Liberty and Virtue

A person who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with his religious beliefs keeps an eye out for examples of gay activists' (1) showing intolerance and hatred of traditional religious and moral beliefs and believers, (2) attempting to deny freedom of speech, assembly and religion to others, and (3) trying to cause the government to impose liberal views on sexual morality on society. Other stuff of interest to blogger may also occasionally be posted.

Gay activists do not speak for all those who experience same sex attraction!

Not all those with SSA reject traditional sexual morality!

Not all those with SSA support promiscuity!

Not all those with SSA believe the gay activist ideology of “gay pride”!

Not all those with SSA believe in making their sex drive their primary public identity!

Not all those with SSA support public indecency in “gay pride” parades!

Not all those with SSA support government promotion of homosexual activity!

Not all those with SSA support same sex marriage!

Not all those with SSA support biased teaching in public schools on homosexual matters!

Not all those with SSA demonize traditional religious believers!

Not all those with SSA wish to deny basic freedoms of speech, religion and association to those who disagree with the gay activists’ ideology and agenda!

Christian charity for persons does not require affirmation of sinful or immoral activity!

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Thought Police Win One in Europe

Unfortunately, EU commissioner nominee Signore Buttiglione has caved, and a precedent has been established that one can be disqualified from public office in Europe merely by believing that homosexual activity is sinful, a belief shared by Christianity with Judaism, Islam and several other religions, by the way.

Note that Signore Buttiglione did not raise the issue himself and specifically stated that such religious beliefs would not affect his public actions:

When it came to Signor Buttiglione's nomination hearing two weeks ago for the post of justice commissioner, left-wingers in the European Parliament were lying in wait, ready to turn his Catholic beliefs back against him.

Quizzed about his attitude to homosexuality, Signor Buttiglione told MEPs: "Many things may be considered immoral which should not be prohibited."

He added: "I may think that homosexuality is a sin, and this has no effect on politics, unless I say that homosexuality is a crime."

Charles S.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

EU President Withdraws Commission Team

Incoming European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso withdrew his proposed 24-member executive team from consideration by the European Parliament on Wednesday, realizing he faced an unprecedented rejection.

Barroso's team faced almost certain defeat because of strong opposition to Italy's Rocco Buttiglione, the proposed justice commissioner, who called homosexuality a sin and has been criticized for his conservative views on women and marriage...


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Canadian Student Thought Police at McGill Wish to Censor Academic Book on "Gay" Marriage

Book Review: Libel by New York Times

John R. Diggs, Jr., MD reviews a book by J. Edward Pawlick that describes the role that the New York Times and its sister paper the Boston Globe played in the judicial imposition of same sex "marriage" on the State of Massachusetts.

Charles S.

Teresa Heinz-Kerry Will Promote the Gay Activist Agenda if her Husband Elected

Gay Porn Channel to Hit the Public TV Airwaves in France

Soulforce to Strike Again

The gay activist religious group Soulforce is set once again to demonstrate against the Catholic Church at the US Catholic bishops' conference and Catholic chanceries across the nation this November, intimidating Catholic believers, threatening the free exercise of religion and demonizing Catholic beliefs on the sinfulness of homosexual activity and opposition to same sex "marriage" falsely as "spiritual violence" against those with same sex attraction.

Charles S.

Friday, October 22, 2004

EU May Veto Panel Over Gay 'Sin' Remark

The attempt to bar those who believe homosexual activity is sinful from public office in the European Union has now hit the Associated Press. Catch this statement from the proposed new EU Commission President:

``Everyone has a right to his opinion, but no one has a right to embrace principles that are discriminatory,'' he said after meeting with leaders of political factions in the EU assembly.

Clearly Mr. Barroso has mastered the fine John Kerry act of saying two completely contradictory things in one sentence. I would challenge him first by saying that believing homosexual activity is sinful is no more "discriminatory" than saying that eating fish on Friday or breaking the fast in Ramadan is sinful. Secondly, he says one does not have a "right to embrace principles." Excuse me, but that is the language of thought police.

Charles S.

Blogger "GayPatriot" Claims to Have Unmasked an Edwards Supporter in the Log Cabin Republican Leadership

If this is true, it is yet more evidence that the Log Cabin Republican organization is not a group of truly committed Republicans, but a Trojan horse whose only goal is to get the Republican Party to adopt the gay agenda, including government promotion of homosexual activity through civil gay marriage, propaganda in public schools, etc.

Charles S.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bishop Gene Robinson Honored at Gala for Major Gay Rights Group

Practicing and promoting homosexual bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Church, at a ceremony in his honor given by the "gay" activist group Human Rights Campaign, spread hatred against traditional Christian believers by castigating anyone who believes in traditional Christian teaching as hateful, and stated his wish to deny them the right to believe what the Christian religion has always taught about the sinfulness of homosexual activity. Note the following from the above-linked article:

In his acceptance speech, Robinson lamented how “those of us who are religious have led in the oppression of gay and lesbian people, transgendered and bisexual people.” He went on to berate “the religious right,” who he said “doesn’t speak for all of us,” “doesn’t love the way God loves,” and has been allowed “to hijack the Bible and to hold it hostage from us.” As for the alleged abduction of Scripture, he declared that “it’s high time for us to take it back,” since “that book contains our stories of liberation.” Robinson made it clear that he had no intention of allowing people morally opposed to homosexual practice to maintain such teachings within their own voluntary religious communities, announcing that “we will not rest until the church and all religious people repent of the violence that they have done to us and reclaim our spirituality and our God.” Robinson’s remarks provoked enthusiastic applause at several points.

Actually, it is Bishop Robinson and other gay activists who want to hijack the Bible, change Christianity into a new religion and call sin (like sex outside of traditional marriage, including homosexual activity) virtue and virtue sin. In order to deligitimize Our Lord's call to purity of heart and the teaching on the sanctity of sex only within heterosexual marriage, Bishop Robinson and his supporters constantly conflate hatred for sin, which Christians must have, with hatred for sinners, which Christians must avoid. Christianity is based on love, to be sure, but love does not mean that anything goes and that there are no moral standards of behavior. Jesus said "go and sin no more," not "go and sin some more and celebrate it, and we won't consider it sin anymore."

Charles S.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Buttiglione says he is victim of 'hate-campaign'

And here's another article on the Italian EU Commissioner nominee who is facing calls for rejection on account of his Catholic beliefs:

Buttiglione says Europe Plagued by 'Anti-Christian Inquisition'

Charles S.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Response to Andrew Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan wrote me to say that Mary Cheney's experiencing of same sex attraction is not a "private fact" as I state below, but a public one. Yes, the information was in the public domain, Kerry's and Edwards' pointing out this fact is not technically an "outing," and perhaps I was imprecise to use that specific term. Nevertheless, the fact was private in the sense that Mary Cheney was not making her sexual proclivities a political issue. The Democrats' making it an issue demonstrates the same mean-spirited mentality that drives the gay activists to "out" those with same sex attraction who do not agree with the gay agenda. No matter how Kerry supporters try to spin it, what Kerry, Edwards and Ms. Edwards did was low and despicable, a "cheap and tawdry" trick indeed, and the poll numbers are apparently showing that the American people on the whole believe the same.

Charles S.

Palm Beach Log Cabin Chapter Gets the Boot

The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans has apparently been kicked out of the national Log Cabin Republican organization (a group of self-identifying "gay" and "lesbian" Republicans) for supporting the Republican candidate for President, George W. Bush. Heaven forbid that anyone with same sex attraction actually think for themselves and not walk in lockstep with the gay activist leadership and their agenda! Heaven forbid that any such person not put government promotion of homosexual activity first and foremost in all his or her political endeavors!

Charles S.

Keyes Says Incest Awaits Kids of Gays

I think Alan Keyes would be smarter to stress BOTH sides of the "love the sinner, hate the sin" dichotomy. If he only talks about hating the sin, people won't realize that the true Christian also loves the sinner. He should also have stressed, when he was snookered by Michelangelo Signorile into referring to Mary Cheney as a "selfish hedonist," that he was talking about general principles of behavior and will not comment on specific individuals, except to express his love and respect for them.

Charles S.

Royal Bank Eliminates "Rainbow Triangle" Sticker

An employer in Canada comes to its senses and reverses a politically-correct thought police tactic that was aimed at imposing the gay agenda on its workers.

Charles S.

Anglican Communion issues Winsor Report

The Episcopal Church in the USA has been "invited" by a special commission of the Anglican Communion not to appoint any more practicing non-celibate homosexual bishops, to express their regret and to "consider in all conscience whether they should withdraw themselves from representative functions in the Anglican Communion." I'm sure that Messrs. Griswold, Spong, Robinson, Louie Crew et al. will be happy to oblige this gracious invitation -- NOT!

Charles S.

Kerry Says He Could Change Position on Gay Marriage

Senator Kerry is apparently using his fabled "nuance" to set the stage for another future flip flop -- this time on his supposed opposition to civil same sex marriage.

Charles S.

Andrew Sullivan on the Tim Russert Show

Andrew Sullivan appeared on the Tim Russert Show on CNBC on September 25, 2004, and had, among other things, the following to say:

And I also believe that that kind of fundamentalism and zeal, in which you think your truth is so important you should kill another person to save his soul, is as dangerous in this country as it is anywhere else. It's not gotten to the same lengths, but I see the same glint in the eye of someone like Jimmy Swaggart and Pat Robertson, and some of the forces that this president is riding to victory on, and I worry. I do not want this to become a war between fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Islam. It is a war between fundamentalist religion and liberal democracy, and I say that as a believing Catholic.

First, I question whether Sullivan truly is a "believing Catholic", since according to his public pronouncements would appear not to believe what the Church teaches and has always taught since the time of the Apostles, i.e., that homosexual activity is sinful, and that those with same sex attraction are called to chastity (See the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexuality here -- note in particular paragraphs 2357 to 2359).

Second, Sullivan is trying to smear traditional Christian believers as somehow the near moral equivalent of violent Islamist terrorists and non-supporters of liberal democracy. This charge is defamatory. I challenge Sullivan to name one prominent Christian in contemporary America who preaches the morality and necessity of violent offensive jihad or terrorist acts against non-believers or of using violence to "save" someone's "soul" or impose his or her religious beliefs on others. Christians in this country aren't trying to use the government to "impose" their views on others. They just want to be free to hold, preach and practice their own beliefs. One might counter, "what about abortion?" The answer on that score is that contrary to what Senator Kerry would have us believe, abortion is a moral, not a purely religious issue, as it impacts on rights of human beings, i.e., the right to life of the fetus in the womb. Moreover, prior to the creation of a constitutional right to abortion by the Supreme Court, the United States was as much of a "liberal democracy" as it is today.

I would wager Sullivan almost any amount that the vast majority of traditional Christian believers in this country would, if polled, support our liberal democracy and Constitution. It is gay activists like Andrew Sullivan and their liberal supporters who want to subvert freedom of speech, religion, association, who want to use the government to impose their liberal views on sexual morality on society through judicially-imposed civil "same sex marriage," through teaching in public schools that homosexual behavior is morally acceptable and laudable, through promotion of "hate speech" criminal legislation akin to that in place in Canada, Sweden and other countries, etc. It is gay activists like Andrew Sullivan and their liberal supporters who are spreading anti-Christian bigotry through their constant slander and demonization of traditional Christian believers. Andrew Sullivan and other gay activists must be publicly called to account for their hatemongering.

Charles S.

Philadelphia Police Arrest Christians at a Homosexual "Outfest"

As we all should know, peaceful demonstrations may be regulated by time, place and manner, but not with regard to the content of the speech. It is not clear to what extent the Philadelphia authorities here were trying to prohibit the content of the speech of Christian protesters of the gay activist agenda. At least it's being challenged in the courts by the American Family Association Center for Law and Policy.

Charles S.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Christian Student Has Right to Express Her Religious Views on Homosexuality

A win for freedom of speech, thought and religion:

Detroit Federal District Judge Gerald E. Rosen has ordered the Ann Arbor Public Schools to pay $102,738 in attorney fees and costs to the Thomas More Law Center because school officials in that Michigan community prevented student Betsy Hansen from expressing her religious views against homosexuality during her high school’s annual “Diversity Week” program...

Charles S.

Lynne Cheney Upset With Kerry Over Remark

Lynne Cheney accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of pulling a ``cheap and tawdry political trick,'' apparently for invoking her daughter's sexuality in his debate with President Bush...

Mary Cheney, to her great credit, has not sought to make her sexuality a public issue or to use it for or against her father and the President in the election. The efforts of both John Kerry and John Edwards to exploit and publicize a private fact about Mary Cheney is absolutely reprehensible. It is a cheap political shot, and it plays into the entire gay activist ideology that same sex attraction is something that one MUST make into the defining fact of one's public identity whether one wants to or not, that it is something of which one HAS to be "proud". It is the lowest of dirty tactics for the Democrats to use Mary Cheney as a means for their political ends. It is the same despicable mindset that motivates the gay activists to "out" anyone who possibly may have same sex attraction if they disagree politically with the gay activist agenda.

Charles S.

European Parliament Rejects Catholic Nominee

In a follow up to the story mentioned below, a committee of the European Parliament apparently apparently thinks that believing in Catholic teaching on the sinfulness of homosexuality is disqualifying for public office, and has voted against a candidate European Commissioner on those grounds. The vote is apparently not binding, so it remains to be seen whether Mr. Buttilglione will be finally approved as part of the incoming Commission.

Charles S.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

"Gay Conservatoids"

Except for the use of the political term "gay", which I reject, an email of a correspondent of Jonah Goldberg's, posted on "The Corner," pretty much hits the nail on the head:

...Long story short, there are gay people who let their secual orientation define them, i.e. "I am gay therefore..." and finish it with: I have to vote Democrat, I have to watch crappy movies if they have a gay theme in them, I have to drive a Miata and have a rainbow sticker on the bumper... These guys will vote left because they're supposed to. They are lost.

There are others who see it as "I am..." a businessman, a Rangers fan, a Christian, a nice guy, a conservative ... and somewhere down the list, "I happen to be gay also." These guys will vote base on what they think will be best overall for the country and for them. The GOP will pick up some of these, and the sonks will pick up the rest.

It basically comes down to identity and priorities. I am probably more conservative than Bush in all the ways that count. I also think the specter of the "Christian Right" is more a left wing boogey-man used to keep the children in line than a political force, but that's another dissertation.

Charles S.

Monday, October 11, 2004

A Display of Pride

This article about a "gay pride" parade in Tucson Arizona has a telling quotation that makes the point I was stating below that the whole point of same sex "marriage" as far as gay activists are concerned is getting government approval of homosexual activity:

It doesn't matter whether it's called marriage or civil unions, Wicks said, as long it is legally recognized.

Charles S.

Cheney on Government Promotion of Homosexuality

Cheney addressed the issue of civil same sex "marriage" in his debate last week with Senator Edwards. Here's in part what he had to say:

IFILL: The next question goes to you, Mr. Vice President.

I want to read something you said four years ago at this very setting: "Freedom means freedom for everybody." You said it again recently when you were asked about legalizing same-sex unions. And you used your family's experience as a context for your remarks.

Can you describe then your administration's support for a constitutional ban on same-sex unions?

CHENEY: Gwen, you're right, four years ago in this debate, the subject came up. And I said then and I believe today that freedom does mean freedom for everybody. People ought to be free to choose any arrangement they want. It's really no one else's business.

That's a separate question from the issue of whether or not government should sanction or approve or give some sort of authorization, if you will, to these relationships.

Traditionally, that's been an issue for the states. States have regulated marriage, if you will. That would be my preference.

Mr. Cheney is quite correct to state that the issue of freedom is very different from the issue of government sanction, approval or authorization of sexually-active homosexual relationships and activity. But that is precisely what is at issue with regard to civil same sex marriage. Civil same sex marriage does not increase the freedom of people to live together in what they can consider some sort of marriage, but rather gives government imprimatur and promotion to homosexual activity. And government approval is precisely the goal of gay activists in their same sex "marriage" push. Since freedom is not at issue in same sex "marriage", and since people in a free society have a right to disagree on the morality of homosexual activity without the government's imposing on society one liberal view on sexual morality, and since the danger of activist judges using ambiguous constitutional concepts to impose their left-wing social agenda is a nationwide danger, it is urgently necessary to pass a federal constitutional amendment that would protect the traditional definition of marriage. There is no other way to combat left-wing judicial activism. Leaving it up to the states, as Cheney wishes to do, will not prevent the Federal judiciary from imposing same sex "marriage" nationwide through Constitutional "interpretation" and/or nullification of the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton.

Charles S.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Italian Commissioner under Fire from Parliament Chief

The Leftists in the European Parliament seem to be soulmates of Democrats in this country like Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) in wanting to impose a religious test on public office, i.e., nobody with traditional beliefs on abortion and sexual morality need apply. This indeed has shades of the committee hearings in the Senate on Judge Pryor. Some excerpts:

The incoming Italian Commissioner has been strongly criticised by Josep Borrell, the European Parliament chief, for his conservative views on homosexuality and the role of women in society.

"It does not seem to me that in this day and age, we can have people in charge of justice - especially of justice - who think that", said Mr Borrell to French Europe 1 Radio of Rocco Buttiglione.

"In Spain, personally, I would not want to have a justice minister with those views", said said Mr Borrell.

His words came after the Italian on Tuesday (5 October) told MEPs that homosexuality is a sin and that marriage is so that women can have children.

Some MEPs were also outraged by the fact that he appeared to be prepared to let his moral views influence his policy."I am ready to seek dialogue, which is normal in a democracy, but if there is a proposal that is contrary to my moral principles, I would oppose it", said the Italian.

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Charles S.


Novelist Michael O'Brien Indicts Canada's Anti-Free Speech Laws

Michael O'Brien cricizes what he calls the "criminalization of negative criticism of homosexuality" in Canada. An excert below:

The law can be used primarily to further intimidate the timid and to punish the outspoken. We now have Thought Crime in Canada, just as Orwell predicted. Few people believe this could be the beginning phases of an Orwellian 1984 or alternatively a softer form of totalitarian government such as Huxley’s Brave New World. But the elements of State-enforced social reconstruction are now in operation. We should also consider the fact that in just over one generation we have been shifted from a society in which homosexual activity was a crime under the then existing law, to a society in which homosexual activity has become a government-protected and fostered activity, while voicing criticism of it has become the crime. I see this as a prime example of the new totalitarianism. Clearly, we have now arrived at a situation in which "some of us are more equal than others", as Orwell predicted.

In its hate propaganda provisions the law states that in order to be found guilty of an indictable offense, a person must communicate statements in a public place which "incite hatred against an identifiable group" in such a way that there will "likely be a breach of the peace." The courts have already proven their startling subjectivity on homosexual issues. A breath of protest from a Christian is a hate crime, while aggressive disruption of Christian gatherings by gay militants are often overlooked and go unprosecuted.

Charles S.

Greetings!

Hello to all and sundry who may happen to pass this way! I am creating this blog because, as a human being who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with my Catholic faith, I am very concerned by the increasing attempts of gay activists to impose their ideologies of "gay pride" and "coming out" on the rest of society. These activists presume to speak in my name, but they do not represent me and have no right to do so. They promote a hatred and intolerance of those who hold traditional religious beliefs, especially Christian beliefs on issues of sexual morality, and are increasing using the government to promote homosexual activity through civil same sex marriage and teaching of homosexual activity as normative in public schools.

Even more frighteningly, gay activists are promoting legislation in many countries that criminalizes speech that disapproves of homosexual activity. They have been and are likely to continue to be successful in passing such laws in Canada, Sweden and several other European countries. While our courts have a strong tradition of construing our First Amendment freedoms of speech quite broadly, the Left in this country, which was once a strong defender of civil liberties, has increasingly been on the side of restricting freedoms of speech, association and religion. I hope and pray that our First Amendment freedoms will survive more years of activist social-engineering Left wing judges and public officials.

I am all for tolerance, and believe that Christians must love the sinner and hate the sin, drawing the line in specific instances according to their individual judgments and consciences. But once the gay activists step over the line from embracing for themselves what I consider to be an erroneous ideology to actively forcing that ideology on others and persecuting those who have good faith disagreements with them, then I feel it necessary to speak out and hold the gay activists to account for their promotion of hatred and intolerance. This blog will be on the lookout for acts of intolerance by gay activists and their allies in society. I may also, since this topic tends to be rather depressing for those of us who embrace traditional moral and religious values, toss in items on more lighthearted or encouraging long term developments in society from time to time, as the spirit moves me.

God bless,

Charles S.

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