In the Battle of the Catholic Church versus Homosexuality, the war rages onward.
For years the Church has had an open and firm view on the Gay Rights Movement, but never before has one member of the clergy stood up in so courageous a way as Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
According to the Chicago Tribune's Brian Slodysko, Cardinal George has "set off a new round in his dispute with gay right activists" by comparing the Gay Rights Movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
Now, before you bite my head or the head of Cardinal George off, I must describe his remarks in context (or if you'd like to hear Cardinal George's own voice in the Fox News Chicago interview that set off this entire chain on events, you can watch THIS clip on Youtube.)
In October, the route and time of the Gay Pride Parade Chicago was changed to be able to accommodate larger crowds. The time was changed from 12 to 10, and the new route would pass Our Lady of Mount Carmel. With obvious intent, the Church officials were outraged, arguing that the route and time would interrupt Church services. Last Wednesday, thankfully for all involved, the start time was moved back to 1o.
But before the time was changed, Cardinal Francis George spoke out about the changes on Fox News Chicago, saying: "You know, you don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism. So I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don't know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s...position on that."
According to Slodysko, "Gay rights groups on...said George needs to apologize – among them the Rainbow Sash Movement, an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, which also called for George’s resignation." The group issued a statement, saying, "Cardinal Francis George’s recent statement comparing the gay community to the KKK is just another example of bigotry sidestepping what it means to be pro-life. The cardinal promotes his brand of bigotry based on a case of selective Biblical literalism." Other Gay Rights groups spoke out, accusing George of "bigotry."
The Cardinal defended his views, but also issued a statement saying, "It is terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm." He continued by saying, "Organizers (of the pride parade) invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate."
Sash Executive Director Joe Murray responded to the statement, saying, "It’s schizoid. You can’t say on one hand that you love people and on the other hand condemn them for who they are.”
At Change.org, a movement has been growing to force Cardinal George to resign. At the time of this blog, the Petition had 4,043 of 5,000 needed signatures. (To view the petition, follow THIS link.)
And after all the facts of the sad story, comes your own Compassionate Conservative's opinion! (and I must stress that this is my OPINION. After my blog about the Occupy Wall Street Movement was bashed by hate-mongers, I have to restate the fact that these are my unvarnished opinions, free of censorship.)
We all know my views on the Gay Rights Movement, but if you don't I will restate them.
I believe that marriage should be between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN. There is NO grey area.I may not be Catholic, but I was raised a staunch Lutheran and taught that The Bible is Holy Doctrine and that God's Word is law. Therefore, I believe that Homosexuality is a base sin, and should not be practiced by anyone who truly believes in God (because, let's face it, the one's who don't are doomed anyways, I'm right to say?)
That may be a little harsh, but unless they repent their ways, I am washing my hands of their souls. I will try as hard as I can to get America to listen to Conservative values to eradicate Homosexuality, but I can't save everyone. I'm only one boy.
So, therefore, I am on the side of Cardinal Francis George. If I didn't side with him, I would just be a big old hypocrite. (We soon forget that I once compared homosexuals to Murderers. Not mine finest moment, but I digress...)
Was comparing the Gay Rights Movement to the Ku Klux Klan a little harsh? YES. But the sentiment behind George's statements rings truer than the bells of Notre Dame.
Can you imagine if the time hadn't been changed? The Gay Pride Parade (which is pretty much a giant orgy of debauchery, sex, drugs and alcohol) would have interrupted the Church's services with their loud gallivanting and crazed rhetoric. For people who like to spend a morning in the solemn surroundings of church, a giant parade of heathens might make them feel a wee bit uncomfortable.
Cardinal George has the right to compare the Gay Rights Movement to the Ku Klux Klan. Not everyone may AGREE with him, but he has the Law on his side, standing behind his statements.
The complaining members of the various Gay Rights Groups can whine all they want about being treated fairly, but until they learn the error of their ways, they will not be taken seriously by a group of such stature as the Catholic Church. They see the Catholic Church as an enemy, as Cardinal George said in his interview. Thus, we Conservatives should NOT view Gays as an enemy, because we don't hate them. We just disagree with their lifestyle.
The Catholic Church has every right to say what needs to be said regarding their views. The Body of the Church, as well as every citizen living in America, has a right to voice their opinion. Cardinal George, as a member of the Church Body, is an extension of America's will for true mavericks to voice the truth of their own opinion.
I am very vocal about my dislike for Gay Equality and the fight for their right to be married. I'm in College now, and almost every one of my friends chastises me for my views. They don't even want to have an honest debate, because they see my view as a non-issue and nonexistent. They are so firmly delusional in their pursuit of so-called "equality" that they have forgotten that God is still alive in America, and there are those people in this country who believe in His word as absolute fact.
I have Homosexuality flaunted in my face by Television every second of every day, even in the most innocent of places. Glee, oddly, is one of the worst offenders. I am sickened to my very core by what is being peddled to the American Public on that show. Even The Disney Channel is slipping the pro-Gay agenda into the shows my Niece watches.
I see them at school, painted up like Jezebels and prancing around the atrium, but I have learned to just walk past with my moral held firmly on my shoulders. Nothing gets under their skin more than a Stone-Certain Conservative.
We cannot set our opinions aside, just to make people happy. It may not be "politically correct" for me to say the things I say, but it's the truth of my opinion. I am not saying these things to be vindictive, I am saying these things because my very heart, my very soul and my very being saying that they are true. Faith plays a lot into my life. GOD plays a lot into my life. I pray to God every night, asking him that the American people will see that Homosexuality is one of the most apparent of sins, and we need to eradicate it from the populous, before it becomes even more of a disease.
I may not believe in the lifestyle and philosophy behind Homosexuality, but I do not discriminate against them. I can still be friends with them, but I make sure to tell them that I don't believe in their lifestyle. But I would never say I couldn't be friends with them just because they were Gay. Now THAT is true discrimination.
I think we now live in a time where Conservatives NEED to voice their views on Homosexuality. We may be the minority, be we have our right to speak up about what we feel is wrong in America.
We are the ones who will initiate REAL change by pushing this country back on the moral track, and sending a message to Washington saying that we want the legislation to say thus:
Marriage is to be between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN. No ifs ands or buts!