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Fr. Justin (who I suppose I should mention is my parish priest in the interest of disclosure) is neither fringe nor nutty and a humbler man you would have a difficult time finding in this world. The suggestion that he is some sort of power seeker strikes me as so ignorant of the truth about the man’s character and so innatentive to the content of his letter that the only conclusion I can draw is that you must be joking. Badly.
» Posted By Peter On April 28, 2012 @ 1:05 am
The Leonova group is small and probably feels itself beleaguered. But its numbers will grow. The social pressure we traditionalists on the coasts feel, especially in the workplace, is already pretty acute; for many it’s doubtless excruciating. (See below) And such pressure will only grow in potency as its geographic reach expands and as the law, state by state, gives it teeth. The fight against the homosexual license in the church is right and proper, but we should never forget to pity our opponents. In a sense their efforts are simply an attempt, deeply wrongheaded to be sure, to resolve a fiery cognitive dissonance that we will all be saddled with sooner or later:
Maggie Gallagher wrote today:
The First Amendment is more than a legal guarantee. It is a culture[.].. [I]n a decent and free society, law-abiding citizens should not face reprisals for speaking up with civility for the moral good as they see it.
Sen. Chuck Grassley’s remarkable opening statement in today’s Senate hearing on a bill to repeal DOMA called attention to a very serious and growing intolerance directed at Americans who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife:
The minority very much hoped to call a witness today at this hearing to testify in support of DOMA… She declined, however, citing as one reason the threats and intimidation that have been leveled against not only her but her family as a result of her public support for DOMA. She will continue to write on this subject, but will no longer speak publicly about it. This chilling of First Amendment rights is unacceptable.
When Chris Johnson, a reporter from the Washington Blade, called and asked if that woman was me, I was at first amused. No, of course not. I am not refusing to make public appearances. I was not invited this time. But I could sympathize. I just returned from interviewing a Toronto sportscaster who was fired for tweeting that he believed “in the true and authentic meaning of marriage.” Next week, I will go to North Carolina to interview another man whose contract was terminated when the HR head of his company found out he had written against gay marriage.
The death threats and hateful mail New York state senator Rev. Ruben Diaz says he has received are not unusual. Whole professions are in the process of being closed to anyone who espouses — and acts — on the view that marriage is the union of husband and wife.
Fox News is not covering this. Conservative media outlets, except for a few beacons such as NR [National Review], are virtually silent.
The underlying truth that “pro-equality” Republicans need to understand is this: They are aiding and abetting a political movement that…seeks to make traditional Christian views on sex and marriage unacceptable in the public square — just as racist views on interracial marriage are unacceptable — by heaping scorn and hatred on any American who does something to support marriage as one man and one woman.
- Maggie Gallagher, The Chilling of Our First Amendment Rights – 7.20.2011
» Posted By Peter On July 21, 2011 @ 12:16 am
Father, at your convenience please provide the St Basil citation.
» Posted By Peter On July 17, 2011 @ 8:16 pm
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Oh dear, ‘anchor babies.’
» Posted By Peter On July 18, 2011 @ 10:51 pm