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Does Religious Liberty Promote Polytheism?

Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist whose state courts said she violated state law for not designing a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding, is now asking the United States Supreme Court to hear her case.

While her primary argument is rooted in the First Amendment’s freedoms related to speech and expression, many Christians see the case as one of religious liberty. While religious liberty certainly appeals to Christians, it can hide what is really a claim by others to religious neutrality. And, from God’s perspective, there is no such thing.

Religious neutrality is at root polytheism. But rejecting cultural polytheism does not justify acrimonious attitudes. It does mean we need to see that embracing a religious liberty that promotes a religiously neutral culture denies God’s claim to His creation and the Gospel.


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Are You My Mother?

All of us had biological parents. Some also had adoptive parents. Others had a step parent because their widowed or divorced biological parent married another person. But Tennessee is now being sued on the ground that this limited understanding of parentage is unconstitutional.

The plaintiff, a woman, is arguing that she is a child’s mother because she was married to the child’s biological mother at the time the child was conceived through sperm donation.

This, she says, is required because the U.S. Supreme Court requires the state to treat same-sex marriages the same as male-female marriages. Thus, if a man and woman are both parents to a child born during their marriage, then two women must both be parents to a child born during their marriage.

So, if you think same-sex marriage is just about marriage, think again.


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Tennessee Celebrates a Birthday

On June 1, Tennessee celebrated its 223rd birthday, having officially separated from North Carolina in 1796.

While Tennessee’s first constitution borrowed heavily from that of its mother state, one interesting point of departure was North Carolina’s Constitution creating a religious test for public office. North Carolina’s Constitution provided that no person who denied the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion or the divine authority of either the Old or New Testaments could hold public office in that state.

The delegates to Tennessee’s constitutional convention took a more ecumenical approach, striking the provisions regarding Protestantism and the Bible, but even to this day, Tennessee’s Constitution provides that “no person who denies the being of God or a future state of rewards and punishments shall hold any office” in Tennessee.


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Whose House Needs Judging?

Last Thursday, the U.S House of Representatives voted in favor of the so-called Equality Act that, if passed by the U.S. Senate, would make biological confusion the law of the land. Businesses, schools, and even the YMCA will be required to treat men as women and vice versa if that is how a person subjectively wants to “identify.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, touting the act’s approval, said, “This is not about tolerance. This is about respect for our LGBTQ communities, this is about taking pride.”

When a nation’s leaders take pride in what God calls an abomination, will God forever remain silent, particularly if those who profess Jesus as Savior and Lord remain silent, too? Let Christians not think God’s judgment will begin in the U.S. House; Scripture tells us judgment begins in the house of God.


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How Do Politics and Religion Mix in Tennessee?

Tennessee’s General Assembly has been roiled in controversy for two weeks over publicly disclosed sexually explicit text messages between House Speaker Glen Casada and his Chief of Staff a couple of years ago.

The Speaker’s initial response was to pass them off as “locker room talk.” But then Democrats called for his resignation as Speaker, and now the Republican caucus plans to meet to discuss what to do.

In response to these actions, the Speaker listed certain institutional steps he would take to avoid such “missteps” in the future. But were his thoughts “missteps” that can be corrected by implementing institutional changes? And, for Christian caucus members, is “locker room” talk a sufficient justification for believing he is not the same person today as he was then?

Stay tuned: We’ll soon see how politics and religion mix in Tennessee.


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