Friday, July 11, 2014

Just skip the "dignity" and "love" crap

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church - Indi...
Yesterday District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, claiming that it “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.”Not surprisingly, Colorado's Catholic bishops are displeased.

In a statement issued through the Colorado Catholic Conference the bishops try to advance the usual nonsensical theory which they state as truth:
Upholding the truth about marriage advances the dignity of all people, and it promotes a culture that acknowledges, values and respects the unique and complementary gifts of both a mother and a father in the lives of children.
The bishops go on to say:
… as Catholics we have a duty to protect and preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our laws and policies. We are called to make this stand because redefining marriage will only further erode the family structure of our society.
When did they subscribe to this form of shariah? Since when do priests have political obligations? What type of arrogance would lead these mostly white celibate men to conclude that the American people want them to impose the teachings of their church on everyone else? Most Catholics don't see it that way. Furthermore, they draw a theoretical conclusion, stated as truth, that is not supported by any evidence. How has same-sex marriage eroded the family structure in any state where it is legal?

Then comes the inevitable BS, according to Catholic News Agency:
They stressed their sensitivity to the pastoral care of homosexual persons “in our communities, families and churches.”

“At the same time, our role as Catholic bishops requires that we speak the truth with charity. We affirm what our Church teaches – namely that we must treat our homosexual sisters and brothers with dignity and love, as we would all God’s children.”
The Church teaches that gay people are disordered. The Church also teaches that the placement of a child with a gay couple "does violence" to that child. Actually the Church doesn't believe in the very existence of gay people. We are just people with same-sex attraction, akin to the cravings of alcoholics and drug addicts, for which they offer their own pseudo-science 12-step program.

That is most certainly not treating gay people with dignity and love nor does that convey the concept that gay people are "sisters and brothers." Indeed, that is hate and it makes those bishops bigots by any reasonable standard. You don't get a pass on expressing hate by professing love. It is dishonest to suggest otherwise.

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