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Will Actions Follow the Ad?

Did you see this ad in the “A” section of today’s New York Times? After reading it, I am pleased to see the newfound commitment of some of my friends on the right to fight against anti-religious bigotry and violence against houses of worship. These are principles that have been at the core of the Interfaith Alliance’s mission since its founding.

While I wholeheartedly disagree with the position of the LDS church on proposition 8, I agree with the signers of the ad that they have every right to their opinion. I do wonder if the signers will be willing to spend tens-of-thousands of dollars along with their prestige the next time a primarily gay congregation’s legitimacy is called in to question, or a mosque is targeted for harassment.

I invite the ad’s signers to prove me wrong. I invite them to encourage houses of worship across the country to engage in dialogue across the political spectrum. Not to proselytize, but to build understanding. Not to change theology, but to understand each other’s theological perspective.

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Religious Checks

posted December 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I saw the ad, i can see worship changing when security guards are posted

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posted December 6, 2008 at 8:47 am

Have there actually been attacks against religion or has it bee protests against particular politics of religion? The ad uses the word mob very intentionally, making it seem unruly or out of control. From what I have heard these were not out of control events, but people making their displeasure known. It is also convenient to call this anti-religious when it is more often than not two competing religous views.

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Blue Collar Todd

posted December 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm

What is wrong with debating theology? Core doctrinal differences cannot be ignored. People’s souls are at stake are they not? Healthy and vigorous debate is needed, but not violent. And in case you didn’t see the radical gay activists disrupt a church service, here’s my link to it.

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posted December 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

Hi Todd,
I have to say I agree with you that church services should not be interrupted. Would you agree that anti-abortion activist should also not interrupt church services as they did repeatedly at the interfaith service at the Democratic Convention in Denver?

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Blue Collar Todd

posted December 7, 2008 at 1:54 pm


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