Equality Part 2
Merry Meet Internet,
I’m back again, and yes, I’m still up on this Virginia Case from the last post. I decided that I need to look more in depth into the more legal aspect of it. To do that I decided to turn to one the keenest political minds I know, Peter of www.greatplay.net/ fame. This is what he had to say:
“Despite being an atheist, I don’t have anything against religious ceremonies — I really want people to be able to get married in the way they choose, as long as they aren’t causing harm in the process. And I think it’s pretty clear that Pagan weddings don’t cause significant harm to anything.
The restriction [Virginia has] put in place (you have to own a building?) is extensively arbitrary, and seems to do nothing but oppress minority religions with insufficient resources and prevent people from marrying the way they want. Not only do I not like this because of the freedom of religion enshrined in First Amendment, but I want people to be able to fully express themselves, especially in something to them as important as their marriage.”
Another individual I consider smarter than myself, Rev. Don Lewis of the online “Witch School” was asked about the something along a similar subject.
In so many words Rev. Don says all Clergy, regardless of religion, have the same rights. With a little work I could get my University Coven affiliated with an organized pagan group, and then by Ohio Law I could apply to be counted as Clergy. I understand that states are given leeway to govern these things as they see fit, but when Ohio state says a Self-Taught 20 year-old can be counted as clergy and Virginia says that A woman who has gone through an extensive initiation process and formal training cannot we have crossed the line into the unreasonable and the ridiculous.
Hopefully this is my last post on this subject. I’m sorry if I’ve gotten a little to political, but next time I’ll be back with something new and exciting. Till next time, remember thou our god, remember thou our goddess, remember when the deities all stutter on your precious name, and may you all blessed be.