I suspect by now, you’ve heard about how a judge in Louisiana refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.
… [Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward] told Hammond’s Daily Star in a story published Thursday that he was concerned for the children who might be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don’t last.
“I’m not a racist,” Bardwell told the newspaper. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”
I haven’t heard anyone defending his actions. Which makes sense, because he’s a bigot. Even government officials are calling for his resignation.
Bardwell’s conscience told him he should not issue the license — and he chose to follow his conscience instead of the law. He hasn’t said this is the reason for his thinking, but the Bible has been used to make the case against interracial couples. Bardwell directed the couple to another justice of the peace so he wouldn’t have to perform the action himself. I also wonder: If he can’t fulfill the requirements of his job, why did he go into that line of work in the first place?
And how are all these details any different from those of Christian pharmacists who refuse to dispense Plan B because it goes against their personal beliefs?
They, too, want to be protected by “conscience clauses”; they sometimes direct patients to a different pharmacist; they can’t fulfill the requirements of their job… but many Christians defend their actions.
What’s the difference?
In both instances, the offenders ought to be stripped of their titles and out of their jobs.
(Thanks to Tyson, for raising the question)
The Creation Museum’s founder Ken Ham says today that the Bible does indeed forbid interracial marriages, but it’s only referring to “spiritual” races, not “color” races:
At [Answers in Genesis] we have always taught that biologically there is only one race (Adam’s race), however, spiritually, there are two races (the saved and unsaved). It is the two spiritual “races” that God clearly instructs in His Word not to mix in marriage. In other words, when someone asks me “does the Bible deal with interracial marriage?” I answer, “it sure does, it makes it clear the saved ‘race’ should never knowingly marry the unsaved ‘race’ — and that’s all the Bible teaches about ‘interracial’ marriage.’” Biologically, there is no such thing as “interracial” marriage as there is only one “race” — we are all descendants of one man, Adam. There are different people groups, particularly because of the Tower of Babel.
So, Christians and atheists, God hates you if you get married. Same to any two married people who believe in a different invisible person.
But, apparently, Ham is totally fine with two atheists getting married…? (Yay for two “unsaved” people!)