Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts
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.
"The issue here is they are using public funds, and to allow people to discriminate with public money is unacceptable," Rosenstein said.
"The problem with the individual exemption is anybody could discriminate based on their assertion of religious principle," Mendelson said. "There were many people back in the 1950s and '60s, during the civil rights era, that said separation of the races was ordained by God. (Of course the next groups desciminated against on religious grounds will be Moslems and immigrants.)
"Are they really going to harm people because they have a philosophical disagreement with us on one issue?" Cheh asked. "I hope, in the silver light of day, when this passes, because it will pass, they will not really act on this threat."
I wish I could say I was surprised by this threat from the Archdiocese of DC, but unfortunately I'm not. The official line, just as it was in Massachusetts, is that they don't want to do this, but the city is forcing them to close their services. Which in turn will be loudly spun by the right wing nuts as the direct result of 'the relentless gay agenda'. The poor then become victims of those godless selfish homosexuals rather than the refusal of a religious entity to consider any kind of compromise with a secular government.
I'm getting so tired of the uninsured, the poor, the homeless, the sick, women, the marginalized of any kind, constantly being used as pawns in political (not spiritual) battles between Catholic bishops and party politicians. I'm tired of both sides claiming to be victims of some other agenda when they lose political fights. I'm tired of two parties fighting over budget scraps when the real meat--the military industrial complex-is never brought up for real scrutiny.
Here's an interesting line from Deal Hudson's latest article dealing with how the Stupak amendment may change politics as it's done in America:
"For the first time in a long time, the pro-life issue is setting the agenda for the national debate on a major piece of legislation."
I hate to disabuse Deal, but the pro life cause is not setting the agenda for the national debate as far as Catholicism is concerned. Only Abortion is setting the agenda, and only in health care. It's such a powerful moral issue that the thought of even a teensy weensy portion of the health care budget potentially being used for abortions is enough to kill the bill for the rest of United States.
War causes abortions too, lots of them, and it kills mothers and children, and it kills men, and far and a way it kills more innocent non combatants than enemies. Why don't we ever protest funding for these abortions, and these deaths, and this innocent slaughter? Why isn't the USCCB threatening our politicians with excommunication for voting for this attack on life, fostering this culture of death? Apparently protecting the unborn is important enough to let an estimated 40,000 American citizens die per year because they don't have insurance, so why aren't the unborn killed in our wars important enough to even raise a small peep about the pentagon's budget?
If the gay marriage law in DC is of sufficient moral weight to end services to the poor and marginalized, why doesn't the rampant rape and sexual exploitation of children and women in war carry the same sufficient moral weight to end the bishops compliance with the secular military? The Vatican itself declared these wars unjustified and yet the USCCB ignores this in favor of what, concern about a couple male statues on a wedding cake?
Give me a break.