story: Focus Taiwan News Channel

Religious groups warn against 'diverse' family bill

2013/09/07 21:59:41

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Buddhist and Christian representatives and the leader of the Unification Church in Taiwan warned on Saturday against a bill to be sent to the Legislature that would legalize various forms of civil partnerships, including same-sex marriage.

The bill was drafted by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, which pushes recognition of civil partnership rights for all couples, irrespective of gender.

The amendments to the civil code also call for legal recognition of the rights of a group of more than two people to form a family whose members are not related by blood.

Members of several religious groups expressed their opposition to the bill Saturday, saying at a press conference in Taipei that it would be detrimental to "traditional family values."

Buddhist Master Shih Ching-yao said that while he respects same-sex couples, he also hopes they respect the traditional family value of the union of one man and one woman.

The union of one man and woman is nature's rule, Shih said in arguing against passage of the proposed legislation.

Chen Chih-hung, a pastor, said he worried that legalization of same-sex marriage would worsen the decline of Taiwan's birthrate and contribute to sexual promiscuity by the younger generation.

Chang Chuan-feng, head of the Unification Church Taiwan, echoed Chen's view, urging the government not to pass a bill that he contended would encourage promiscuity in Taiwan.

Chien Chih-chieh, secretary-general of the alliance, responded that non-traditional family forms are an international trend and have been in existence in Taiwan for years, and she said the government should safeguard their rights through the legislation.

She also dismissed the association between same-sex relationships and AIDS, saying the prevention of the viral disease lies in preventing unsafe sexual behavior rather than discouraging gay relationships. 

(By Chen Chih-chung and Scully Hsiao)

Tags: Buddhism, gay marriage

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The way this is presented raises questions about the details of this thing. But those aside, yeah, ask the Dalai Lama how he feels about it.

The way this is presented raises questions about the details of this thing.

How's that?

Ah, I just mean when I read "including same-sex marriage" I kinda thought "What's on the rest of the bill? Muslims? Beastiality?" But I'm mostly curious about this Shih-Ching yao guy. Who is he supposed to be representing and according to whom?

Buddhists can be just as big assholes as Christians and Muslims when it comes to human rights.

Oh? So people who identify themselves as Buddhist can do things that don't align with core Buddhist ideology? Absurd. That's to imply that they're somehow human.

But when it comes to these belief systems, Buddhism is the most cruelty-robust (when it's all said and done, you can judge any belief system by the nobility of its single most core concept-- bad seed, bad apple). Which is why I would love to hear from this Shih-Ching yao fellow...

Could be I've just been ignorant of the bad seeds. Buddhism seems so much like non-imposing philosophy, by nature. And they don't use excuses like "God told me how to act".

To the Theravadans gods are irrelevant. For such a large sect of such a large religion, I think it's kind of impressive. It definitely stands out. Sam Harris explains this better than anyone.

Oh? So people who identify themselves as Buddhist can do things that don't align with core Buddhist ideology?

Why not? Christians do it! A lot of the worst stuff coming out of Christian mouths would be pretty hard to align with the teaching of Jesus ("You who have never sinned, you be the first to throw a stone" and all that).

Agreed , H3xx . Buddhism is a non evidence based belief system , just like all other religions . They just haven't racked up as high a body count .
Non-evidence for what? Putting things like reincarnation across the board isn't safe. Gods, completely incorrect.
Their beliefs are not based on evidence , just like all religions. The woo of Buddhism may come in a tidier , more appealing package than western monotheisms , but it's woo nonetheless .
Which "they" and which beliefs? The belief in karma? The belief in compassion, temperance and reason?

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