Zeitgeist - 3/18/2005 1:04 PM
azimuth - 3/17/2005 11:22 PM
sometimes I wonder what would keep a govt. that officially endorses gay marriage from forcing religious entities to perform gay marriages or lose tax exempt status?
Does the state currently hold revocation of tax exempt status against religious entities that won't officiate interracial marriages?
Good question. I never doubt the power/will of a govt., when appropriately motivated, to take away one's money, freedom or life (or any combination of each). The change necesary to act as such only requires a prevailing breeze of public opinion.
There is already a tide of low esteem focused on relligion(s) from lobby groups and legal entities. I can see the possibility of such intrusion into a constitutionally protected practice, as we have seen the tendency of govt. to trample on the constitution whenever the itch occurs. Look at the rights of privacy and property. Look at the first and second amendment encroachments.
En fine, I'm not bothered by gay marriage. However, this world is not populated by all Azimuths. There are other more impressionable people watching the events of society unfold. I think the homosexual lifestyle, as practiced by many, is ill advised. The attempts to legitamize(sp) such a lifestyle is apparent to me. I believe this gay marriage issue, though not of the risky sort of behavior, if generally practiced, will legitamize homosexual practices further. And the youth of this nation are watching.
I expect I'll be called all sorts of names and such on this. It is only my opinion. As such, I do not believe it is wise to allow govt. to enter into this arena exept to protect individuals from the masses.
Should gays be allowed to marry? Yes, but I think it is socially unwise.