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In his essay Gay Marriage Shows Why We Need to Separate Church and State Reverend Howard Moody gives his account of how gay marriage should not be an issue when it comes to affairs of the state Moody uses many hasty generalizations that are presented as facts and attempts to sway the reader to accept that the church should have no influence on the subject of gay marriage Moody presents an argument that is both informative and contradictory of what one might expect from a minister as he answers questions that many have about the Bible and the sanctity of marriageOne may not expect to find that The purpose of this writing is to suggest that the gay-marriage debate is less about the legitimacy of the loving relationship of a same-sex couple than about the relationship of church and state and how they define marriage145 The fact stands that Christendom played a major role in Western civilization shaping of laws regarding social and moral behavior 145 Moody uses many other examples from the Bible to influence the reader that possibly a mistake is made when it comes to allowing or not allowing gay-marriages to take place Moody shares many passages from the Bible to affirm his belief that a separation of the church and state must be enforced Some of his interpretations are the followingIf we look at the history of religious institutions regarding marriage we will find not much unanimity but amazing diversity He states that in the Bible we will find anything but clarity It depends on which age and tradition from reading and from whose holy scriptures Early Jewish people had multiple wives and Saint Pauls conflicting and condescending words about the institution of marriage Its better not to marry 146 The author makes a hasty generalization when he states that there is a freedom allowed for the lifestyles of non-homosexuals Moody says They can be single and celibate without
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