A big article in the Washington Post about how the Catholic church is now playing the victim card on numerous fronts. Only the Catholic church would claim that they’re the victim when shutting down adoption services in state after state because they want to use state funds to discriminate (Catholic Charities receives $2.8 billion a year in government funds – yes, that’s “billion”).
How about the children the Catholic church is hurting? Funny that the Catholic bishops don’t mention the children they’re hurting nearly as much as they whine about what victims the church leaders are. Then again, Catholic leaders don’t have a very strong record when it comes to caring about the well-being of children, so is it any surprise that the Catholic church would choose to hurt children in an effort to hurt gays? Is that really what Jesus would do – choose to hurt kids? No he wouldn’t. But we’re not dealing with Jesus, are we.
I’m especially intrigued by this paragraph:
But Anthony R. Picarello Jr., general counsel and associate general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, disagreed. “It’s true that the church doesn’t have a First Amendment right to have a government contract,” he said, “but it does have a First Amendment right not to be excluded from a contract based on its religious beliefs.”
Sorry, but if you’re going to suck at the federal teat to the tune of nearly $3 billion a year, there are going to be some strings attached, especially civil rights strings. You simply are not permitted to take taxpayer money and say “I’m a Klansman, and my view of religion is that blacks are inferior.” That isn’t going to fly. Nor can you take taxpayer money and deny services to Jews or Muslims because you think they’re going to hell. Sure, that’s your religious view all right, but if you want to express it, don’t use taxpayer funds to do it.
Or let me try another example, the government isn’t permitted to turn me down for a contract simply because I vote Democratic. But what if I said, “oh, by the way, that $3 billion in AIDS money the government gives me, it’s only going to Democrats, because my political views tell me that Republicans are bad people.” Is the government excluding me from a contract based on my political beliefs if they refuse to give me the contract?
The Catholic church isn’t asking for freedom of religion. They want a tyranny of religion. They want to force everyone else to live under their rules. Such as their rules that say when a priest rapes a kid, or a lot of kids, you move him to another parish quietly where he can start raping even more kids. That’s their definition of freedom of religion. It’s the freedom to impose their moral code, as it is, on the rest of society. And while that might fly in Tehran, it doesn’t fly in America.
The rest of us also have freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, guaranteed in our Constitution as well. The Catholics are only able to exercise their rights to the degree that it doesn’t impose on any other rights that the rest of us are guaranteed. They don’t seem to understand, or care, that other Americans have rights too. Whether those Americans are gays, or small children.