"We would never tell a pastor he has to perform a marriage he doesn't agree with", they claim, even as judges are forced to resign from their jobs because the state would force them to perform marriages they disagree with.
The difference, they tell us, is the difference between the church and the public square.
love your church, and we wouldn't dream of telling you how to run your
church" they assure us. "We just want to make sure that businesses abide
by the public accommodations laws."
the organized church goes along with it; dutifully doing nothing while
secularists go about purging the public square of any vestiges of
beliefs that reject the trendy cultural dogma about homosexuality.
a dispute in San Francisco involving Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
illustrates what I think we all knew anyway; any pretense of believing
in religious freedom -- even inside a church -- was just them saying
what they had to say in order to get the power to do what they needed to
issue in San Francisco arose when Archbishop Cordileone issued a
statement reminding teachers in the Catholic schools that they were
expected to reinforce Catholic doctrine in their classrooms. He also
designated each of the teachers in the schools as "ministers," which
would allow him to dismiss them for teaching beliefs contrary to the
teachings of the Catholic church.
schools teaching Catholic doctrine; the kind of thing you have to be
highly educated at just the right schools to be offended by.
But offended they are.
So much so that eight California lawmakers sent a letter to the Archbishop urging him to withdraw the conditions for employment.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution rebuking the Archbishop.
voicing his opposition to the Archbishop's efforts to keep Catholic
schools Catholic, Supervisor Mark Farrell said, "We have
nondiscrimination laws here in San Francisco that have been established
for years, including protecting the LGBT community. By mandating that
teachers conduct their public and private lives in a manner contrary to
our laws in San Francisco, it becomes a civic and legal issue."
In other words, they plan to use the same non-discrimination laws they've been using to shut down businesses to target churches.
The separation of church and state? Never heard of it.
An editorial from San Francisco about
the controversy said that, "The church can express disapproval if it
wishes, but requiring teachers (some of whom may be LGBT) to be against
it, even if it is contrary to their beliefs, isn't going to fly."
it's wrong for the Catholic Church to require its employees to teach
Catholic beliefs, but it is right for the government to require every
institution in the country to teach its beliefs.
As they say where I came from, that dog don't hunt.
I realize there are things you'd rather do than get involved in
political debates over religious freedom. You want to feed the hungry,
visit the orphans, educate the next generation of leaders, run your
radio ministry, restore marriages, help people move beyond addiction,
and preach the gospel.
Your church wasn't created to do politics, it was created to spread the gospel and serve those who need it most. I get it.
But here's the deal.
we don't pay attention to what's going on in public policy right now
and do something to change the current trajectory, the ministries we
love won't exist anymore. Soon. No more orphans being helped. No more
homeless being fed in the name of Jesus. At least not publicly and
certainly not under a connection to any tax-exempt status. Hate groups
won't have tax-exempt status much longer.
belief in a narrow-minded Jesus that requires people to control their
sexual desires? Yeah, that's "discrimination". And in case you haven't
heard, that's illegal now.
doesn't matter how kind you are. It doesn't matter that you've welcomed
people who identify as gay into your church and home, befriended them,
employed them, and helped them in times of need.
only matters that you swear and affirm that homosexuality is good, will
encourage children to engage in it if they want to (safely of course),
and are willing to celebrate genderless marriage on command.
Otherwise, you are the enemy.
now believe they have a right to tell the Catholic Church how to make
personnel decisions. They will stop you, unless you stop them first.
With all the grace, kindness, and courage you can muster, I hope you will.
You owe it to all those people yet to be served by the things you really want to be doing.