Monday, July 04, 2005
Church comes up with new Bible: The United Church of Christ -- a "mainline" church that no one goes to anymore -- has decided to toss out Leviticus, at least the first chapter of Romans and sundry other pesky verses.
The resolution was adopted in the face of efforts to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. It was both a theological statement and a protest against discrimination, said the Rev. John H. Thomas, the president and general minister of the denomination, which has 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.
"On this July 4, the United Church of Christ has courageously acted to declare freedom, affirming marriage equality, affirming the civil rights of gay - of same-gender - couples to have their relationships recognized as marriages by the state, and encouraging our local churches to celebrate those marriages," Mr. Thomas said at a news conference after the vote by the General Synod.
Maybe, just to show how progressive they are, they can also bless one night stands.