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A Muted Conversation on Traditional Marriage

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Very well, Father, I’ll go to the March for Marriage. I must admit, I was somewhat chagrined when my priest sent all of us parishioners the email which began, “Christ is Risen!”, our traditional Paschal greeting at the Orthodox parish where I am a member. Really? A political rally? But my priest and my bishop were both insistent. Reluctantly, I headed for the National Mall.It was in this spirit that I attended the March for Marriage last week, just another face in a crowd of over 10,000. Unfortunately, my initial fears about the event were in part confirmed: There were plenty of tasteless and offensive picket signs. A Democratic State Senator from New York waved a cowboy hat and ranted about how much more Biblical he was than other Democrats. For some unfathomable reason, an evangelical group had hoisted a massive banner proclaiming “Halt Islam!” A Moses lookalike dressed in burlap held a massive bible and blew a four-foot ram’s horn. My friends looked at me uncomfortably. I was about ready to let my people go. Continue Reading »