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!

Friday, November 12, 2004

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.

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