Being a latitudarian, I hold the separation of church and state as part of my sacrosanct liberality.
This brings to mind a fear expressed by Jefferson:
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection for his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose. —Thomas Jefferson
I fear that this change would encroach on Human Rights issues, Civil Rights issues, and Gay Rights issues.(Including other problems.) I fear that, as history has shown, governments that move towards theocratic rule can issue casuistic laws to quash liberties. But on the other hand, are civil unions the first step to the dismantling of the Mormon perspective of families and their eternal nature? What happens if children are to be adopted and brought up in civil unions…how does this fit into God’s Plan?
Another problem I see from this zealousness is that if you are going to change the constitution, then to whose version of “God endorsed” marriage do you apply it too? Would Father Abraham be arrested in America?We all know that one can argue anything with the Bible…or the Quran…
But yet…the church establishment sent out the petition for all its members to quash the civil union movement in America back in 2001/2002. Something I understand, but do not empathise with.
Is theoconservativism extremism or do I just need to be rebuked and told to get back into line? 🙂