These "leaders" are so full of hate, they are meddling in things that don't concern them.
On Thanksgiving, if you guard the turkey because you don’t want the cousin you hate to get any, what would your mama do? She would tell you to stop being mean to your cousin. And what if you decide that in order to stop being “mean” to your cousin, you just won’t allow anyone to have turkey? Do you think you’ll still be able to use your jaw to eat that turkey yourself? I don’t think so.
Sound absurd? Well, that’s amazingly similar to what some people are doing, driven by their hatred. People like Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George and Springfield’s Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. All of them are so full of hate, they are meddling in things that don’t concern them.
Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel issued a memo in August directing all military branches to extend benefits to all legally married same-sex couples. Governor Fallin instead issued an order for the Oklahoma National Guard to stop processing housing benefits if it was for a same-sex married couple.
National Guard Chief, General Frank J. Grass met with the governor and demanded she be in compliance with this directive by December 1st. Her answer was to stop processing any housing applications with a “with dependent” designation at any facility owned by Oklahoma. In other words all married couples, period.
The problem is that the National Guard is primarily a federal agency. It is financed 95% by the Federal Government. Even the facilities that Oklahoma now owns were built with Federal money. National Guard soldiers and civilians are federal employees. Housing benefits are administered and paid for by… can you guess it? … the Federal government. The benefits and even the personnel processing benefits “belong” to the Federal government, not Oklahoma.
Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George wrote in a letter he asked to be placed in all church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdiocese “There will be consequences for the Church and society that will become clearer as the [same-sex marriage] law is used to sue for discrimination,”
“The law has made some gays and lesbians happy, and that is not a bad thing in itself,” George adds. “The law, however, is bad law because it will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.”
The problem is that the law clearly gives religious organizations what they asked for… the right to discriminate legally. They can’t be sued for refusing to perform a same-sex marriage. Furthermore, Catholics do not own marriage and family life. It belongs to all of us. Well… at least now it does… at least in some states. But like religion itself marriage belongs to the people.
Springfield’s Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was seeing so much red he decided to hold an exorcism the day same-sex marriage was signed into law in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki said that since same-sex marriage is contrary to “the plan of God”, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. He also noted that politicians who enacted civil same-sex marriage legislation are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.” Does he really think that people will go gay just because they can get married? and what happened to “Give unto Caesar that which is Caesars and give unto God that which is God’s.” Allowing a “sin” wouldn’t make you the sinner according to Jesus.
“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” he said. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”
The problem is the church doesn’t own legislation or the state. Well… it’s not supposed to anyway. And same-sex marriage has not and doesn’t want to “penetrate” his church. Fleeing religious persecution is what drove many of our ancestors here. Freedom of religion also means Freedom FROM religion. And stop right there. You should believe and fight for this concept even if you are “deeply religious” because you’ll be screaming the loudest when the religion that takes over the country isn’t yours.
Maybe it’s time we all listened to our mothers. If it’s not yours, leave it alone. Now go play nice or you’ll be playing alone.