Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Vatican Condemns Intolerance for Tolerance - or something like that

Presumably this guy is referring to gays without actually saying so. I don't know what is happening in Europe but in this country the Catholic Church is trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else by force of law.

When they say that I am disordered; When they say that when we adopt children we do violence to them; When they behave as the world's largest anti-gay hate group it seems reasonable to expect some push-back.

There are some restrictions on hate speech in England. Those restrictions have been well earned. They seem deaf to the idea that their religious liberty is best protected by the separation of church and state. Furthermore, their idea of religious liberty is the right to discriminate in secular venues.

This also seems like the usual false equation narrative. While unspecific the idea is that if we can marry then they lose religious liberty. At least in this country that is an argument that they are losing. They seem to figure that because they are The Church, reciprocal respect is unnecessary.
A statement from the Holy See warned that prejudice against Christianity is growing in Europe, often under the guise of “tolerance.”

 “Intolerance in the name of ‘tolerance’ must be named for what it is and publicly condemned,” said Bishop Mario Toso, SDB. “To deny religiously informed moral argument a place in the public square is intolerant and anti-democratic.”

 “Or to put it another way, where there might be a clash of rights, religious freedom must never be regarded as inferior,” he explained.

 Bishop Toso delivered a Statement of the Holy See at the High Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination held in Albania on May 21-22. The gathering was convened under the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

 The bishop charged that in Europe, there is “a sharp dividing line has been drawn between religious belief and religious practice.”

 Because of this distinction, he said, Christians are told “that they can believe whatever they like in their own homes or heads, and largely worship as they wish in their own private churches, but they simply cannot act on those beliefs in public.”

 “This is a deliberate twisting and limiting of what religious freedom actually means, and it is not the freedom that was enshrined in international documents,” he stated.

 Bishop Toso pointed to severe restrictions on Christian speech and conscience that “can become the grounds of a criminal complaint, or at least intolerance, in many European countries.” He also noted an increase in vandalism and acts of violence against Christians and Christian institutions.

 The bishop warned that discrimination against Christians is as great a threat to society as anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia.

 He called it “remarkable” that in the 21st Century, Christians are faced with having to “abandon their faith and act against their conscience, or resist and face losing their livelihood.”

 On behalf of the Holy See, he asked that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe work to “guarantee that intolerance and discrimination against Christians is ended.”

 Bishop Toso called for the promotion of authentic religious freedom, stressing that the “right to believe in God and to practice that belief is a fundamental human right.”
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