Wednesday, July 11, 2007

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em

Seeing the clashes between homosexuals and different churches in the news is always interesting. I can't help but wonder why gays and lesbians focus so intently on church approval, either by persuasion or by force of lawsuit, but they seem to want it badly. I suppose it speaks to something philosophical, something about human nature and the appeal of the church. Hm . . .

In any event, a lesbian couple in New Jersey is suing a Methodist group because they were denied facility use for their civil union ceremony.

Now, they're not suing a church. The facility is a campground, which makes things a bit more interesting. Still, because it is a campground owned and run by Methodist organization, I don't foresee the lawsuit going anywhere. The couple is arguing that the campground is public domain and you can't discriminate when it comes to public domain. Any judge who decided that a campground owned by a religious organization is public property would not only be barking up the wrong tree, but opening up an insane can of worms. It seems as though that could lead to any religious property being labeled public domain, and that would pretty much send that whole "church/state" part of the 1st Amendment out the window.

Again, I don't see the lawsuit going anywhere. I find the entire case rather interesting, though. What is the purpose here? Is it that the campground holds some sort of religious significance to the two? Or is it a political goal, attempting to make the Methodist church (among others, if the lawsuit were successful) bow to the will of the homosexual activists? The article doesn't say. Either would come with interesting implications and consequences.

Still, I'm curious to see how this will play out.

Hat tip: Moonbattery

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