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Jimmy Carter Supports Gay Civil Marriage

Jimmy Carter Supports Gay Civil Marriage

 

Jimmy Carter, a committed Southern Baptist, said in an interview published this week that he supports gay civil marriage, though he cautioned against the government interfering with church autonomy.

Via the Huffington Post:

Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.

I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.

Carter was asked his opinion regarding biblical passages that would, for instance, forbid women from speaking in Church. He said those passages were based on the social constructs of the time and were now antiquated, before then being led onto the topic of gay rights.

As to whether the bible should be taken literally, Carter says that he believes that “the basic principles of the Bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge.” He offers there is some “fallibility” to the bible but  that the basic principles are sound.

The interview also sees Carter asked about how he reconciles his faith in God as a creator while at the same time maintaining that the scientific understanding of the origin of the universe is true.

Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” He is believed to be the only U.S. President to have received this prize after they left their role as POTUS.

 

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11:35AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Jimmy,

Rock on for Gay Marriages!!

11:20PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

like...

2:35PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Civil marriages....come on, just another step and proclaim equality for all.

5:51PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I admire Jimmy Carter. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization for one. He's an extremely intelligent person and one Christian leader I respect.

9:15PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

I love Jimmy Carter! Always have and always will -- He is a wonderful person -- Habitat for Humanity etc..... Love Love Love him.

10:28AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Jimmy Carter: Perhaps the most under-estimated president in the US. History will show his greatness. I never would vote for an evangelical as most I meet are so hard-headed they don't see what is real. They want to import a kind of Shiite Christianity on everyone else. Jimmy Carter...I would vote for you as you have strong Christian faith, but do not force it on others. I really support your position on Gay marriage...you renew my faith that Baptists may be Christians, after all.

9:24AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Good for him!

4:46AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Jimmy Carter, thanks to Obama he's the 2nd worst President ever!

2:42AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

President Carter is the living embodiment of the teachings and life examples set by the Christ. Every person who calls them self a "Christian" (or simply moral or decent) should hold Mr. Carter as one to emulate, rather than the nasty hate-filled bigots whose words and deeds in absolutely no way even approach being "Christ-like."

Thank you, Mr. President.

8:56PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

OH WOW.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU MR. CARTER, THANK YOU!!!!

When I grew up in NC, as a little girl, I grew up with so much respect for him, that later on, I never understood the negativity toward this man and I truly, still don't. Then as I watched him as young adult up til now, I have only grown in my respect and admiration for this man and his works.
I sincerely hope that his words reach and change the people who so desperately need to.

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