Today I’ll go off-topic and talk about another divisive issue – whether people of the same gender should be allowed to marry. Some of my recent workshops on Bridging the God Gap took place in North Carolina, a few days after voters in that state approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-gender marriage. Most participants in these workshops were Unitarian Universalists, who typically support gay marriage. So I asked them to try the following communication exercise:
In this exercise assume that you strongly support freedom to marry, and one of your neighbors tells you the following: “I voted for the ban on gay marriage, but I feel torn. Some of my family members are gay, and I do not think they should be executed for that, even though that is what the Bible says. But my pastor says that God has ordained marriage as being between one man and one woman, and that sounds right to me.” Write down a constructive response to your neighbor’s comment.
I invite you to try this yourself, writing a constructive response rather than just thinking about it. In my next entry I’ll discuss this exercise, along with similar exercises I have suggested in previous posts that relate to theism versus atheism.
Roger Christan Schriner
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