Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Director of Harvard’s Seymour Institute for Black Church Studies, Says Marriage ‘Was Stolen from Blacks During Slavery’; ‘Material, Moral, and Spiritual Consequences Have Been Devastating’
Highlights from Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers’ address at the Vatican’s #Humanum Colloquium on Marriage and the Family
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“Across the United States and Europe, sexual partnerships between persons of the same sex [and] of the same gender are being legally recognized as marriage, thus abolishing in law the principle of marriage as a conjugal union and reducing it to nothing other than sexual or romantic partnerships or domestic companionship. The unavoidable message is a profoundly false and damaging one — that children do not need a mother and a father in a permanent and complementary bond… In the United States, those who promote what they call marriage equality have unjustly appropriated the language and mantle of the black struggle in the United States — the Civil Rights Movement. But there can be no equivalence between blacks’ experience of slavery and oppression and the circumstances of homosexuals.”
“God has called us to a sacred duty to defend the innocent and the disadvantaged, the children and the poor. The religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows who are in distress and keep ourselves from being polluted by the world as it says in James 1:27. We must relentlessly police ourselves whether we are the black church or Roman Catholic, Muslim, or Orthodox Jew, to ensure that no predators amongst us take advantage of these innocents.”