June 6, 2006

Too Little, Too Late: Progressive Christians Oppose Marriage Amendment

Christian leaders tout tolerance

This article describes a coalition of progressive Christians who are organizing to oppose the marriage amendment being pushed by their extremist colleagues (and embarrassingly supported by our President). I applaud their efforts, but their refusal to directly confront the Christian right is inexcusable. It isn't good enough to say, "Not all Christians feel that way." If your beliefs are really so different from theirs, how can you both claim to be Christians?

Progressive Christians, keep preaching tolerance. But recognize that Christianity, as it appears in your bible is not about tolerance. In fact, the only way Christianity is about "tolerance and human rights for all" is if one selectively omits large portions of the Christian bible (e.g., everything about hell, calls to kill non-believers, etc.) and ignores the theme of intolerance which runs through it.

Perhaps the most important difference between progressive Christians and fundamentalist Christians is that the progressives allow their message to evolve with the times and the fundamentalists do not. The thing is, when the core teachings you propose have evolved so far beyond your bible that few remaining links are still evident, the rest of us aren't sure what to make of it.

In any case, I'm not sure that progressives have much influence remaining. By refusing to vocally oppose the Christian extremists on multiple fronts, they have become less relevant. Progressive Christians, your puzzling inaction makes you equally culpable as the right-wing nutjobs whose policies you are finally starting to question. Your opposition to the marriage amendment is admirable, but I fear that it may be too little, too late.

Read my letter to my state senators and send your own here.

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