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The D.C. diocese of the Catholic Church says it will no longer provide charity help to the homeless, adoptive parents, and others, if they have to be charitable to gays and lesbians as well, or provide marriage benefits to gay and lesbian employees.



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Nov. 16th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I think this is a good thing. In this nation, a religious entity ought to be free to determine who and how it will serve. It must take its stand for that choice, whether I agree with it or not. Mind you, I don't think religions should be allowed to harm others; we certainly can't have people sacrificing humans to Qetzacoatl, or even people's pets to any other deity. Nor should they have the right to control others; state and church must remain separate, so incorporating Sharia Law, Levitcal Law or even Hindu Law into US or state code would be highly inappropriate, beyond basic human morality. But within those boundaries, a religion should be free to select whom they will serve, and how they will do so.

I certainly do disagree with the church singling out homosexuals, because Christ did not single out the unrighteous, but the righteous in his criticism. People who have rejected His teaching in any way, through sexual behavior, harmful intakes, treatment of others, or simply chosing not to follow Him are the people who most desperately need to receive the tender love and mercy of the church, and instead they are met with wrath and ire. This is not the church as Christ envisioned it. But we must be free to discover that for ourselves, and not at the pen-tip of Congress.

Nov. 17th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
The catholic church is a private institution that does what it believes to be the right thing. I think that in this case that the church heirarchy is wrong, but I will not compel them to act against their beliefs. OF course, I will also work hard to remove any special treatment or aid that they recieve from my government.

They don't have to treat all god's creatures with love and respect. They don't have to get tax exemptions and direct government subsidies either.
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