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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (July 31, 2005)      

        "Divine Spirit is the limitless potential of human life." - Thomas Troward

A massive gathering in Washington, D.C., was conceived by the Rev. Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington, who organized the Mayday for Marriage rally at Safeco Field back in May.  "I think that traditional marriage is under attack," Hutcherson said. "I think it's an emergency situation. The church has to stand up.  We believe this fight is so important because (those wanting to expand the definition of marriage) are trying to get the Christian influence, religious influence, out of society. The Constitution never says there was a separation of church and state. It is the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion. And that's why we're fighting so hard.  They can't call me prejudiced, can they? I'm hoping that coming from an African American like myself, that the African American people will wake up also and quit following the likes of people like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. ... They are living lives that are immoral. I mean, Rev. Jesse Jackson has proven that he's not a man of the cloth as far as staying strictly to the Bible."

"God didn't create Adam and Steve" ... is the rallying cry for fundamentalist Christians like Rev. Ken Hutcherson.  After the last election when it was opined that politicians who were against "same-sex marriage" were more moral than politicians who were opposed to sending our young men and women to die in Iraq ... even some of the more "balanced" politicians like Wesley Clark, acquiesced to the Christian Right's position that being for same-sex marriage was wrong.  But like Hutcherson's lack of knowledge of the Constitution ... Wesley Clark missed the mark as well.

       Judge Thomas Troward was an authority on the Bible and Spirituality.  He understood the Originating Creative Process more than anyone before him or after him ... except the Master Mind Jesus.  The Science of Mind owes much of its "substance" to Judge Troward.  The nature of Spirit is "liberty" ... and liberty requires freedom of expression.  Since the nature of Spirit is liberty, it is our nature as well.  Repressing liberty does not benefit a society unless of course, that liberty tramples on the rights of others.  Legalizing same-sex marriage does not outlaw opposite-sex marriage.  No one's marriage can be threatened by anyone or anything outside of their marriage unless they choose to let it be so.  This is not just a spiritual law but also basic common sense.

      I am not opposed to any minister, priest or rabbi preaching their personal philosophies from their pulpits ... but I am opposed to legislation that is based solely on religion.  Religion has a vicious history not only in this country but in the history of the world as well.  The same religious leaders who are opposed to same-sex marriage are the same people who will use their judgments against gay and lesbian people to "fund-raise" for their ministries ... and they do this through fear and self-righteous judgment ...  through fear they teach that there are two gods ... God and the Devil ... but this has never been the Truth.  As we read in scripture, "I, I am the Lord, there is none other."

The Master Mind Jesus understood the power that religion attempted to take from God in the minds of men/women, and He attempted to evolve people's understanding and awareness of their relationship to God ... but religion has taken His great work and distorted it and manipulated it to its darkest degree.  The fundamentalist religious leaders of the world have down-graded God to the level of man and continue to promote their distorted "God created in the image of man" ... instead of the Truth ... GOD IS ALL ... gay, straight, black, white, brown, green, yellow or red ... if we can see it .... IT IS GOD ... "Divine Spirit is the limitless potential of human life" ... and that's the Truth about Adam and Steve!

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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