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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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