Equality - In Our Faiths
April 9, 2007
End public funding of Catholic schools
Ontario spends $17.5 billion annually on education. Even so, many school boards face financial crises. We support the recommendations of human rights organization Education Equality in Ontario, in an effort to merge Ontario’s public and separate school systems into a single, secular, school system for each official language. The move has financial benefits and fights several forms of discrimination.
March 22, 2007
Gay marriage alters course of Christianity
The Institute for Progressive Christianity published an analysis of gay marriage that says same-sex marriage is changing Christianity. In his 48-page paper, The Kingdom of God And the Witness of Gay Marriage, Otis Gaddis says faith-based anti-gay arguments and "Scriptural interpretation have been effectively undermined and its scholarly legitimacy called into question."
Resources about faith and homosexuality:
Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell, "Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights", (2002), Doubleday / University of Wisconsin Press.
John Boswell's "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality", (1980), University of Chicago Press.
"Does the Bible Condemn Homosexuality? An Interview with Dr. Reverend Cheri DiNovo", The Turning Magazine, Summer, 2004
Hill and Rand Cheadle, "The Bible Tells Me So - Uses and Abuses of
Holy Scripture", (1996), Anchor Books.
Tom Horner, "Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times", (1978), Philadelphia: Westminster Press.
Vaughn Roste, "The Queer-positive Bible", a paper presented at the Diversity Conferences of Alberta, March 9, 2002
Open letter to religious leaders on marriage equality, (2004), Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
Scrogg, "The New Testament and Homosexuality"
Bishop John Shelby Spong, "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism", (1992), Harper San Francisco
"What We Wish We Had Known: Breaking the Silence, Moving Toward Understanding. A Resource for Individuals and Families", The Presbyterian Church, Mt. Kisco, New York, Third Edition.