Topic: Marriage

Article: Does The Bible Define Marriage?

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-12-22 23:42:47

NO! Not at all! Politicians often use the Bible for political gain and are not interested in the truth. They look for an ancient sound bite to convince people of whatever they already believe.
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Article: 35 Of Pope Francis's Most Prophetic Statements

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-10-26 20:00:37

Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Church with his humble lifestyle and direct and often challenging commentary on world affairs and personal ethics.  
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Rush Limbaugh
"Obamacare is going to increase the divorce rate."
There is concern about a "marriage penalty," which exists for other federal programs with sliding income eligibility scales, but experts said the effect may be marginal, as no one has done the research to nail down reasonable expectations.
Ed Lindsey, GA
Bob Barr has changed his position on the Defense of Marriage Act over the years.
Barr guided DOMA to passage as a Republican in the mid-1990s. But then Barr became a Libertarian and apologized for his role in getting the bill passed. As a Libertarian, Barr has said DOMA has been used by the government to overstep its authority.
National Organization for Marriage
"Religious groups like Knights of Columbus have been forced to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their facilities, against their beliefs."
The claim made in a newspaper ad just before an election cited examples which were shown to be false.  (Groups who claim to represent morals should have some.)
Rick Santorum
"Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock."
According to the most recent data available, 2009, there is a record high of births to unmarried mothers.  But births to unmarried teens as a percentage of all unmarried births has declined (21%).
Research
Religious trends in America
According to a 2013 study by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute, 23 percent of 18- to 33-year-olds are religious progressives, 17 percent are religious conservatives, and 22 percent are non-religious. (page 34 of comprehensive report)
Greg Abbott, TX GOP
63 Texas Republicans Sign Court Brief Saying Marriage Equality Could Lead To Legal Incest, Pedophilia
These politicians are supporting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to reinstate the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. They say that legalizing same-sex marriage could provide legal justification for the recognition of various moral taboos, but their argument has no logic or understanding of the topic. 

Progressive Christians
How my father's gay marriage trial re-ignited my calling to the ministry
The gay son of Methodist pastor, Rev. Frank Schaefer, shared how the harmful language of the Church he loved and served as an adolescent had driven him into a deep depression and to the brink of suicide.  His father's trial and defrocking for performing his gay marriage has led to a deeper faith and to a call to the ministry.

Rush Limbaugh
"A married couple that" use the same last name "is rarer and rarer in our country."
Best we can tell, married couples who share the same last name is not rare at all. The latest U.S. census figures on the topic show that as of 2004, some 94 percent of married, American-born women in the U.S. were using their husband's last name.
Roy Moore R-al
Alabamians "haven’t changed their opinion" on same-sex marriage since voting to ban it in 2006.
An overwhelming number of people still oppose same-sex marriage in Alabama, but polling data suggests measurable movement on this issue. Recent polls show about 71 percent of likely voters oppose same-sex marriage today.
Tim Cook
"Legislation being considered in Texas to strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples."
Cook fairly summarized Bell’s legislation. But clarification was missing in that the proposal wasn’t "being considered" by lawmakers either then or when Politifact completed their review a couple of weeks later.
Ted Cruz Tx
The Supreme Court’s views "are radically out of step with public opinion" regarding its decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Most polls found by PolitiFact say around 60 percent favor same-sex marriage -- a high point. At the state level, the majority holds in most cases.
Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter said in a recent interview that he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage.
"I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else," Carter said in a HuffPost Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill published Tuesday.
Ted Cruz Tx
Ted Cruz says Supreme Court is out of step with public on same-sex marriage, but polls don’t agree.
Support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically.  A February 2015 CBS News poll found 56 percent said Gay marriage should be left to states, but that dropped to 41% by June. A Gallup poll says that 60% support Gay marriage.
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says states not directly involved in the gay marriage lawsuits that reached the Supreme Court "are not bound" by the court’s ruling.
Other courts would be bound by the Supreme Court’s precedent, making the ruling applicable throughout the nation.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis calls on church to welcome divorced Catholics.
Pope Francis "has encouraged debate on changing pastoral practices to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to take communion." "For how can we encourage these parents to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of Christian faith, if we keep them at arm's length?"
Josh Duggar
The double life of anti-gay, Former Family Research Council VP, Josh Duggar, is again exposed for seeking online extra-marital affairs.
The Religious Right leader and “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star, already scared by past abuse charges, now admits he was unfaithful to his wife after it was revealed that he had a paid account on Ashley Madison, a website for people seeking extramarital affairs, while he worked as a top FRC official.
Kim Davis Anti-same-sex Marriage
Kim Davis, The Kentucky county clerk who went to jail to avoid issuing same-sex marriage licenses, is an Apostolic Christian. What does that mean?
Apostolic Pentecostals do not use alcohol or tobacco. They generally don’t watch TV or movies. Women wear long dresses, and don’t cut their hair or wear makeup. Apostolic men, however, look “like everybody else. ”It’s called “external holiness,”
Mike Huckabee
On MSNBC Morning Joe, 9/9/15, Republican presidential candidate Huckabee could not defend his stance against same sex marriage.
Huckabee was asked if he would issue a second divorce to Kim Davis, or refuse since Jesus condemned divorce, but said nothing about homosexuality.   Huckabee could not answer.  He quoted Matthew 19 to support his narrow definition of marriage, however that verse was actually one where Jesus was condemning divorce.

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