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Why Ban Online Ministers?

Attorneys in Tennessee are having a hard time convincing a federal judge that Tennessee’s new law banning ministers with online ordinations from solemnizing marriage is constitutional.

To be constitutional, the state must prove some rational basis for the ban. And though many think online ordinations are not real compared to the credentials provided by recognized religions like Christianity, Islam, or Judaism, the judge says the state has not provided a good reason for the ban.

But how can there be? According to the U.S. Supreme Court, marriage is just a social construct we make up instead of a real thing. But if marriage is a made-up thing, why can’t the qualifications for ministers officiating a marriage be a made-up thing, too? As Francis Schaeffer said, when we remove God from our thinking, we eliminate the basis for human rationality.


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America’s Choice: Compulsion or a ‘New Birth of Freedom’?

With today’s talk about socialism and the use of so-called “non-discrimination” laws to compel interactions in commerce and even within organizations, you can’t help but see a future America that is rife with legal compulsion.

You also can’t help but think of Abraham Lincoln’s resolve expressed at Gettysburg that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

But did you know that more than four hundred years earlier protestant reformer John Wycliffe said much the same: “The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people”?

The point is this: Compulsion will define our future unless there is a new birth of liberty under God in America.


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Denying Service to Religious Customers

After the Tennessee Democratic Party advised Cracker Barrel that a Knoxville-area pastor had preached a sermon lambasting homosexuality, Cracker Barrel informed the church that it could not use its facility for a meeting on “soul winning.”

The Party praised the restaurant chain’s decision, but didn’t it violate state and federal civil rights laws prohibiting public establishments from denying service based on creed or religion? And how could Cracker Barrel not provide service because a customer’s religious beliefs violated its beliefs, but a Christian baker or florist can’t refuse to provide custom wedding cakes and floral arrangements because their customer’s beliefs violated their religious beliefs?

Christians need to realize there is no such a thing as religious neutrality. Understand what has happened here: Tennessee’s Democratic Party expected non-neutrality, and Cracker Barrel chose to bow before the god of mammon.


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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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