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Both proponents of gay rights and defenders of Christians who refuse to provide certain services to gay couples will, no doubt, read much more into the decision handed down today than is warranted.
The Post reports: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Kennedy that leaves many questions unanswered, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately taken into account the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips.
Talk openly and honestly with your children and encourage their curiosity.
Phillips was entitled to a neutral decisionmaker who would give full and fair consideration to his religious objection as he sought to assert it in all of the circumstances in which this case was presented, considered, and decided.” Kennedy underscored how limited was his ruling.There are thousands of religions practiced worldwide, but research from the Pew Research Center indicates that the main religious groups in the United States are as follows: Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox Christian, Jehovah's Witness, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.And of course, trying to teach your kids aboutthese religions can feel intimidating, especially for those of us who never studied theology. Philip Cunningham, an actual professor of theology (and director at the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations Specializations at Saint Joseph's University), says that the process doesn't have to be scary as long as you are prepared."Whatever parents may intend or whatever sentiments they may consciously or unconsciously hold, they inevitably pass along to their children their own attitudes and beliefs about religion and God. Parents should examine and discuss their own convictions and what they hope for their children," Cunningham told She Knows.Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the holocaust, whether it be—I mean, we—we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination.And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to—to use their religion to hurt others.” …. In short, the Commission’s consideration of Phillips’ religious objection did not accord with its treatment of these other objections.
Finally, it's more than OK to admit that you don't have all of the answers.