Realms of Inexplicable Evil
The Huffington Post today berated the Catholic Church as an ‘Inexplicably Evil Organization’. Why? Because it will soon be forced to stop providing services to the poor, homeless and needy on D.C.’s streets if same sex marriage legislation is passed.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if same-sex marriage as it was currently worded, was passed.
The reaction? Fix the law! Provide religious protections! Reject the normalization of homosexuality right? No Sir, the spin is all on Catholic Charities for scrooging the poor out of spite. See this from the Venerable Huffington Post:
“Yup, that’s right. If gay folk can marry, the Catholic church refuses to feed the homeless….Beyond being simply mean and intolerant, this is just a stupid strategy for the Catholic church to employ. It may be a symbol of religion, but the church is also a business that needs to expand its customer base, or it will become extinct like Greek polytheism or New Coke.” —Allison Kilkenny, Huffington Post
Yet unlike the characterization so eagerly given, the Catholic Church is not moving out of spite or political maneuver. It’s a legal reality. A legal reality, I might add, that was predicted was going to be a necessity if gay marriage was passed.
- The issue came up in California during prop 8, and gay activists said: “NO! That would never happen. You guys are fear mongering!”
- The issue came up in Maine during Question 1, and gay activists said: “Lies! Churches are exempt! There are religious protections!”
- The issue came up in Massachusetts and when no one stood to defend marriage laws, Catholic Charities, a public fixture for 100 years, was forced to close its doors.
Now we come to Washington D.C. and what are the gay activists saying now?
Not only are they forcing Catholic charity groups out of D.C., but they’re BLAMING the the Catholics for it!
“What ever happen to loving all of God’s creatures? I hope (and pray) they will see how unfair it would be to strip the needy of it’s services in an effort to stop gay marriage. I was raised Catholic and was raised to be a compassionate Catholic and this action by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is beyond non-compassionate.” —TakePart.com
Unbelievable! The D.C. City Council was warned by legal experts that the same sex marriage legislation they were considering lacked adequate protection for religious freedom. Rather than heeding these concerns the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary actually made the accommodations for religious freedom even more narrow than had been previously proposed.
A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington responded:
As a result, religious organizations and individuals are at risk of legal action for refusing to promote and support same-sex marriages in a host of settings where it would compromise their religious beliefs. This includes employee benefits, adoption services and even the use of a church hall for non-wedding events for same-sex married couples. Religious organizations such as Catholic Charities could be denied licenses or certification by the government, denied the right to offer adoption and foster care services, or no longer be able to partner with the city to provide social services for the needy.
“It is our concern that the committee’s narrowing of the religious exemption language will cause the government to discontinue our long partnership with them and open up the agency to litigation and the use of resources to defend our religious beliefs rather than serve the poor,” said Edward Orzechowski, president/CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Charities serves 68,000 people in the city each year. The city’s 40 Catholic parishes operate another 93 social service programs to provide crucial services.
The Washington Post characterizes this as the Church giving the city an ultimatum, but we’re not talking ultimatums here. We’re talking realities.
Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. explained that it is the city that is giving the ultimatum.
“We are not threatening to walk out of the city,” Gibbs said. “The city is the one saying, ‘If you want to continue partnering with the city, then you cannot follow your faith teachings.’ “
Catholic Charities has served the D.C. poor for years. Their services are needed. Why the hard line? The intolerance for religious belief? Why the hard spin? Isn’t the whole reason we’re told gay couples want to marry is so they can be included? Why push Catholic Charities out?
Bottom line: In the culture war, the progressive movement is about replacement, not inclusion. It’s about winning no matter what the cost to freedom or humanity—and that is what is inexplicably evil.