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AZ Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Prop 102

Jim Burroway

September 29th, 2008

More than thirty members of clergy met last Tuesday to speak out against Arizona’s Prop 102. In a press conference before local media, the clergy gathered to voice their concerns over religious meddling in the state constitution.

We’ve posted several articles at Box Turtle Bulletin highlighting the efforts of at least one religious denomination seeking to impose its theological views into the constitutions of Arizona and California, sometimes raising alarm among some of that denomination’s members. These Tucson clergy members have a different view: keep politics out of marriage, and keep theology out of the constitution so that all people can live freely according to their beliefs.  From the Arizona Daily Star:

Tucson religious leaders who oppose Arizona’s marriage amendment spoke against it Tuesday, with many questioning why the measure is before voters again after it was defeated two years ago.

Rabbi Helen Cohn spoke of Jewish Scriptures in urging people to vote against Proposition 102, which would amend the Arizona Constitution to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman.

… Cohn said endorsing the amendment based on religious beliefs blurs the line between religious life and secular life. “Legislation based on one group’s religious beliefs is completely contrary to all this country stands for,” she said.

The Rev. Anna Bell, pastor of the Mosaic United Methodist Church, said Arizonans were “clear two years ago” in defeating a similar amendment. She said voters now are “ready for solutions to actual problems.”

“Religious beliefs and values are important to many Arizonans, but no religion should be able to use government enforcement to mandate its beliefs for all of us,” she said.

And from the Tucson Citizen:

Prop. 102 opponent the Rev. Frank Bergen, who has served as a priest in both the Roman Catholic Jesuit order and the Episcopal Church, said some people think everybody “should be bound by our religious concept of marriage.”

“Uh, uh; not so,” he said. He said his objection to Prop. 102 is actually rooted in religion. “Proposition 102 offends my sense of justice, and my sense of justice comes right out of my religious faith,” Bergen said.



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You can be sure that the church doing all the funding of this hateful proposition will ignore these faiths, just as they dismiss all other churches in their own home state.

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