Skip to comments.Now They're Suing Churches
Posted on 02/05/2014 3:50:49 PM PST by fwdude
Recently, Eastside Catholic High School caused an uproar when they dismissed their vice-principal who entered a same-sex marriage in violation of church teaching.
In a story that could have implications for this case, as well as for churches everywhere, last week the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a complaint against a Catholic girls prep school which refused to hire a man who is married to another man.
Matthew Barrett applied for a job as the food service director at the Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Massachusetts and was offered the job. When his pre-employment form listed him as having a husband the school informed him that they could not hire him.
The news is not that the homosexual community is suing people for doing things they dont like. Thats actually pretty old news.
The news here is that theyre suing churches, something they assured us would NEVER happen because they just respect religious freedom far too much.
To appreciate the significance of this latest development, a brief review of where weve come from is helpful.
Originally they just wanted homosexuality removed from the list of mental disorders. You dont have to like it or agree with it they told us, all we want is to no longer be told were crazy for having feelings we cant control.
Then they wanted to get rid of the ban on homosexuality in the military. Dont ask, dont tell. Cmon be reasonable. All we want is the right to serve our country without being forced to lie about who we are.
Then homosexuality was added to the list of protected classes in non-discrimination laws. Of course were not trying to stop you from having your own beliefs or expressing them however you want, we just dont want to lose our jobs because were gay. Its not like were trying to get married.
Then it was domestic partnerships with some of the rights and benefits of marriage. All we want is the right to visit our loved ones in the hospital. How heartless can you be?
Then domestic partnerships were expanded to have all the rights and benefits of marriage. We dont want to change marriage, all we want is the same rights and benefits of marriage. Were tired of being treated like second class citizens. And they told that story about wanting to visit people in the hospital again even though it was a non-issue.
Then they decided they needed to redefine marriage after all. All we want is to change civil marriage. We wouldnt dream of interfering with a churches right to define marriage however it wants and act accordingly. We love religious freedom. Hey, I go to church too. And they told the story about wanting to visit loved ones in the hospital...again...because it still worked. Tehehe.
And now theyre suing churches.
Despite the complaint against the Catholic school for making decisions consistent with their church teaching, Bennet Klein, the GLAD lawyer representing Barrett is STILL trying to make the case that he supports religious freedom.
Theres a Baghdad Bob component to all of this thats actually kind of funny.
In a statement on their website, Bennett Klein, the GLAD lawyer representing Barrett said, Our laws carefully balance the important values of religious liberty and non-discrimination. When Fontbonne Academy fired Matt from a job that has nothing to do with religion, they came down on the wrong side of the law.
You see, all of you who think your religious freedoms are being taken away are mistaken. They love religious freedom. In reality theyre just clarifying your confusion about what religion actually is.
In the future, if you have any questions about which parts of your church actually have to do with your religion you can check with your local GLAD lawyer. Theyre happy to serve.
Lots of people have been observing the conflict between freedom and the sexual liberty movement from the sideline for decades. I get it. Conflict really isnt that fun. And isnt life more fun when everyone thinks youre awesome?
Weve come a long ways since homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders and youve been quiet all the while. Theyre suing churches now. They moved out of the closet, slept on the couch for a while, eventually sent you to the guestroom when they took over the master bedroom, and now youre standing with all your stuff in the front lawn while a guy is changing the locks on the doors.
At what point does ones desire to avoid conflict become cowardice? Its a question worth asking because there are tens of millions of people in America handing over their freedoms without so much as a disapproving look. After all, theres so much negativity already.
Maybe you resent the implication. Fair enough. Then answer this question. Where is your line in the sand?
Is it when they sue you? Is it when you can no longer get a business license because the state mandated non-discrimination policy to get a business license violates your beliefs? Is it when they sue your church? When they sue your friends church? When they close your church? When they put your pastor in jail? When they take your kids from you to prevent your brand of hate from being spread to the next generation?
Or perhaps there is nothing you wont put up with so long as no one accuses you of being divisive or political.
Winston Churchill once quipped that an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.
Thats certainly one option.
Or, those who havent been eaten yet could just decide to stop the crocodile. Up to you. If you make him stop hell certainly be upset with you and may even have some harsh words...in public.
Your motives will be misrepresented, theyll say you hate gay people, and if youre a pastor someone is sure to accuse you of co-opting the gospel for political purposes. But, it could allow us to preserve the liberty so many risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for. Are you sure youre ready for that?
Yeah, may not be worth it. Here, eat this guy.
But I thought homosexuals only wanted to be left alone in their bedrooms!
Prove it. Better have it on video someone outright saying ‘we can’t hire you because you’re shacking up with another guy and pretending it is called marriage.’
Amazingly, many are STILL saying this, in not so many words.
It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? Even before the attacks on businesses and institutions started here, it had been going on in Europe for at least a decade.
I’m almost tempted to declare myself a lesbian (if I can make anyone believe me after over thirty years of marriage to one man), just so I can bring the first lawsuit against a Muslim entity. So far, every sodomite attack on religious freedom I’ve heard of has been against a Christian entity. Someone needs to set a precedent as to who ranks higher in the victimisation sweepstakes at this moment-Muslims or sodomites. It might bring some clarity to this issue if it starting hitting another protected victim status in the protected class hierarchy.
Especially with the approval of honor killings.
The job is at a Catholic school, of COURSE it has something to do with religion, or at least it SHOULD.
What they really wanted along was a stage on which to perform, to applause and cheers for their sick perversion. And when they have that, it still won’t be enough to validate them or quiet the still small voice which tells them the truth-that they are sick and in need of repentence at the foot of the Cross, just like every other human born in sin in this world. All the forced validation of their sin won’t change that, just like it wouldn’t for a murderer, a liar, or a thief.
Until they become so hardened in their sin that they are given over to a reprobate mind.
Actually, if we really were still a FREE country, "discrimination" would still be an unalienable right of EVERY free person: business owners, individuals, corporations, etc. In fact, a constitutional government would PROTECT the right of every such entity to discriminate, to make distinctions, as a constitutional right to be protected at all cost.
Yes, I agree.
The slide to the bottom in this country appears terminal.
The inavoidable social outcome will be that anyone declaratively gay or even looking gay will be denied employment in Christians organizations because “a better qualified candidate was found”.
Another social outcome will be less salutary. When we reach the point when gays get jobs or else they sue, hatred for the homosexuals regardless of how they personally behave will increase. I am sure that is what GLAD wants, no?
In my opinion, the Catholic Church in the US should stop being an agent of the State, and no longer have anything to do with civil marriage, thus removing that obstacle. She should ONLY do Sacramental Marriages, thus putting that issue squarely, and unequivocally in the realm of religious freedom. THAT would make for an interesting fight. The Church isn't saying that homosexuals can't be married legally, just that they can't receive the SACRAMENT of marriage, because they don't meet one of the central requirements for the reception of that Sacrament, specifically one man, one woman.
Of course this means that any two people who meet the specific criteria held by the Church can receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. So two old folks who want to married, but can't do so LEGALLY, and not lose some tax benefits, or mess up inheritance laws, can do so in the Church. And young folks can have their Sacramental Marriage, with the big party, then go down to the Courthouse whenever they feel like it, to make their union 'legal' in the eyes of the State and Federal Government.
Yes, at one time I would have thought that this was a temporary cycle of perversion which would correct itself, but I think the reprobates have managed to gain critical mass through the lobotomizing of at least two entire generations through public indoctrination centers and 24/7 popular entertainment being piped into their homes to feed them filth.
And it is not just in this country. This infection is world-wide.
Cold War veterans will remember the stories of Russian people who held on to their religion being persecuted by their government for their beliefs, sneaking through the back alleys to attend services, and sent to the Gulags by the thousands.
Now we have an arrogant anti-Christ in the White House forcing that same style of godless government on America.
He is violating our First Amendment rights, destroying the fabric of our nation, and openly persecuting Christians with nary a peep from congress or the senate.
How long before his critics start disappearing into FEMA run Gulags here in “The Land Of The Free”?
Notice that there are no news stories about Obama forcing his policies on muslims and muslim organizations in America the way he is doing to Christians.
During a lecture on sexuality and gender last semester, I characterized myself as a male lesbian to my students (mostly college freshman and sophomores). Some of them are still trying to figure it out.
If you really want to confuse them, say you are a trans-transgender man - a man, who wants to transition to a “woman” who really wants to be a man (who loves women.)
I am saying that I am a lesbian trapped in a man's body.
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