I mean it's not like the church is a governement organisation. Why shouldn't the preist be as arbitrary as he likes? I'm not saying he would sensible in doing that, but shouldn't he have the right?
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As temporary tactic during war. He didn't want to go down in history as evil.
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This is a complicated issue. The job of a priest is to make sure there is enough harmony - particularly in regard to the doctrinal teachings of his specific organization - between the organization and the specific values of both parties seeking marriage.
Any violation of that should be grounds for refusal. If it's a Baptist and a Buddhist, that's asking for some straight-up Nephillim-style trouble with the bitter, confused kids down the road. It helps nobody.
Take a look at the Book of Ruth, for example. Ruth was from Moab. Once it was clear she had forsaken the gods of Moab, she was free to marry Boaz. Had she retained her cultural traditions and original non-Jewish faith, she'd have been forbidden to marry.
The only reason Jews in the Old Testament were warned not to marry foreigners was because of the ancient notion of regionalized religion. This land has these gods, that other land had its gods. But if God had to share Israel with every other god, then that was the spiritual equivalent of genocide. Especially if worship of him was all but forbidden in non-Jewish lands.
In the modern day, inter-racial marriage means little to a priest. Skin color is meaningless, other than which diseases children are most at risk for. Cultural traditions are a yellow light. Religious inconsistency is a red light.
A priest that cannot comprehend the green-yellow-red at play is not very good at his job. In which case, why would you insist on that particular priest's services? That anyone would, means their motives should be questioned. Those calling for the jailing of priests who refuse to perform XYZ particular wedding are flat-out insane.
I may not agree with a given priest's specific position, but I would defend his right not to be forced into association with something he clearly feels is wrong.
Society today should tremble that it does not feel the same way. Somehow, we have morphed as a society from thinking like Evelyn Beatrice Hall to thinking more like Marquis deSade. And there is no excuse allowing our modern thoughts to be dictated by the philosophies of the worst French and Germans that ever lived.0