Friday, December 11, 2015

Bill May likens gays to the Communist regime in Poland


Bill May, head of the oddly named Marriage Reality Movement (which is really Catholics for the Common Good Foundation) has been begging for $45,000 before year's end. Today's pumper was particularly “special.”
More information: 2016 will be a breakout year for the Marriage Reality Movement.

As I told you in my last email, our Board just completed our annual planning meeting, and we are all energized by the successes of 2015 and the aggressive plans approved for 2016 and 2017.
“Successes of 2015?” Really?
We have a critical need to raise $45,000 by the end of the year.

Yesterday I explained the similarities between the approach of the Marriage Reality Movement and the pro-life movement: they are defined by love and are focused clearly on what they are for, not what they are against. That is what has caused the pro-life movement to flourish and the same is happening with the MRM.
Bullshit. Pro-life is anti-choice. While they have eroded access for poor people in some red states (people of means take a trip to a blue state), Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. It is abundantly clear that MRM exists to oppose same-sex marriage. They can claim to be for anything they want. This all reminds me of the original National Organization for Marriage talking points:
When speaking about marriage, talk about the need to “protect marriage,” or say that you’re against “redefining marriage.” But be sure to stay away from phrases like “ban same - sex marriage” – such expressions have been showed in polls to be 10 percentage points less effective than more neutral language. The focus is not to ban, prohibit, or punish anyone or anything; but rather to protect marriage as we’ve always known it – the union of a husband and wife.
It didn't do NOM much good — they accomplished nothing with $61 million in expenditures. Mr. May continues:
A second element of the strategy is to address what I call the "ideological occupation" under which we are living. Pope Francis uses similar language to talk about "ideological colonization" when referring to the sinister effort, particularly by the United States, to export a culture of political correctness and an ideology that redefines love, sexuality, marriage and the family to third world countries. Frustration over this politically correct environment in the US is one of the factors that has contributed to what is being called the Trump phenomenon.
Mr. May can call it anything that he wants. The reality is that the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges constitutes the law of the land. Unless Mr. May can come up with 38 states to ratify a constitutional amendment he is indulging in the mental equivalent of masturbation — something that the catechism of the Catholic Church prohibits.
For the answer, we have prayerfully turned to and reflected on the advice that St. John Paul II gave to the Solidarity movement in Poland and how it was interpreted by the priest, Jerzy Popieluszko. The result was a positive movement that systematically exposed the lies of the ideology in ways that revealed indisputable truth and ultimately toppled communism. I am not going to give much more away until next year, but let me assure you, Marriage Reality Movement members will be able to use their freedom to witness truth in new ways without fear of persecution or attack.
Oh please. This is an absurd comparison. Mr. May and his followers are not being persecuted. This is simply a matter of public policy being at odds with conservative Catholics and the Vatican hierarchy. Catholics supported the freedom to marry in proportions greater than the general public. Mr. May is wed to the belief that it is catastrophic whenever the law does not coincide with his conservative Catholic views. They tried to hang on to bans on the sale of contraceptives with the same porous logic. That is until the Supreme Court settled the matter in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) which was also a 14th Amendment ruling. We are not like the totalitarian, Soviet influenced, Communist rulers of Poland and May is not a trade unionist.

Mr. May claims that his operation is for the rights of children. I would argue that kids being raised by same-sex parents have a right to have married parents.

For all the hot air, Mr. May has yet to demonstrate who has been injured by marriage equality over the last eleven years or so. The bottom line is that May disapproves of gay people. Too bad.

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