Monday, June 29, 2015

Now I get to lose friends . . .

Yes, Obama's spiel at the Charleston church was spectacular, artful, wonderful. God's grace is great — if you qualify and can get it. But here's my problem: after all that forgiveness and grace, how many seriously committed Christians — including black Christians — are going to allow for gay marriage? And, further, stand up to say so? 

And no, not that you asked me, but the Constitution is not an intrinsically Christian  document; its origins, on the contrary, are in the Enlightenment, a momentously secular unfolding.

And no, the United States is not by definition a Christian commonwealth, whatever that might mean. It's a richer, more complicated, polyglot thing. I say that as a Jew — and as an American.

All this is so obvious I shouldn't even have to say it. But some of the avowedly Christian reaction to gay marriage occasions it.

2 comments:

  1. The Bible is the book that Thomas Jefferson did not believe in....... Not some other tradition...... if that makes sense.

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  2. he only disbelieved in the religious element, i think...

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