Finally, we are seeing the liberal branches of Christianity exert their muscle in the same way conservative branches do. They are going to court, using their religious convictions to challenge those of conservatives and protect their own religious liberty.
One of the tenets of the United Church of Christ is that their marriage ceremony is available to all including gay couples. A state law in North Carolina prohibits UCC pastors from performing a service that is a part of their faith, thus violating UCC’s religious liberty.
I often post criticisms here about various branches of the faith. Other branches comment that they themselves are not guilty of the dogma I criticize and I should make sure that is known.
It is difficult to do this for all the various branches. I often say the branches of the faith should speak up, putting distance between themselves and those they disagree with. I congratulate the UCC for doing just that.
From personal experience, I know that going to court is a difficult route. There is no guarantee the UCC will get into court or that it will win once there. The expense is no small matter either.
But, taking this step serves another good purpose. It bring light to an issue, pointing out that there is more than one view about religion and homosexuality. Also, it shows the public that not all of the Christian faith is as backwards as Westboro Baptist, Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic churches.