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!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Religion, Politics, and the New Obtuseness

Cluadia Winkler analyzes the liberal elite's hatred of the involvement of religious believers in politics as attributable not only to dogmatic secularism, but also to ignorance:

One of the principal sources of this strain of comment is undoubtedly dogmatic secularism, but another source must be plain ignorance: ignorance of the American political tradition, filled as it is with religious inspiration, both in our political arrangements going all the way back to the Mayflower Compact, and in our foremost social reform movements, from the abolition of slavery to civil rights. But then it would hardly be surprising if we were reaping the fruit of decades' worth of shallow education about the history of religious ideas in American public life.

Charles S.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

View Homosexual Film, or School Faces Lawsuit

Apparently the ACLU will sue a Kentucky school district if administrators can't find a way to force all students to attend sexual orientation and gender identity "tolerance training." The ACLU should consider changing its name to the "Anti Civil Liberties Union," since it seems so intent on suppressing civil liberties such as freedom of religion.

Charles S.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Gay Students Force New Look at Homecoming Traditions

Now homosexual activists are trying to undermine the biological fact of gender and promote homosexual public identity and activity by disrupting innocent community and school traditions like the coronation of homecoming kings and queens:

"When the gay community separates from mainstream, it's a way of disappearing into the shadows," he said. "I really just wanted to put it in everyone's face. I wanted to make alumni and students recognize that on this campus we have gay students, and as much as the administration wants to keep us in the shadows, off to the side and out of the limelight, I'm not going to stand for it."

Of course gay activists don't want to "impose their values on others". They just want to be in everyone's face.

Charles S.

Annual Salvation Army red kettle campaign protested by PFLAG, dumped by Target

PFLAG demonstrates its intolerance of diversity and hostility to religious freedom by protesting Salvation Army solely on account of the organizations religious and moral beliefs on homosexual activity.

Charles S.

A Tactical Regrouping

Domenico Bettinelli makes a good point about same sex marriage and civil unions, referring to this article:

Homosexual activists have apparently realized that the push for gay marriage after the Massachusetts court decision was a tactical mistake. Rather than push Americans down the slippery slope as liberal social engineers have successfully down over the past 40 years, they moved too fast and alienated most Americans, resulting in numerous states passing constitutional amendments preventing the fiction called gay marriage.

Instead, they’re regrouping, backing up, and pushing for same-sex civil unions, which is marriage in every benefit and right but without the name. And then once that’s in place for a few year, they can then say,” We have marriage in everything but name anyway, so why not give us the name, too?"

“Whether it is called civil unions or it is called domestic partnerships or whether it is called something else,” [ACLU attorney] Choe said, the arrangements must “contain the full range of legal protections that married couples enjoy."

The sad part is that many conservatives and even bishops have as much as conceded civil unions, so when the liberals all shift their focus, it will probably go through without much opposition.

Charles S.

Bush's European Itinerary

Gerard Baker mentions the Buttiglione affair:

Take the Buttiglione affair. A couple of days before the U.S. election, the European parliament, an institution with zero popular legitimacy but growing political powers in the European Union, forced the resignation of the entire European Commission, the executive leadership of the Brussels bureaucracy, because a majority of the parliament's members objected to the religious views of the Italian nominee.

Rocco Buttiglione, a highly regarded conservative, who also happens to be that rare thing in European public life, a devout, churchgoing Catholic, caused an outrage when he told reporters that he agreed with his church's basic teachings on homosexuality, the sanctity of marriage, and abortion. As the proposed justice commissioner, Buttiglione made it clear his own religious views could not and would not affect his capacity to enforce European law.

But for the European parliament's politically correct majority, that was not enough. The liberal elites in Europe, who share the same basic characteristic of their American counterparts, that is, a willingness to tolerate anything except those who disagree with their own view, rose up as one to reject Buttiglione. When the new commission was named, Buttiglione's name had been dropped.

Charles S.

Cardinal Ratzinger: God is on the Sidelines in Modern Society

Cardinal Ratzinger speaks of the growing intolerance toward traditional Christian teaching in Europe:

According to Cardinal Ratzinger "there is an aggressive secular ideology which is worrying. In Sweden, a Protestant pastor who had preached about homosexuality, based on a line from Scriptures, went to jail for one month. Laicism is no longer that element of neutrality which opens up spaces of freedom for all. It is being transformed into an ideology which is imposed through politics and which does not give public space to the Catholic or Christian vision, which runs the risk of becoming something purely private and thus disfigured. In this sense, a struggle exists and we must defend religious freedom against the imposition of an ideology which is presented as if it were the only voice of rationality, when it is only the expression of a 'certain' rationalism."

Another article on Cardinal Ratzinger's recent statements is found here.

Charles S.

Bigots in Disguise

John Leo rightly calls liberals to task for their hypocrisy in throwing around the "don't impose your values" argument against conservatives:

If the "don't impose" people wish to mount a serious argument, they will have to attack "imposers" on both sides of the issues they discuss, not just their opponents. They will also have to explain why arguments that come from religious beliefs are less worthy than similar arguments that come from secular principles or simply from hunches or personal feelings. Nat Hentoff, a passionate opponent of abortion, isn't accused of imposing his opinions because he is an atheist. The same arguments and activity by a Christian activist would likely be seen as a violation of some sort.

Consistency would also require the "don't impose" supporters to speak up about coercive schemes intended to force believers to violate their own principles: anti-abortion doctors and nurses who are required in some jurisdictions to study abortion techniques; Catholic agencies forced to carry contraceptive coverage in health plans; evangelical college groups who believe homosexuality is a sin defunded or disbanded for not allowing gays to become officers in their groups; the pressure from the ACLU and others to force the Boy Scouts to admit gays, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the Scouts are entitled to go their own way.

And Leo goes on to address the Buttiglione affair:

Then there is the current case of Rocco Buttiglione, an Italian Christian Democrat who was named to be justice and home affairs commissioner of the European Union, then rejected for having an opinion that secular liberals find repugnant: He believes homosexuality is a sin. The Times of London attacked the hounding of Buttiglione "for holding personal beliefs that are at odds with the prevailing social orthodoxy ... despite a categorical statement that he would not let those beliefs intrude upon policy decisions." The Times said this is a clear attempt by Buttiglione's opponents to impose their views. No word of protest yet from "don't impose" proponents.

Charles S.

Former Canadian Catholic Prime Minister Awarded for Homosexual Activism

Apparently gay activists now get to define who is and who is not a "devout" Catholic. Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien, who used his government position to promote homosexual marriage in defiance of Catholic teaching, has been so designated:

"Jean Chretien is an especially worthy candidate," according to the Equality Forum's vice president, Michele Bogrette. "He is a devout Catholic, who adhered to his public responsibility of equality for all Canadian citizens. With his impetus, most of Canada's provinces legally sanction same-sex marriage," she said.

Charles S.

President Bush to Face Noisy Demonstrations in Canada from Homosexual Activists

Apparently gay activists have joined the international traveling circus of Bush hatred...

Charles S.

Gay Issues Slowly Erode Episcopal Membership

There apparently may be a slow attrition from the Episcopal Church of the USA going on as a result of their radical promotion of homosexual activity. Christianity is certainly about charity, but charity doesn't mean affirmation of sin. God's charity for us and our charity toward our fellow man includes the challenge to convert one's way of life, avoid sin and try to lead a holy way of life. Simply sacralizing whatever sinful behavior one is doing anyway in the sexual sphere is not true Christianity. The more the mainstream Christian churches abandon any sense of sin and any call to conversion to newness of life in Christ, the more they will fall by the wayside, I predict. If everything is permitted, including the lasciviousness and unclean living that St. Paul denounced, then what's the point of bothering to go to church of a Sunday? Better to stay home and sleep off Saturday night's carousings.

Charles S.

"Gay" Marriage Advertorial Rankles Post Readers

It appears that some liberal readers of the Washington Post object to free speech by those who disagree with same sex "marriage", even in advertisements:

A 16-page advertising insert taking a strong stand against gay marriage ran in some editions of The Washington Post Sunday, sparking more than 1,000 e-mails and phone calls, according to Ombudsman Michel Getler, who said most of the comments opposed the publication as offensive. ...

"We will not allow something hateful to go in the paper," [Washington Post Publisher Boisfeuillet Jones Jr.] said, indicating he did not believe this incident involved a hateful message. "Gay marriage is a public issue and matter of public debate, and we believed its point of view has a right to be expressed."...

Several e-mails Getler received, however, blasted the paper for running the insert. "The Washington Post lost a few notches of respect in my opinion," one e-mail said. "And that is all a paper really ever has." Said another, "The fact that the Post ran an advertisement whose clear purpose was to drive a wedge between two minority groups (blacks and gays) and which gave a voice to people who practice quack science and sell it as gospel is simply disgusting."

Charles S.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

When Most of Your School is Gay

Click on the link to see a horrifying article about the government-sponsored segregated public school for children with same sex attraction in New York City. In my opinion, it is inappropriate for public schools to promote the gay ideology, impose this on children, create a gay ghetto and encourage promiscuity. Adults can do what they want, perhaps, as a matter of law, but to encourage children to do this is just wrong. I was talking to some Christian brothers the other day who were bewailing the fact that in a few years, children will have no one to tell them that promiscuity or homosexual activity is wrong, and in fact expressions of belief that they are wrong might be illegal. In fact, it would appear that in places like Canada and Sweden, they are already pretty much at that point. However, this is the feast of Christ the King, so I shall try not to be too pessimistic about the adverse cultural trends. Not only is there hope in Christ and His coming reign, but perhaps there is even hope for the future from human nature itself. Perhaps the culture of promiscuity will at some point become so debilitating for human life that countervailing cultural forces will bring back the virtues of chastity, self-control and valuing of family life. Viva el Cristo Rey!

Charles S.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

'Gay-straight' Clubs in Schools Anger Foes

I'm glad people are objecting to these GLSEN-encouraged efforts in public schools to promote the morality of homosexual activity. And why should sexual activity be encouraged at all for teenagers? Should schools allow groups promoting under-age or extramarital heterosexual activity? And I loved these quotes from the article:

"Parents are afraid of these groups because they don't understand them"..."When gay-straight alliances get started, they receive opposition from extremists in the area, who feel somehow it's promoting a homosexual agenda."

Yup, there's that wonderful liberal tolerance. If one exercises one's constitutional right to believe that homosexual activity is immoral and object to school sanction for these clubs for impressionable youngsters, then one is automatically judged both ignorant and extreme.

Charles S.

Preliminary Hearing Set for Christians Charged with "Hate Crimes"

I have posted about this Philadelphia protest before. Although I don't know if the Christian demonstrators violated any legitimate time, place and manner restrictions, the First Amendment does not allow the government to regulate the content of public speech simply because it doesn't like the message. One often gets the impression that the government's treatment of protestors in the abortion and homosexual activity areas is dictated by a hostility to the views expressed. Let's hope the court is objective and values First Amendment freedoms and settled constitutional law.

Charles S.

Left Wing Anti-Christian Hysteria

The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has a good roundup of the recent orgy of Christian-hating from the media left here, here, here and here.

Charles S.

The New Europe: No Catholics Need Apply

The great George Weigel weighs in on the Buttiglione affair.

Charles S.

Toronto School Children Forced to Endure Homosexual Sensitivity Training

Headline says it all. The indoctrination of public school children that homosexual activity is moral proceeds apace.

Charles S.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Bush Taps Outing Target as GOP Chief

The gay activist outing thugs at the Washington Blade are now making unfounded allegations about the new RNC head. This is a new form of outing. Perhaps we could call it "conditional outing." It goes something like this: "I hereby announce that if so and so is homosexual (and I have no evidence one way or another), then he is homosexual." Whatever you want to call it, it is scurrilous and reprehensible:

...should understand that, whether or not he is gay. If he is gay, like a number of other prominent Republican National Committe staffers, then shame on my old friend for betraying himself and his people, along with his youthful values.

Me: If a person does not make his sexual proclivities a public issue, whatever they are, it is simply none of anyone else's business! Once again, gay activists have demonstrated that, like John Kerry with Mary Cheney, they are simply not "decent" people, as they wish to make scurrilous accusations and use someone's (in this case alleged, unadmitted and unproven) sexual orientation to advance their extreme political agenda. Moreover, they once again demand that everyone with same sex attraction must walk in lockstep with the gay activist political agenda. And by the way, I love that "his people" phrase, as if the minor personal fact that one experiences same sex attraction makes one a member of something like a tribe or an ethnic group or a religion. How ridiculous!

Charles S.

Marriage and Estate Planning

The Boston Bar Journal (on dead tree, so no link) of November/December 2004 had an article with the above title by a family lawyer named Lisa Madeleine Cukier. The last paragraph is quite telling, showing that same sex "marriage" is all about getting government and cultural approval of homosexual activty, and has nothing to do with freedom:

In sum, the predictability and portability of marriage can only be approximated for same-sex spouses by executing a well considered estate plan. Given the uncertainty in the law, and in light of the critical need and expense of executing estate planning documents to proximate marital rights and protections available to opposite-sex couples, many lesbians and gay men question whether there is any truly appreciable benefit to marriage. There is. Only marriage will offer same-sex couples and their children the cultural common ground that the word "marriage" connotes. The implications of the shorthand term "marriage" for all that it signifies, in itself, is a marital benefit of the most significant degree.

Charles S.

Careful Frattini Steers Clear of Controversy under MEP Questioning

Mr. Frattini is the replacement EU commissioner nominee for Mr. Buttiglione, who was forced to withdraw because of his views that homosexual activity is immoral. Mr. Frattini apparently ain't talking about homosexual activity:

Although most of the questions focussed on the detail of the immigration policy, several MEPs did try and draw him out on his views on anti-discrimination - particularly concerning gender and sexual orientation.


But Mr Frattini, an experienced politician, would only repeatedly say that he is now there "as a representative of Europe" and that he would be bound by the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Me: Perhaps politicians who believe homosexual activity is immoral can be permitted under a "Don't ask/Don't tell" policy, or at least a "Don't tell" policy? It may come to that in this country as regards appointment to Federal courts of those with beliefs about the immorality of abortion and homosexual activity, given the treatment of Judge Pryor and others by Senator Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats.

Charles S.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Jay Nordlinger on Governor McGreevey's Farewell Address

Nordlinger gets in a good zing at the "Gay American" governor:

Governor McGreevey has taken his leave, still talking his special McGreevey talk. In his farewell address, he said, "I am not apologizing for being a gay American" — a "gay American"! — "but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision-making" — ugh, "impact" — "and for not having had the courage to be open about whom I was." (Yes, that's what he said, "whom," at least according to the transcript I have.)

Concluded McG, "With these thoughts, then, I begin my own new journey as an American who just happens to be gay and proud."

Okay, but one question: Proud of what?

Me: Exactly! If sexual proclivities are not a choice, then why are they anything to be "proud" of?

Charles S.

Bolstered by Bush: Italy’s “House of Liberty” cheers for W

Michael Novak weighs in on the Buttiglione affair:

One catalyst for this debate [on aggressive secularism in European politics]was the recent sacking of the very intelligent and able Italian candidate for the Justice Ministry of the European Commission, Rocco Buttiglione, currently the Minister for Europe in Berlusconi's government. Rocco, as everybody knows him, was a professor of phenomenology at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein, and also taught in universities in Italy. Years ago, he had gone to Poland (a leading center for the phenomenological movement, especially with regard to art), where he learned Polish and became a good friend of the young Bishop Wojtyla, who had been teaching in the same field. They have remained close friends. And Rocco may also be one of the most philo-American scholars on the Continent: knowledgeable, insatiably curious, not at all uncritical, yet on the whole admiring.

The panel conducting Rocco's hearing had never asked Romano Prodi or any other Italian politician, especially of the Left, what he personally thought about homosexual acts. A true answer, if it took the form of "I believe in civil tolerance, but personally I think such acts are not moral," would have landed any politician of Right or Left in deep political trouble with a significant plurality of Italian voters. That may be why the question has never been asked until now. It was asked of Buttiglione, and in such an aggressive and unexpected way that many in Italy are saying publicly that this was a deliberate set-up, engineered by laicists in Brussels still determined to "ecraser l'infame" — to erase every vestige of Christian faith — from their new laicist Europe.

The trouble with Rocco — and it is here time for me to confess that he is both one of the thinkers in Europe that I admire most, a colleague in an annual seminar on the free society we both launched for Eastern European students after 1989, and a dear family friend — is that he is incurably honest, forthright, and brave. He answered truly — he is the last man in the world I would expect to betray his own conscience. The distinction between civic tolerance (even respect for the consciences of those who disagree) and a reasoned personal judgment of conscience was more than the laicist inquisitors could bear. Tolerance is not enough for them in such matters; total conformity of conscience is now mandatory.

Charles S.

Sex-ed critics intend to fight

Public school authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland are enacting a program to teach high school children that homosexual activity is morally acceptable. According to this article, the "program teaches eighth- and 10th-graders that sexual experimentation with members of the same sex is common and normal, that same-sex couples are one form of a traditional family and that homosexuality is not a choice." This is blatant indoctrination by the Left through public schools. People have a right in this country to have differing moral views on homosexual activity. The public schools should not promote one moral viewpoint on this matter, which it is by saying that homosexual activity is "normal." As for the notion of homosexuality being a choice, the gay activists as usual blur the distinction between proclivity and action. While the orientation may or may not be a choice, the activity is most certainly a choice. We are all moral agents and need to take responsibility for our actions.

Charles S.

Article 8: Telling the truth about Sciortino creates shock

Brian Camenker accuses gay activist, anti-Catholic agitator and newly elected Massacusetts state legislator Carl Sciortino's supporters of dirty tactics in the recent election.

Charles S.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Buttiglione: 'Out with the Christian, in with the Freemason'

Yet more Buttiglione:

"What happened was very serious, because they told me that since I am a believer, I cannot be a European commissioner. We have to act so that a day does not come in which people will hear that they cannot be professors or school teachers because they are Catholic," said Mr Buttiglione, according to AGI.

Charles S.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Not Letting Facts Get in the Way of Same Sex Marriage

Some debunking of pseudo-scientific propaganda used to support same sex "marriage," etc.

Charles S.

Anti-Christian Trend Growing in Europe

In the wake of the Buttiglione affair, Cardinal Schoenborn points out a harsh truth about Europe today, but calls also for hope:

"This phenomenon [i.e., a political "animus against Christianity] has existed since the 19th century, and it was present in the great ideologies of the 20th century such as Communism, Bolshevism, and Naitonal Socialism," the Austrian prelate said. He went on to say that every totalitarian ideology seeks to stifle the voice of the Church, and suggested that today's ideologues are following the same path.

The increasing influence of these ideologies, Cardinal Schönborn said, "is not a good omen for Europe, but it isn't a reason to be discouraged, either." He said that he has been saddened by the tone of polemics in European politics, but recognizes that Christianity must always struggle against public opposition.

The cardinal argued that instead of becoming discouraged, Christians should be more active in public life. "Christians are a net majority in Europe," he observed; "and if they were conscious of their Baptism, or their mission and their vocation to promote the Gospel and its values, they would not hesitate" to become politically active. Their activity, he added, "would be for the good and to the great advantage of Europe."

Me: It seems rather ironic that European elites should be so hostile to Christianity at just the time when Europe is in greater danger than ever of being subject to a true theocracy of sharia law and a Muslim caliphate.

Charles S.

Unlike America's, Europe's Political Establishment is Hostile to Christianity

Rocco Buttiglione sounds off in the Wall Street Journal. He has a good reminder on how the American Revolution was superior to the French Revolution as far as religious freedom is concerned:

One of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, was convinced that politics needed values it could not produce itself and had to rely on other agencies (mainly the churches) to nurture the virtues civil life needs. The state could therefore not privilege any church in particular but had to maintain a positive attitude to religion in general.

Jean Jacques Rousseau thought, on the contrary, that the state needed a kind of civil religion of its own and the existing churches had to bow to this civil religion by incorporating its commandments in their theology. Many scholars see in this idea of Rousseau's the seminal principle of totalitarianism. The tradition of Rousseau and of the Jacobins has survived in Europe in less virulent forms than in the not too distant past, but it's still part of the European political and ideological landscape.

However, given the virulent anti-Christian hate speech that has appeared since the election from left-wing pundits like Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Jane Smiley, Gary Wills, Thomas Friedman, as well as multiple letters to the editor, methinks Signore Buttiglione is a bit too optimistic that American political elites do not share the hostility to religion of the European elites.

Charles S.

A Coalition of Conviction

Kate O'Beirne identifies the key difference between Republicans and Democrats in the past election:

Republicans find themselves on the majority's side of the cultural divide because they don't display the Democrats' condescension and hostility to the moral sentiments and concerns of most Americans.

Charles S.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Winning the "I Don't Know" Crowd

Libby Sternberg has a thoughtful article in the Daily Standard subtitled, "The problem with Democrats is that they've become the party of moral absolutism." She has some great advice for the Democrats:

If Democrats are to regain the moral-values crowd, they don't need to pander to the devout with photo ops at church services and well-timed references to the Almighty. They don't even need to be particularly religious. They just have to learn to humbly acknowledge that moral issues are thorny and require thoughtful consideration. And they have to respect the opinions and doubts of others.

Charles S.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

San Fran.: No Mood for Tolerance After Bush Win

The gay activists and their liberal followers don't seem to be learning the right lesson from the election. Their shrill derision and hatred of traditional Christian believers as well as their arrogant efforts to impose their extreme agenda on society through the courts and lawless local governments have helped to reelect President Bush. What is their reaction? Apparently it seems to be yet more shrill derision and hatred of traditional Christian believers. Can we please junk once and for all the false idea that liberals are "tolerant" and love "diversity"?

Charles S.

Friday, November 05, 2004

The Moral Factor in the Election

David Horowitz takes on Andrew Sullivan and would appear to hit the nail on the head:

...It was gay leaders and gay advocates like Andrew Sullivan who forced this issue into the election battle. By circumventing the legislative process, by selecting an arrogant and undemocratic judiciary and an anarchist mayor to attempt to force a victory on this issue the gay left also forced the President and his party to seek a legislative remedy to defend the interests of their conservative and religious base. This is the origin of the eleven initiatives in eleven states that defeated the Democratic candidate...

Charles S.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Reconsidering in San Fran.?

Apparently the victories for traditional marriage on Election Day has prompted some soul searching in San Francisco, including on the role of Mayor Gavin Newsom in flouting the rule of law to perform same sex "marriages" there:

Some analysts credited San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to let gay couples marry here without a court's blessing with inspiring the anti-gay amendments that gave the president's conservative base a reason to go to the polls in crucial battleground states like Ohio.

"It gives them a position to rally around," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "That whole issue (gay marriage) has been too much, too fast, too soon. People aren't ready for it."

Me: I hope that this election really does cause some soul searching for the entire gay activist movement and their supporters in the liberal establishment. I hope they realize that their arrogant use of lawless judges and mayors to impose their sexual ideology on a democratic society turns people off. And I hope they also realize that their shrill anti-Christian rhetoric and demonization of traditional religious believers is counterproductive.

Charles S.

Patriotism = Homophobia?

I had to chuckle at this email to Jay Nordlinger from someone at my old alma mater:

Conservatives at Harvard are still embattled, even as the Democrats try to recover from the implosion. I was yelling the phrase "I love America! I love democracy!" in the hallway, and a colleague exploded at me and yelled, "It's completely inappropriate to express your homophobic views like that!" The disconnect with reality continues unabated. [Homophobic views!!!]

Charles S.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bush Wins Same Portion of "Gay" Vote as '00

An excerpt:

Perhaps the most surprising news for gay observers of the presidential election is that exit polls show President Bush received the exact same percentage of gay votes — 23 percent — as he did four years ago. This despite the president's vocal support for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marraige.

According to the CNN exit poll, 4 percent of all voters identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the same percentage as four years ago, at least as reported by ABC News that year. By comparison, 11 percent of voters were black, 9 percent were Latino, 2 percent were Asian, and 3 percent were Jewish. In 1996, 5 percent of the electorate self-identified as gay.

This is very interesting if true. Notwithstanding the efforts of the Log Cabin Republican organization and the likes of Andrew Sullivan and others to bring down the Republican Party's presidential candidate, President Bush, a significant percentage of voters publicly self-identifying as "gay" nevertheless supported him in the election. And of course this does not reflect the votes of those with same sex attraction who do not publicly identify themselves as "gay", which I daresay might even have a higher percentage of pro-Bush votes (although I am only speculating on that point). The Log Cabin, Andrew Sullivan and other gay activists should reflect on these numbers before they once again claim as they inevitably will to speak on behalf of all people with same sex attraction!

Charles S.

Anti-Catholic Homosexual Activist Wins Massachusetts Legislative Seat

See here for more background information on the doings of this individual, including his disruption of services at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

Charles S.

The Dream Is Lost: Bush gets a Mandate for Theocracy

Here's an article from the fever swamps of the anti-Christian left. Our constitutional republic survived without civil same sex marriage and Roe v. Wade for many a year until recently -- does that mean that during all that time we were a theocracy and not a "secular, liberal democracy", that the "no establishment" and "free exercise" clauses of the Constitution were a dead letter? The Left in this country is completely delusional when they do this ignorant moral equivalence of Republicans with theocracy a la Iran or the Taliban (both of which by the way have been the objects of President Bush's desire for "regime change" away from theocracy to democracy). Republicans are strong proponents of freedom -- we just don't want liberals using the government to impose their moral views on sexuality on the rest of us.

Charles S.

Voters in 11 States Reject Gay Marriage

Everywhere (including Oregon!) a state constitutional amendment was on the ballot to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, the voters chose to uphold traditional marriage. I believe in the basic decency of the American people and therefore interpret the vote as a widespread rejection of government promotion of homosexual activity, a moral issue about which many feel and have a right to feel differently from the liberal establishment. Tolerance is one thing, but government affirmation of homosexual activity is quite another thing. The voters are also saying that unelected judges should not unilaterally change the definition of marriage to impose the gay activist agenda on society based on ambiguous wording and vague constitutional theories that can be twisted to justify almost anything the judges wish to accomplish. I do not believe that the vote demonstrates hatred or intolerance of those with same sex attraction as persons, although that certainly might have been the case with some voters, and the gay activists will certainly portray this as the voters' primary motivation.

Charles S.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Archbishop Rips Forced Buttiglione Withdrawal

Some more reaction to the Buttiglione affair:

The president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (COMECE) has criticized the "intolerance" of European Union leaders who forced a Catholic to withdraw his nomination to the European Commission.

After Rocco Buttiglione's announcement that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for a spot on the European Commission, Swiss Archbishop Amedee Grab said it was "unacceptable" that European parliamentary leaders had blocked the Buttiglione nomination.

Buttigilione had drawn strong opposition when he expressed his view that homosexual acts are sinful. A devout Catholic, with strong ties to the Vatican, he had been denounced as "intolerant," and the opposition to his nomination stalled the appointment of the new European Commission.

That political impasse, in turn, caused an unprecedented crisis in the young European Union. Incoming President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso was unable to take over the European leadership on November 1, as scheduled, because his nominees to the European Commission had not been approved. Buttiglione stepped aside in an effort to resolve that crisis.

But Archbishop Grab told the Italian daily Avvenire that the resolution was "unacceptable." The COMECE president argued that "no one should prevent a political leader from expressing his opinions."

The archbishop continued: "It is unacceptable that the mere fact of holding an opinion different from that of the majority is immediately seen as intolerance."

Comments on Buttiglione from England

A friend from England writes with the following comments on the Buttiglione affair, which has been discussed below on this blog:

I think there are some other factors [besides religious discrimination] at play too. Not least, some revenge from some German politicians who were annoyed at comments last year by the Italian Prime Minister that a German MP behaved like a nazi concentration camp guard. Such is the commission's infantilism.

I think Buttiglione could have played his political cards more wisely. He could have quoted the [Catechism of the Catholic Church]'s teachings about human rights and non-discrimination. He could have promoted the family and not mention sinfulness. I can't quite understand how someone would mention what he did on homosexuality when he was promoting his suitability for a job.

Buttiglione is quoted as saying that 'homosexuality is a sin,' which isn't the Church's teaching. As you know, the Church teaches that 'homosexual acts are mortal sins in the objective moral order and homosexual inclination is objectively disordered because the inclination in itself leads to mortal sin in the objective moral order.' Buttiglione could have simply said that he is an obedient Catholic and left it. I think he behaved in a way that makes him un-suitable as a Catholic politican.

I am very upset too. We need good Catholic politicans; especially in Europe. However, the only model for a Catholic politican is Saint Thomas More, who acted skillfully and prudently at all times and only spoke out against his opponents when his conscience obliged him to.

Charles S.

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Cardinal Newman Society's Catalogue of Woe

A Catholic Higher Education Alert email from the Cardinal Newman Society had a horrifying catalogue of woe, showing just how far "Catholic" institutes of higher learning in the country have come in promoting the gay activist agenda. The following items say it all:

The alumni association of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law presented its St. Robert Bellarmine Award to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a strong proponent of abortion rights and “gay rights”, at an awards presentation and reunion dinner on October 30. As an Illinois senator, Madigan sponsored and voted for pro-abortion legislation and voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. She also led an attack on “phony” crisis pregnancy centers for refusing to offer abortions or abortion referrals. Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki, an adjunct professor at Loyola’s law school, urged the alumni association to rescind the invitation and the university to oppose the award.

CONTACT: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President, Loyola University of Chicago, 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 915-6400;

Benedictine University hosted Barak Obama, pro-abortion Illinois candidate for U.S. Senate, to speak to students and guests on October 5. During his speech, Obama argued for keeping abortion legal. As a state senator, Obama opposed legislation that would have required doctors to provide medical care to babies that were born alive during an abortion procedure. He also opposes a constitutional amendment banning homosexual “marriage.”

CONTACT: Dr. William Carroll, President, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532; (630) 829-6004;

Pro-abortion former presidential candidate Howard Dean spoke at a campus event co-sponsored by the Boston College Democrats, the College Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Undergraduate Government of Boston College on October 5. His speech criticized President George W. Bush and advocated the election of John Kerry. Dean is an advocate of abortion rights and homosexual marriage.

CONTACT: Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College, Botolph House, 18 Old Colony Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; (617)-552-3250;

Boston College’s Office of Residential Life, Women’s Resource Center, GLBTI Council of the Undergraduate Government and other student groups at Boston College co-sponsored Coming Out Week from October 11-18 to celebrate homosexuality and gay rights. Activities included distributing rainbow-colored ribbons and discussions of students’ “coming out” experiences.

CONTACT: Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College, Botolph House, 18 Old Colony Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; (617)-552-3250;

On October 17, Congressman Barney Frank, one of the first openly gay members of Congress and a proponent for abortion rights, appeared as the third speaker in a “Progressive Speaker Series” hosted by the Boston College Democrats. Frank used the opportunity to attack President Bush’s policies and the Bush administration’s attempt to force a series of religious values on America.

CONTACT: Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College, Botolph House, 18 Old Colony Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; (617)-552-3250;

Boston College employees have formed the Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association of B.C. (LGFSAA) to “offer one another moral support and to talk about shared concerns,” which include employee benefits for homosexual partners. LGFSAA member and theology professor John McDargh told the college newspaper, The Heights, that members of the group “draw inspiration for this work from the fundamental values of B.C.’s Jesuit and Catholic heritage.”

CONTACT: Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College, Botolph House, 18 Old Colony Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; (617)-552-3250;

A survey of students at the College of the Holy Cross found significant support for abortion and homosexual “marriage.” The Holy Cross Student Survey, conducted in spring 2004 and released this month, found that 72 percent of students support “gay marriage” and 86 percent support laws permitting civil unions of homosexual couples. In addition, 35 percent agree that women “should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice,” 21 percent support legal abortion in most circumstances “after the need for the abortion has been clearly established,” 33 percent would allow abortion only in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is endangered, and only 10 percent would ban abortion in all circumstances.

CONTACT: Rev. Michael McFarland, S.J., President, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, MA 01610; (508) 793-2011;

On October 6, Fordham University’s Center for American Catholic Studies, Chaplain’s Office, Theology Department and College at Lincoln Center sponsored a lecture by Catholic gay activist Andrew Sullivan. The topic, “Friendship: The Forgotten Relationship,” included a discussion of “the distinctive gifts of homosexual friendships.” An e-mail distributed to faculty promoting the event argued that Sullivan, a vocal critic of the Church’s teachings on homosexual activity, “can model for our students how a vigorous intellect can illuminate faith (and vice versa!).”

CONTACT: Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458; (718) 817-3000; (c/o executive secretary)

Gonzaga University has announced the addition of a Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgender (GLBT) Resource Center to its campus through the efforts of Student Activities, the Center for Community Action and Service-Learning and Unity House, a campus center to advocate tolerance and diversity. With the approval of University administrators and Gonzaga President, Rev. Robert Spitzer, the center was created to provide literature and promote discussion about sexual orientation and homosexual issues.

CONTACT: Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J., President, Gonzaga University, 502 East Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99258-0001; (509) 323-6103;

Gonzaga University’s “Catholicism for a New Millennium” lecture series featured Loyola University of Chicago theology professor Patricia Beattie Jung on “Gay Marriage and Civil Unions: A Catholic Reflection” on September 30. The university press release announced, “Jung will weave together several very traditional Christian moral teachings and on that very conservative basis, construct an explicitly Christian argument for same-sex marriage.”

CONTACT: Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J., President, Gonzaga University, 502 East Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99258-0001; (509) 323-6103;

On September 22, ALLIES, the homosexual/heterosexual alliance at John Carroll University, hosted “life partners” Sean Donovan and Thomas Ferrara, one of the first gay male couples “married” in the state of Massachusetts. Flyers advertising the event pictured protesters with signs reading “Gay Marriage is our Right” and “I support Trans equality.”

CONTACT: Rev. Edward Glynn, S.J., President, John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd, University Heights, OH 44118; (216) 397-4281;

On September 1, former presidential candidate Howard Dean was invited to speak on the implications of the 2004 presidential election at an event sponsored by the Student Activities Fund and the College Democrats. Dean is an advocate of abortion rights and homosexual marriage. On September 14, presidential candidate Ralph Nader, an advocate of abortion rights, held a campaign event for students, faculty and other guests in Loyola’s Mundelein Auditorium. Dr. Elizabeth Coughlin, chairwoman of the Department of Communications, helped facilitate the event, which was sponsored by the Nader campaign.

CONTACT: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President, Loyola University of Chicago, 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 915-6400;

A Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s University on October 10 to kick off Rainbow Week, a celebration of gay rights. Events included a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Gay Marriage: Personal, Legal and Religious” featuring a homosexual couple and two “civil rights” advocates. Also participating was Rev. Vincent Genovesi, S.J., a theology professor and director of Pre-Cana programs on campus.

CONTACT: Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., President, St. Joseph’s University, 5600 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131; (610) 660-1200;

The University of Notre Dame prevented homosexual students from displaying a large “coming out closet” on campus on October 12 because the sponsoring organization, Alliance N.D., is not an officially recognized student club. The Graduate Student Union was to co-sponsor the display. Alliance N.D. did succeed in distributing orange armbands at a Notre Dame football game to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

CONTACT: Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556; (574) 631-3903;

On October 14, the University of San Diego welcomed abortion and homosexual rights advocate Sabrina Sojourner to speak at the conclusion of National Coming Out Week. Sojourner, the first open lesbian to be elected to the United States Congress and a former employee of the National Organization for Women, was invited to speak about diversity during the school’s weeklong celebration of gay pride.

CONTACT: Dr. Mary Lyons, President, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492; (619) 260-4520;

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