Thursday, June 23, 2016

Obnoxious Catholic cardinal calls LGBT rights part of an "insidious war"

Cardinal Robert Sarah
Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks like a political demagogue. In opening remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last month Sarah shows little concern for the alienation, demonizing and dehumanizing of LGBT people by the Catholic Church. Cardinal Sarah is the Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments as well as the Archbishop emeritus of Conakry (Guinea, Africa). In other words, Sarah has an important administrative position in the curia. He is the U.S. government equivalent of a cabinet member. He is also an ignorant blowhard.
… all manner of immorality is not only accepted and tolerated today in advanced societies, but even promoted as a social good. The result is hostility to Christians, and, increasingly, religious persecution.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the threat that societies are visiting on the family through a demonic “gender ideology,” a deadly impulse that is being experienced in a world increasingly cut off from God through ideological colonialism.
Calling a society's desire—perhaps need—to accommodate gender dysphoria an ideology is intellectually dishonest. It denies the very fact that transgender people exist. Yet, again, this is part of the pernicious desire to conform society to ancient chronicles. The Cardinal and others affect the entire LGBT community by the sheer volume of noise that they produce over accommodating a tiny minority. The out-sized reaction simply makes no sense. I have absolutely no clue what ideological colonialism is. However I do know that Sarah is literally demonizing people while calling them a threat.

Later on:
Sadly, the advent of artificial reproductive technologies, surrogacy, so-called homosexual “marriage”, and other evils of gender ideology, will inflict even more wounds in the midst of the generations we live with.

This is why it is so important to fight to protect the family, the first cell of the life of the Church and every society. This is not about abstract ideas. It is not an ideological war between competing ideas. This is about defending ourselves, children and future generations from a demonic ideology that says children do not need mothers and fathers. It denies human nature and wants to cut off entire generations from God.
Sarah is being extremely divisive. He is arrogantly saying that this is not about differing views of what public policy should look like. Only his views and the teachings of his religion are pertinent and appropriate. What the cardinal is saying is that, when public policy differs from the teachings of the Catholic Church, it is an attack on the Church and Christians. It is not a war of competing ideas, yet is is a war. It is a war that requires Christians to defend themselves. And you wonder why we caution that this can lead to violence?

Indeed, later on he complains that we do violence to Christians when the Church fails to impose its ideology on public policy:
Yet the violence against Christians is not just physical, it is also political, ideological and cultural. This form of religious persecution is equally damaging, yet more hidden. It does not destroy physically but spiritually; it demolishes the teaching of Jesus and His Church and, hence, the foundations of faith by leading souls astray. By this violence, political leaders, lobby groups and mass media seek to neutralize and depersonalize the conscience of Christians so as to dissolve them in a fluid society without religion and without God. This is the will of the Evil One: to close Heaven … out of envy.
Sarah said that people who disagree with him do violence to his followers and are the tools of the Devil. He really said that. Does this guy not realize how inflammatory this rhetoric is? Does he even care? Apparently not because it gets worse:
Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States? In the name of “tolerance,” the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human person are dismantled. The legalization of same sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within health care programs, and even “bathroom bills” that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms. Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be?
Let me provide this idiot with a simpler concept. We are a secular nation. The same part of our Constitution that guarantees free exercise of religion precludes us from making laws that recognize religion in any way whatsoever. Thus “the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human person” are irrelevant to public policy. Moreover, we take tolerance of minorities very seriously and that includes transgender people who should use a restroom consistent with their gender identity. They have been doing so for decades and have largely gone unnoticed.
How low we are sinking for a nation built on a set of moral claims about God, the human person, the meaning of life, and the purpose of society, given by America’s first settlers and founders! God is named in your founding documents as “Creator” and “Supreme Judge” over individuals and government. The human person endowed with God-given and therefore inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” George Washington wrote that “the establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the motive that induced me to the field of battle.”
What an ignoramus. Our laws are governed by our Constitution. There is not a single mention of any god in our Constitution. “How low are we sinking” when we do not make progress in accordance with social and medical science? We no longer prosecute witches and we have even outlawed slavery (something that the Church supported and even participated in until 1865). We have child labor laws, we passed a civil rights bill in 1964 and we have begun to treat LGBT people more fairly. Contrary to the Church and consistent with science most of us recognize the fact that sexual orientation and sexual identity are not behavioral choices. Contrary to the teachings of the Church most of us realize that gay people are not “objectively disordered.” Sarah is not interested in social or medical science:
Today, we find ourselves before the battle of a sickness that has pervaded our world. I repeat: the battle of a sickness. That is what we face. I call this sickness “the liquidation, the eclipse of God.”
If there is a battle then we are at war. What do people do to each other in a war? And, yes, we all know that the Church considers LGBT people sick. Some of the Church's teaching are no more advanced than the ministrations of a witch-doctor in Sarah's home country.

I am not saying that Cardinal Sarah is personally responsible for subsequent events in Orlando. Nevertheless, these people need to seriously consider how their inflammatory words might affect others. LGBT people might be hurt by the words while others might be motivated to violence.

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