Redefinition Harms Religious Liberties?

capitolIn the current national debate over efforts to redefine the historic institution of marriage, some key concerns have hardly been mentioned.

If five Supreme Court Justices collude for same-sex marriage, we will have yet another example of the “Federalization of American Culture.” This refers to the ever-expanding grasp of federal powers over issues that historically and constitutionally belonged to the states and to their citizens.

Additionally, the debate tends to overlook the “progressive” tactic of privatizing religious expression and rights of conscience. One expert* says this is accomplished if the liberals can shrink “the sphere within which people of faith are allowed to express and live out their beliefs.” In other words, your religious beliefs are okay in your home or church, but are not to be uttered or practiced in the public square. He goes on to postulate this political corollary: “As federalism increases, religious liberty decreases.”

* Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Religious Broadcasters; Director, John Milton Project for Free Speech


About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to write at,,, and Gary and his wife live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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