Letters to the Editor

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Tag: religion

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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June
29th

RELIGION: Minister off the mark on evangelicals

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

Lutheran minister Donald Heinz apparently considers himself an authority on what evangelical Christians think, believe and say around our “ghettoized campfires,” apparently referring to our gatherings and the opinions expressed there.

I was not raised a Christian, but at 21 believed the gospel message of Christ and have never strayed from it or from regular church attendance over a span of 40-plus years. In all those years I can’t recall a sermon or even a conversation that implied homosexuals should be rejected as Heinz alleges.

On the

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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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April
8th

RELIGION: Where’s anger over Apple’s hypocrisy?

Re: Attacks on Christians cry for world’s condemnation” (editorial, 4-8).

The editorial provides some sobering and much-needed perspective regarding Christian persecution. It’s a pity we cannot have the same thing regarding persecution of gays.

Consider the matter of Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook. Cook - an out gay - recently made headlines and was lauded as a hero when he excoriated Indiana’s religious freedom law in an op-ed. Yet Apple still has stores in Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries where gays are regularly imprisoned, tortured or executed.

One would hope that iPhone-toting liberals would take notice.

Lately there has been a lot of discussion surrounding

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April
7th

RELIGION: Businesses must abide by anti-bias laws

Re: “Are we being forced to ignore our beliefs?” (letter, 4-5).

In matters of commerce, marketable goods and profit it is very clear that we do “render unto Caesar.” You can call it Mom and Pop, family-owned or a sole proprietor, but when you sell to the public you are required to hold a state-issued business license. You also have an obligation (in the marketplace) to abide by the anti-discrimination laws your state upholds.

Christian beliefs are not being admonished when shop owners are sued over unfair business practices. The central issue is not “what” you believe but “why”

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April
6th

RELIGION: Constitution doesn’t sanction discrimination

Re: “Are we being forced to ignore our beliefs?” (letter, 4-5).

This is really an old argument, a Christian business owner refusing service to a customer on religious grounds. Providing a floral arrangement, catering food or taking photos of a same-sex celebration of love and marriage is seen as a sacrilegious act, as well as a “public enshrinement of sin.”

Of course, these goods and services are secular operations and have nothing whatsoever to do with any religious function. The true believers among the Christian as well as other religions claim that marriage is a “sacred institution,” yet it is socially institutionalized

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April
6th

RELIGON: Jesus didn’t create morality police

In America, retailers choose what they will sell, not who they will sell to. A Jewish restaurant owner can keep pork off the menu but can’t keep Gentiles out of the restaurant. A Christian florist can refuse to sell roses altogether but can’t refuse to sell roses to a Hindu who plans to offer them to Shiva.

Jesus didn’t commission his people to be morality police nor enjoin them to withhold goods or services from those whose lifestyles he doesn’t approve. He never said anything like, “If you are aware of someone’s sin, refuse to serve them,” but he definitely

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