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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Enough of this!

Two disturbing news bits from Washington DC .......

From America magazine's blog -

Georgetown Confronts Hate Crimes

Here's the story from the Washington Post:

For the second time in a week, a Georgetown University student has reported being attacked and called an anti-gay slur while walking near campus, prompting yet another student gathering Monday evening to show support for the victims."A lot of people are really hurt and are trying to figure out what the next step is," said Robert Byrne, a Georgetown junior who organized Monday's Vigil Against Assault. "We want to use this time as a healing moment and to express solidarity with the victims." Attendees estimated that at least 100 students, staff members and others gathered in the middle of campus on a chilly night, listening to a university vice president and representatives from several student organizations....On Friday, about 50 Georgetown students rallied on campus to show solidarity for another victim of an anti-gay assault. A female student was walking on Canal Road near the entrance to Georgetown's campus about 9 p.m. last Tuesday when she was confronted by two white men in their late 20s. The men shouted anti-gay insults at the student, who was wearing a gay rights T-shirt, according to campus police. The assailants grabbed her book bag, pushed her to the ground and hit her with the bag.

More here.

In response, the University sent out this email, which was posted on the Vox Populi blog, the blog of the Georgetown Voice.

As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we are committed to fostering a community that is welcoming to all and values understanding, tolerance, inclusion and respect. Over the past week, we have seen several incidents take place on or near campus that are especially troubling because they have targeted members of our community with homophobic language and disrespect. Two incidents were off campus assaults and today a written slur was posted on the door of the LGBTQ Resource Center. These acts are unacceptable. We take these incidents and the safety of our campus community very seriously and are taking steps to address the needs of our students at this time.

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And from a post at the Episcopal Cafe -

DC Archdiocese opposes same sex marriage law

Catholic News Agency reports that changes in DC law to allow same sex couples to marry could cause the Roman Catholic Archdiocese to cease services that are now provided to the poor. Is this a threat?

Representatives of the archdiocese spoke at an Oct. 26 hearing before the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. They argued that the law would endanger Catholic services to the general public.

In written testimony, the archdiocese opposed the legislation and “any effort to redefine marriage as any other than that between a man and a woman.” The archdiocese voiced “deep concerns” that the bill would restrict religious freedom if it is passed as drafted.

To continue the archdiocese’s service to the poor of the District of Columbia, the archdiocese testified, a “meaningful” religious exemption is needed to ensure that the government “will not suppress its religious exercise in such a way.”


Read more here.

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My feelings? I quote below (and agree with) one of the comments made to the post from America magazine's blog ......

If the RCC is against the LGBT communities being themselves; if they continue to parrot “intrinsically disordered” and then are shocked (shocked I say!) where that little “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” expression is interpreted by the masses to mean evil, sinful, despicable and worthy of active resistance in the political, emotional and physical arenas; then it cannot cloak itself in the mantle of “we are simply defending our beliefs.” If what is sown reaps violence, hate and oppression, then take a look at what is being sown and discern if there might be something wrong in that method, message and/or intention.
Or, to put it another way: enough of this.
- Jim McCrea


6 Comments:

Blogger Mike L said...

I have yet to figure out why same-sex marriages would be a threat to my marriage. I so see a threat to the hetrosexual marriage in which one partner is gay, in that it might tempt that person to move on. On the other hand I have seen the destruction that occurs when a gay tries to participate in a hetrosexual marriage. The damage to both partners and any children they might have is truly awesome.

What truly bothers me is that the Church is spending so much effort and money to influence something political outside of the Church, and ignoring the crises that marriage among It's own people face. It seems to me that the money and effort could be much better spent on promoting good and healthy marriages within the Church.

My wife and I are team members for Marriage Encounter, trying to make good marriages better. The program is suffering greatly from lack of support from the Church. Priests in general are "too busy" to find out anything about it, and very few will even announce it from the pulpit, much less promote it.

The Church may proclaim that marriage is modeled on the relationship of Christ with His Church, but when push comes to shove, it is all about sex and reproduction, not about love and spiritual relationships. Let's face it, the Church's ideas concerning marriage come from a time when women were basically property, and marriages were arranged to cement alliances or produce heirs to inherit property. And I am not sure that it wasn't quietly assumed that the man would find a mistress to love and care for.

Does one really wonder why Catholic marriages have dropped by 50% over the last couple of years? Can one see why almost 1/2 of all children are now born to single mothers? Is there a reason co-habitation is increasing? Certainly the Church is a driving force in co-habitation by 5% or so of the population.

I understand that the Church will not recognize a same-sex marriage as being sacramental, but to object to a legal agreement seems to me to be absurd. After all, they have no problem with marriages where the people are not baptized and therefor not sacramental. It seems to me that the Church is actually weakening marriage rather than strengthening it.

I think prayers are greatly needed.

Hugs,

Mike L

8:41 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Great comment, Mike. I agree with all you wrote.

12:29 PM  
Blogger victor said...

With all due respect Mike, that's a great comment if you're in support of same-sex-marriages but call me crazy but Spiritual sinner vic will put his life on the line when "IT" comes to defending what "Jesus" has never approved of which includes "The Blessed Trinity" and there I say that the majority of all spiritual soldiers who died in the pass agree with our Lord and Savior that marriage is between a Man and a Woman only.

The forces have been working on me lately for my stand and to make a long story short, I've been very sick lately where I could barely get UP in the morning but I got UP on my knees and believe "IT" or not, God gave me the strength to continue.

I'll close by saying that I've heard that Jesus said in so many words to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.

I agree that on many occasions that I can be my own worst enemy but between you and me, "IT" is not Victor of The Flesh that we must worry about, "IT" is sinner vic spiritual cells who are so tired of people trying to put Words in God's mouth including myself.

He created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve in the beginning. God is all Love willing to give U>S all a white dress and we are all sinners and many make excuse not to go to our Kings Party and "IT" is hard to believe that some would sooner follow Eternal damnation then follow God's Word.

As usual, we'll have to agree to disagree and I know that none of you really hate me and if some do, well that's God's Angels problem and He'll deal with sinner vic and his cell flesh the way His
Good Lord sees fit.

I could go on and on but I'll close by say:
Let's pray that "The Invisible Alien god cells" soon learn to follow what is true in our best interest for the sake of all Human and Animal flesh.

Two or more wrongs will never make "ONE" right. God is Love and sinners have always been slaves to sin.

God Bless,

P.S. crystal, your next post certainly does have an attractive interesting photo.

Peace

7:31 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Victor,

I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well - hope you feel better.

Yes, we have to agree to disagree on this issue, but no hating is happening.

1:26 AM  
Blogger victor said...

Thank you crystal for your warm comment of concern.

Don't worry about "IT" crystal cause we've all got free will and believe "IT" or not, every cell has the potential to receive their own kingdom during Eternity.

As long as we don't hate each other I can't see where God's Angels won't be able to help U>S out.

God Bless,

Peace

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