I've made up my mind. Don't confuse me with the facts.
A wise man doesn't waste effort telling the world he's wise. If it's true, it will be self-evident.
Well at least he isn't preaching for the pro-abortion pro-gay marriage guy.
I had heard of a Virginia case a while back. I'll have to look for it. Here is an older case of a New Jersey church that lost property tax exemption over the issue. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/ny...rove.html?_r=0
I've done some checking and the Virginia case appears to be an "Urban myth" as I cannot substantiate it. The New Jersey case apparently happened because the church which owned to property invited the public to use it. Two lesbian couples sought to have their civil unions blessed and the church denied use of a church owned beach front pavilion for that purpose. The couples then sued and the state decided to revoke the church's property tax exemption. The court ruled that to deny use for the blessing of civil unions contstituted discrimination under the church's own policy to allow public use.
I wonder about the public use issue. The church I currently pastor owns 14 acres of land behind our building. I'm not sure why they church acquired it before I came. It is part of the flood plain of the small river that flows through town. Because it is subject to flooding, the state DEC has ruled that we can build nothing on it. We can't bring any material into the area unless we remove an equal volumn of some other material. About all we can do is use it for some recreation for Vacation Bible Schools, Youth activities etc. The problem we have is that other people use the land without permission. We've found ample evidence of outdoor drinking parties, and ATV usage. While we know we probably can't prevent such usage, I worry about liability. Suppose a kid gets badly hurt or killed as a result of either the drinking or ATV usage (or both at the same time). I believe the church's blanket insurance policy covers that, but could our lack of aggressive efforts to prevent unwanted use of the land be interpreted as tacet approval of public use, which then could be used by a gay couple, wanting to get married in a natural setting, to sue us if we deny permission???
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