“For the nation’s Catholic bishops, the Illinois requirement is a prime example of what they see as an escalating campaign by the government to trample on their religious freedom while expanding the rights of gay people. The idea that religious Americans are the victims of government-backed persecution is now a frequent theme not just for Catholic bishops, but also for Republican presidential candidates and conservative evangelicals.”
The rights of gays are not being expanding, we are beginning to recognize the rights they have always had but been denied. The Catholics still get to discriminate against gays within the bounds of their religion, but not when providing public services with taxpayer dollars.
“In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated,” said Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., a civil and canon lawyer who helped drive the church’s losing battle to retain its state contracts for foster care and adoption services.
I suppose he thinks he is being clever, turning it around to make Catholics out to be the victims. To buy into his argument, one would have to believe that they have a unilateral right to be intolerant, or that attacking the rights of others is somehow an act of tolerance. Only blind prejudice could make this seem logical.
The time has come for some charities or organizations that respect equal rights to take over what the Catholic Church is unwilling to do: impartially provide a government service.
It would also help to get the Vatican out of the United States government.
- Requirement to consider gay couples for adoption forces Illinois Catholic Charities affiliates to close (hotair.com)
- Money Not Faith At Heart Of Cries Of Religious Discrimination In US (lezgetreal.com)
- For Bishops, a Battle Over Whose Rights Prevail (nytimes.com)
- In Adoption Controversy, Put the Children First (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)