New Testament on Civil Rights
OpEd: Bible is clear: marriage is one man & one woman
I BELIEVE that marriage is between one man and one woman. Founded as a nation of laws based upon the divine revelation of the Bible it is unthinkable that any reasonable person could suppose that we can turn so far from these truths as to authorize and
legalize the very practices that historically caused the God of the Bible to destroy whole nations and people groups. The Christian teaching about marriage is clear, in Eph. 5:31,32, "A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife."
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, electbernie.com, "I BELIEVE"
, Aug 11, 2010
OpEd: Apply Sermon on the Mount to gays, not Romans
For many practicing Christians, the inability to compromise may apply to gay marriage. I find such a position troublesome, particularly in a society in which Christian men and women have been known to engage in adultery or other violations of their
faith without civil penalty. I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens
a civil union that confers equivalent rights no such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simlpy because the people they love are of the same sex--nor am I willing to accept a readingof the
Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.
The heightened focus on marriage is a distraction from other, attainable measures to prevent discrimination and gays and lesbians.
Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.222-3
, Oct 1, 2006
Jesus treated women as equals, unlike "chattel" of His time
Most Bible scholars acknowledge that the Holy Scriptures were written when male dominance prevailed in every aspect of life. Women were considered to be chattel.
There is one incontrovertible fact concerning the relationship between
Jesus Christ and women: he treated them as equal to men. This dramatically differed from the prevailing custom of the times.
Although the 4 Gospels were written by men, they never report any instance of Jesus condoning sexual discrimination or the implied subservience of women.
It is ironic that women are now welcomed into all major professions and other positions
of leadership but are deprived of the right to serve Jesus Christ in positions of leadership as they did during his earthly ministry and in the early Christian churches.
Source: Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter, p. 87-90
, Sep 26, 2006
Other candidates on Civil Rights:
New Testament on other issues:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)
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