March 07, 2006

"Arguement In Proper Perspective"

My pastor Dale forwarded me this e-mail. It is profound enough that I don't feel it requres additional comment:

Yesterday in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, was requested to testify. He did so......

At the end of his testimony, a right-wing senator said: "Mr Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man & a woman. What do you have to say about that?"

Raskin: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Considerable applause was reported.


  1. Thanks God for men of such bravery and wits. I wish I had been there to share that moment.

  2. Can I get an AMEN?!!!!!

    I love that....that says it all when these holy rollers get up in your face.

  3. And of course, the good senator's Bible says no such thing. The Bible assumes that marriage is between a man and a woman or even between a man and many women. It nowhere says a word about the issue in any context that is meaningful to the present discussion. One can claim, perhaps, that it is implied in Genesis 2:24, but why would one think that the sacred author was intending to say anything about same-sex unions in that passage? You would think God would know how to say what God wants to say. I have never understood a God who would hide the meaning of divine words so that they would be unclear to the reader. The evangelical tradition of relying on scripture mean that scripture must be comprehensible to the reader.

    We call it God's revelation, not God's crossword puzzle.