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2942Signs of the Times

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  • nyguy_1225
    Sep 6, 2003
      Just a tiny sampling of news bits illustrating that intelligent and
      educated people all over the globe -- believers and non-believers
      alike -- are taking a fresh look at the issue of homosexuality and
      how it pertains to Scripture only to discover that much of what they
      had been taught about it over the years needs some serious
      rethinking. The times they are a'changin'...

      -- Asked what she thought would be the major cases in the Supreme
      Court in the 21st century, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor replied:
      cases "relating to how homosexuals are treated legally. We see a
      lot of these." She was addressing students at Gonzaga College High
      School, a Jesuit prep school in Washington, DC, on May 1. The
      session was carried on C-SPAN.

      -- Wal-Mart Stores, America's largest private employer, has expanded
      its anti-discrimination policy to gay and lesbian employees. As a
      result of Wal-Mart's decision, 9 of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies
      now bar such discrimination. "It's the right thing to do," said the
      vice president for communications.

      -- Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., president of Calvin Theological
      Seminary, addresses the Reformed theme of "redeeming every square
      inch" in his new book, Engaging God's World (Eerdmans). An
      excerpt: "God isn't content to save human beings in their individual
      activities; God wants to save social systems and economic structures
      too. If the management/labor structure contains built-in
      antagonism, then it needs to be redeemed. If the health-care
      delivery system reaches only the well-to-do, then it needs to be
      reformed. The same goes for hostile relationships of race, gender,
      or class. The same goes for proud and scornful attitudes among
      heterosexuals toward homosexuals."