatest gifts our creator granted each of us is freedom of choice.

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July
22nd

MARS HILL: Church needs a roof over its head

I was dismayed to see Peter Callaghan’s report in his Sunday column (TNT, 7-21) about the local eatery that cancelled a fundraiser set up by the Mars Hill Church to raise money to put a new roof over its sanctuary. This apparently resulted from pressure brought by a “social media” group intolerant of Mars Hill’s reported “old fashioned” theology about marriage, among other things.

I’m not a member of Mars Hill, nor do I know any members. Many of their beliefs are not congruent with those I hold. I do know that they bought a beautiful historic church building that

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July
2nd

MARRIAGE: Justices on both sides got it wrong

The majority of the Supreme Court justices said the federal government had to recognize the legitimacy of gay marriages for the purpose of assigning federal benefits. The dissent argued the matter should be left to the political process at the state level: state legislatures or the people through the initiative process. Both are wrong.

Abraham Lincoln once observed, regarding slavery, that it is either right or wrong; if wrong, which he believed it was, it could not be made right by a court, a Congress, a state or the people.

Gay marriage is wrong by nature, and cannot be made

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June
28th

MARRIAGE: Court errs with decisions

The Supreme Court erred in its recent “same-sex” marriage decisions. It failed to consider principles that are more fundamental, namely: the “right of association” and the “right to define the particular conduct of associates.”

For instance, heterosexual couples, many milieus ago, defined their unique relationship as “the union of one man and one woman” and named it “marriage.” All cultures maintained this definition sacrosanct since time immemorial.

Persons in other forms of relationships adopted different names: partners, civil unions, Apaches, Masons, Elks, Mormons. No one ever thought of forming a new association (legal, cultural, commercial, religious, tribal or otherwise) and

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