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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (June 4, 2006)      

               "The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen, or can see."  ... " Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." -- Benjamin Franklin, (1706 - 1790) US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician

       
It all started with Revelation 13:18 in the Bible: "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six."  The beast is also known as the Anti-Christ, according to some apocalyptic theories.

     George Bush, the current President of the United States, has proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to ban same-sex marriage.  He has stated that it is of "profound importance to protect marriage in America from activist judges."  In other words, judges who understand that the Constitution of the United States already addresses this issue in our "separation of church and state" ... and that the only justification for banning same-sex marriage is based on religious concepts ... and this form of discrimination is not protected by the Constitution ... liberty, on the other hand is protected by the Constitution.

     Rabbi David Ellen son writes, "His belief that “the sanctity of the family” needs to be defended from the “threat” that gay and lesbian couples ostensibly pose to heterosexual family units is hardly surprising. After all, when asked about same-sex unions after a court decision that affirmed the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the president commented, “We are all sinners.”

     Religious bias and ignorance has influenced the laws in the United States before.  Interracial marriage was banned in many states for years.  And in Massachusetts, Governor Mitt Romney, used a little known law that banned interracial marriage to prevent gay and lesbian non-residents of Massachusetts from being married in the state, even after gay and lesbian residents of Massachusetts could legally marry.  As a Mormon, Governor Mitt Romney should understand that religious concepts "evolve" ... polygamy being a good example of this.

     The American Media is certainly playing its typical role in this debate by interviewing fundamentalist ministers who are for the ban against same-sex marriage ... and totally ignoring that there is another large group of ministers who advocate same-sex marriage; Interfaith Alliance, Clergy for Fairness.  One minister, I happened to see on a television news program, stated that he "represented Jesus Christ" and that Jesus would be against same-sex marriage.  We must not know the same Jesus ... the Master Mind Jesus that I know stated, "what you do to the least of these (the oppressed), you do to me" ... and instructed us to "love one another."  

   
My concern is not so much about same-sex marriage, as I truly believe that Love is Powerful and Love will find Its Perfect Way in bringing about a greater expression of Itself ... and is not dependent on George Bush's approval or the approval of the fundamentalists ministers who have not evolved beyond the Old Testament in consciousness ... as the Radical Rabbi Jesus stated, "you know every letter of the law but you have no love in your hearts."  HE WAS RIGHT THEN AND HE IS RIGHT NOW!

     In truth, this amendment would discriminate against my religious beliefs ... which is to honor Love as God and God as Love.  Love is color-blind, nationality-blind, blind to religion and to any thing that seeks to "limit" Its perfect expression.  I believe that to love and cherish another person is "of God"  ... and it is "God's business" ... not man's ... and man's law has never successfully legislated against God's Law and never will.  This amendment sets us up for more hate ... more ignorance ... and more limitation ... it is not affirmative ... and therefore has no foundation in Spiritual Law.

     President Bush, in his ignorance, does not understand the impact of hurt and hate that just the proposal of this amendment can cause to the consciousness of the people of the United States.  Those who already discriminate and lack understanding of gay and lesbian people, will feel even more justified in their hate and discrimination.  Not that this consciousness has the power to harm gay and lesbian people ... but it does have the power to create an avenue of chaos in the collective consciousness of the American people ... creating an avenue for ignorance and acts of ignorance to be demonstrated.  He would have been wise to have taken his wife's advice [Laura Bush] and stayed away from this issue.

    The Netherlands offered full, legal marriage for same-sex couples in April 2001. This was followed by Belgium in January 2003. By June 2003, the Canadian province of Ontario, and as of July 2003, British Columbia offered legal marriage to same-sex couples. In 2004 the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Labrador, and the Yukon Territory joined the group. In 2005, the Canadian province of New Brunswick also allowed legal marriage. 

    The countries and provinces above still exist today ... they have not been destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah-s as the fundamentalists would have us believe ... and neither has the sacredness of marriage been adversely affected or destroyed by these countries legalizing same-sex marriage.
     
    
Why is the United States President calling this an issue of "profound importance" when the evidence surely shows that legalizing same-sex marriage has not adversely affected the societies in which it is legal? ... I cannot read his mind nor can I speak from his consciousness ... but this I do know ... the United States has plenty of issues that "appear" to be far more important at this time.  A recent CNN Poll shows that 50% of Americans are for this amendment, 47% oppose and 3% hold no opinion ... almost the same number of people who supported and elected this President ... but now his favorable poll numbers are low ... very low.  But perhaps he will have a "come to Jesus" moment and realize that Love will bind us together and help us resolve our issues ... hate will only continue to separate us and create more problems still.  It is no coincidence that this amendment is being debated around the date of 6-6-6 ... most of the debate is based on the same superstitions and ignorance surrounding this set of numbers.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love,
Rev. Bates

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