Sunday, June 28, 2015

And so it begins - CatholicVote.org


“We never sought nor required your approval. Our world does not orbit around the religious beliefs of orthodox Catholics. We don't care.”

Sunday, the most popular post at CatholicVote.org is “The marriage debate is merely a proxy for a much larger revolution underway.” The post is not attributed to an individual author which is fitting since it is an amalgam of talking points floating through religious orthodoxy in reaction to Friday's Supreme Court ruling.

As an aside, CatholicVote.org is a trade name for two non-profit organizations; Fidelis and Fidelis Center for Law and Justice which are a 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 respectively and have combined revenues of $4.4 million.

Back to the post:
Today we got the “Roe v. Wade of marriage” — where the Court pretends to settle a controversial social question by judicial fiat, while the rest of America says: “no way.”
What polls do these people read? Also, there was no “pretense.” The Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. Just as the Court once ruled that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. Both issues are settled law just as Griswold v. Connecticut settled the issue of contraception notwithstanding the disapproval of the Church.
For years same-sex marriage advocates have knowingly lied and deceived the public. They first claimed that they simply wanted the right to ‘marry’ the person they love. And yet where same-sex marriage has been approved, a tiny percentage of gay people got married.
Ah, but which statement is really the big lie? We have no idea what percentage of Americans have entered into same-sex marriages. Without federal recognition – which only came about in 2013 as a result of US v. Windsor – same-sex marriage had considerably less appeal. More importantly, it is irrelevant. Deception is to claim that there is a factual basis for the conclusion that “only a tiny percentage of gay people got married." We don't even have the accurate demographics of the gay population to support any assertion about what percentage are getting married over what period of time and in comparison to age groups of the heterosexual population.
They claimed homosexuality was genetic, but now say ‘gender’ and ‘sexual identity’ is a choice.
I have no idea who “they” are and this theme is a frequent deception. The overwhelming conclusion of science is that sexual orientation is innate. There might be a genetic link but none is required for it to be innate. Gender and sexual identity are separate issues having nothing to do with sexual orientation. Who has said anything about choice?
They claimed the mantle of tolerance and diversity — and yet have betrayed those same principles in attacking anyone that disagrees. Speak up for marriage in any public place today and you will be shamed and shunned, or worse.
Utter nonsense. Nobody has been attacked for their opinions which, in this case, are really their religious beliefs. If someone says to me that marriage is between a man and a woman my reaction is  “You'r entitled to your opinion.” On the other hand if someone works to impose those beliefs on public policy or in law then, yes, they have been sharply criticized.
So what is really at stake?

For many in the LGBT movement, the marriage debate is merely a proxy for a much larger revolution underway. Their end goal is to destroy marriage altogether, including the family, religion, and any institution that proposes limits on human behavior, especially sexual behavior.
That makes no sense whatsoever and, again, there is no factual basis on which to conclude that “many in the LGBT movement” or any in the LGBT movement have some sinister agenda. The available evidence indicates that we want the right to marry for the same reason that the author of this crap wants the right to marry. Period.
They believe gender is a social construct and that children should be brought into the world outside of the traditional family. For many, the idea that men and women are made for each other or that children deserve a mother and a father is a form of discrimination.

This is what the fight for marriage is ultimately about — and why it’s far from over.
Huh? Exactly who believes what? Some of these folks are preparing to emulate those Japanese soldiers who hid in caves on Guam and other places for decades after the end of the war. This issue us settled regardless of the disapproval of the Church. Later on, after quoting some equally preposterous text, without attribution, we finally get to the point:
In many ways the tables have now been flipped, with the burden of showing respect, tolerance and opposing discrimination now in the hands of the gay-marriage movement.

Will they respect the right of ordinary Americans who believe in male-female marriage to live out this time-honored truth?
We never sought nor required your approval. Our world does not orbit around the religious beliefs of orthodox Catholics. We don't care. If, in order to make a point, you refuse service to gay couples claiming that doing so has something to do with religious convictions; and if doing so is in violation of the law then we are likely to urge that the law be enforced. We respect your right to believe that same-sex marriages are illegitimate. We draw the line at attempts to impose that belief through ordinary commerce.

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