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Pastor: Religious Leaders Opposing Cleveland’s Domestic Partnerships “Confuse Religion With Faith”

Jim Burroway

January 11th, 2009

Rev. Kenneth W. Chalker, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland, as also weighed in on Rev. C. Jay Matthews’ attempts to overturn Cleveland’s toothless Domestic Partnerships. He says that Matthews and others are confusing religion with faith:

It is not unlike the pastors 150 years ago who proclaimed the Bible’s endorsement of slavery as a legitimate enterprise, argued that there was no valid marriage between slaves, and therefore no reason to recognize loving relationships between slaves or recognize, in a legal way, their children.

It is not unlike a number of leading pastors in Birmingham, Ala., who joined together in 1963 to give biblically endorsed reasons why the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was out of line and moving too fast with his advocacy for civil rights and the elimination of legal segregation based on race and skin color.

It is all the result of confusing religion with faith.

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AdrianT
January 11th, 2009 | LINK

Since religion and the invocation of the supernatural to explain the Evolution of our lowly species, is based on faith alone, in the absence of evidence, I find it hard to justify accusing someone of ‘confusing religion with faith’. Or maybe, Rev Chalker is confusing religion with morality?

Ephilei
January 14th, 2009 | LINK

I too don’t see his point. Heterosexist Christians have faith that every word of the Bible is true and the most obvious interpretation is the correct one. Being religious gives you the same conclusion, following the orders and traditions of your religion. Heterosexists do not lack faith or religion. Morality, yes.

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