First Baptist Church of Memphis Votes To Allow Same-Sex Weddings

  • metta

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    Jan 15, 2016 8:27 PM GMT
    First Baptist Church of Memphis Votes To Allow Same-Sex Weddings



    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/uncucumbered/first_baptist_church_of_memphis_votes_to_allow_same_sex_weddings?recruiter_id=17
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 15, 2016 10:50 PM GMT
    This should get the nearby New Madrid Fault rumbling, a baptist church opens its mind and heart by allowing same sex weddings. Awesome news but still quite shocking to say the least. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 15, 2016 10:53 PM GMT
    Truly the end times are niegh.
  • jeepguySD

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    Jan 15, 2016 11:51 PM GMT
    Really? Baptists? I feel a great disturbance in the Force.

    As Christ’s church, First Baptist Memphis is called to minister equally to all persons, extending to them the privileges afforded to any follower of Christ, including, but not limited to, baptism, membership, leadership, ordination, and marriage, and will not discriminate based on race, gender, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.

    Good for them, so long as they don't try to "repair" gays who enter their flock.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 16, 2016 12:22 AM GMT
    This could cause all the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs like James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin to get all bent out of shapeicon_lol.gif
  • FRE0

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    Jan 16, 2016 12:54 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis could cause all the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs like James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin to get all bent out of shapeicon_lol.gif


    Let us hope that it does.
  • Triggerman

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    Jan 16, 2016 1:11 AM GMT
    As an atheist, why should I care what a bunch of believers in the Supernatural believe in? Because all religious beliefs are beliefs in the Supernatural. Greater than nature. Thus, Super...Natural. Like UFO's and Loch Ness Monster
  • jeepguySD

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    Jan 16, 2016 2:55 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidAs an atheist, why should I care what a bunch of believers in the Supernatural believe in? Because all religious beliefs are beliefs in the Supernatural. Greater than nature. Thus, Super...Natural. Like UFO's and Loch Ness Monster


    You should care because, like it or not, the vast majority of Americans self-identify as "religious." The evangelical right tends to be venomously, vitriolically, anti-LGBT. So, for me it is nice to see some indications that Baptists -- often among the worst of the anti-LGBT zealots -- can be tolerant, and maybe even LGBT allies.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 16, 2016 8:28 PM GMT
    Triggerman saidAs an atheist, why should I care what a bunch of believers in the Supernatural believe in? Because all religious beliefs are beliefs in the Supernatural. Greater than nature. Thus, Super...Natural. Like UFO's and Loch Ness Monster


    If you really don't understand why you should care what others believe, I shall explain.

    What people believe influences their behavior towards other people. It is unclear to me why that is not obvious especially considering how some politicians have been behaving for the last several years and what laws they are attempting to enact. Moreover, if you understood that in which you do not believe (and it is possible to understand what one does not believe), you could at least use that understanding to oppose more effectively some of the silly and oppressive legislation that fundamentalists are attempting to enact.

    When Jesus was asked which is the most important command, the second half of his response was, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.". Via the parable of the Good Samaritan, He greatly expanded the definition of "neighbor" and made it clear that love was not mere sentiment, but rather, required helping and caring for one's neighbor.

    If you understood that, you would quite clearly see that attempting to repeal Social Security, attempting to repeal legislation which enables many people to have adequate medical care, etc. etc., are contrary to the very principals which the reactionary and hateful fundamentalists are supposed to support. Pointing that out to them would tend to undermine their effectiveness in enacting legislation which is contrary to the social justice that Christianity is supposed to support.

    The above should clearly explain why you should care what others believe.
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    Jan 21, 2016 2:13 AM GMT
    And
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    Feb 21, 2016 9:13 PM GMT
    I think Christianity is good and Christians basically seek the truth.

    It may take them a while to get there, but this is proof that it's happening.