Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This priest has some strange ideas about civility

John Zuhlsdorf
John Zuhlsdorf is a Roman Catholic priest who resides in Madison, Wisconsin. According to Wikipedia he is a Catholic Internet personality — blogging as “Father Z.” Last week Father Zuhlsdorf posted a piece to his blog titled When they come to destroy your business because you are pro-traditional family.

According to Zuhlsdorf:
I’ve been thinking about how homosexualists target Christian businesses for destruction.  Approach a florist or a bakery or, now, a pizzeria and tell the owner that this is for a homosexual “wedding” and then hammer them with law suits.

And his advice, in part:
If it is something like catering, where your employees have to be there to provide services, tell them that all your people will smile, be professional, and everyone of them will be wearing crucifixes and have the Holy Family embroidered on their uniforms.  Then show them pictures of your uniforms. When the truck pulls up, speakers will be playing Immaculate Mary.  Show them the truck and play the music.
First of all this guy has the usual persecution complex. “Homosexualists?” Nobody is “targeting Christian businesses for destruction.” Nor, for that matter, is anyone identifying which businesses are owned by someone of any particular religion. The objective of visiting any business is not to serve legal papers but to be served. It's a simple concept and a reasonable expectation. If someone refuses service contrary to state or local law then, yes, that person might very well file a complaint.

If someone is denied service because of their status as a member of a minority group then it is they who are being persecuted. Instead of being utterly juvenile and obnoxious, like Zuhlsdorf suggests, how about simply asking for some understanding? Zuhlsdorf is an ultra conservative priest and has now been in the priesthood for 24 years. Perhaps if he lived in the real world or, perhaps, if he were married and had a gay child then he might have very different thoughts about service from a public accommodation.

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