"In all the ages the Roman Church has owned slaves, bought and sold slaves, authorized and encouraged her children to trade in them. Long after some Christian peoples had freed their slaves the Church still held on to hers. If any could know, to absolute certainty, that all this was right, and according to God’s will and desire, surely it was she, since she was God’s specially appointed representative in the earth and sole authorized and infallible expounder of his Bible. There were the texts; there was no mistaking their meaning; she was right, she was doing in this thing what the Bible had mapped out for her to do. So unassailable was her position that in all the centuries she had no word to say against human slavery. Yet now at last, in our immediate day, we hear a Pope saying slave trading is wrong, and we see him sending an expedition to Africa to stop it. The texts remain: it is the practice that has changed. Why? Because the world has corrected the Bible. The Church never corrects it; and also never fails to drop in at the tail of the procession — and take the credit of the correction. As she will presently do in this instance."

— Mark Twain

Why do I oppose writing discrimination into the NC state constitution?  For me as a Christian minister, my faith compels me to oppose discrimination in all its forms and particularly in the form we see expressed in the proposed constitutional amendment.  My faith compels me for two reasons: first because this amendment imposes one group of churches’ interpretation of Christianity upon all North Carolinians and my faith teaches me that the state imposing a particular denominations’ view on other people corrupts both the church and the state.  Secondly because my faith teaches me that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…

This amendment promotes one particular, very conservative view of the Christian faith above all others, including many non-Christian faiths and even other Christian denominations.  Many religious groups in American such as the Unitarian Universalist Church do not oppose same-sex relationships and are refused the right to practice their own tenets by the ban on same-gender marriage.   What’s more, many Christian denominations also support GLBT equality, including the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the United Church of Christ, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, and my own faith family the Progressive Christian Alliance.   What our state is currently doing by banning gay marriage is imposing the religious views of certain religious denominations on all North Carolinians.  By writing this ban into our constitution, we are writing not just GLBT discrimination but also religious discrimination into our constitution.  We are beginning the slippery slope of imposing a few churches’ view on other people of faith and people outside the faith community.  I think all people of faith, and people of good will, ought to stand together against legislation that write into law impose the beliefs of one religious group upon all people, whether they are religious or not and whether or not those beliefs are a part of their faith.

My faith also compels me to oppose this amendment because my faith teaches me that injustice against any member of the human family is injustice against all.  What happens to my neighbors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and qustioning impacts me directly.  This is the message of the Christian faith throughout the ages.  “No man is an island to himself,” said John Donne, Anglican priest and poet.  Baptist preacher and civil rights leader Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  As the prophet Micah who is held in respect by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike witnessed, these issues of justice for others are at the core of what it means to be a person of faith: “[God] has shown you, O human, what is good.  What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, To love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

"A memorial to King just opened on the National Mall. It’s appropriate that it opened during the tenure of our first black president. But the statue of King, sitting near memorials to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, offers a pointed reminder for these times: presidents don’t create social change; popular movements do, and presidents respond."

— The Editors of The Christian Century, Presidential Limits

"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life"

— Jane Addams (Quaker, Presbyterian, Unitarian, reformer, ethicist)

(Source: uuquotes, via revnaomiking)

"Fear however, cannot stop the march toward freedom. History validates fear as an obstacle, not as an end. Our nation was fearful of abolishing slavery, to the point that it literally divided the country. Slavery was abolished and the nation healed. Our nation was fearful over women having the right to vote. Yet we, as a nation, have gotten through that as well. A nation that was fearful of interracial marriage now has a sitting justice enjoying such a relationship. New Jersey was fearful of two men adopting a little boy, and fearful of a little boy being nurtured to health by these two men. In one bold move, the State overcame its fear long enough to make New Jersey a leader. Now, we too believe. We believe in a country that is big enough and great enough to accept and nurture all of its citizens. We believe that most Americans are becoming painfully aware of persecution and inequality. We believe that their hearts are growing and soon, very soon, the love in their hearts will overpower the fear in their minds. It will speak louder than the hatred and evil we constantly battle."

-Jon Holden Galluccio, gay father (via knowhomo)