Letters to the Editor

Letter | Same-sex marriage debate shows need for new definition of Christianity

On October 31, 1521 a young priest, disillusioned by the immorality and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly by the selling of indulgences to the wealthy faithful whereby they could literally buy their way into heaven, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church.

That heroic gesture spawned a number of religions called Protestant, which despite differences, called themselves Christian. Most Americans say that they practice that faith. Do they? If same-sex marriage prevents someone from the free exercise of his or her religion, doesn’t cohabitation without benefit of clergy, which is very poplar, do the same?

Isn’t great damage done to marriage by those violate the Seventh Commandment. Should discrimination against heterosexual adulterers be made legal? Why does same sex marriage harm only those engaged in businesses who can exercise their right to religious freedom by refusing commerce with LGBTs (Lesbian, Gays, Bixexual, Transgender). How do non-business owners exercise that right?

Why do citizens in only a few red states feel that their freedom of religion needs protection. Why don’t the Christians in blue states or the nations of Europe feel the need of punitive laws to protect their freedom of religion? Are there no Christian LGBTs? Discrimination toward LGBTs is surely as much a perversion of Christianity as the sale of indulgences was to the wealthy.

Is there no spiritual leader amongst us who has the courage to redefine Christianity as it was done in 1521? Martin Luther where art thou?

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.