Friday, November 13, 2009

Catholics Whine About Discrimination Law.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care. Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians. Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

TPJ: I think this law is quite fair. It maintains a religions right to not marry gays but does allow the secular government to enforce basic worker rights. Getting along in this society is about making compromises and choosing your battles. Would Jesus threaten to not administer to the poor, hungry and sick because he disagreed with gays being married? Really??? This was an enlightened being who forgave the barbaric and corrupt Roman government for torturing and killing him!! And we can't handle living amongst gay married couples??? I'm not trying to pick a fight, be flip or intentionally insulting but I think that Jesus wouldn't refuse the poor because of disagreeing with gay people. Jesus administered to the adulterous women for free despite obviously being against adultery!! I just think it's a bit harsh for an organization that follows Christ to deny the needy services because of a disagreement with the law. The needy are innocent bystanders -- why punish them? Wouldn't it be better for everyone if Catholics tried to change the law instead of use people in the middle as pawns? Especially when those people have so few choices?

I guess that "turning the other cheek" teaching and "Love thy neighbor as thyself" was expunged from the Bible in the 7 years since I left Christianity. Come on Catholics, stop being so childish. We all have to make sacrifices to live in a civil, diverse society. I don't like that religious organizations don't have to pay taxes or that some religions don't let women have authority but I'm not going to try to outlaw religion. We all know that many religions find homosexuality a sin -- we got it. We know where you stand. You have a right not marry gays in your religion but be careful how far you push political issues unless you want your tax exempt status revoked.

I will always fight for gay rights but I will also always fight to protect your right to decide who you marry or don't marry within the confines of your church, temple or synagogue. However, you can't have it all. If we are going to defend your rights then you need to recognize others' rights. Obeying a law, which says that you have to provide benefits to gay workers is no different than the laws that say you have to provide black workers benefits. There was a time in this country and world when religions got away with denying basic, working benefits and rights to those of a different skin color than white.

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1 comment:

CRL said...

The Catholic church is never without a fresh dose of hypocrisy, but this is by far the worst.