Churches Dig In, Refuse to Be Dragged Into 20th Century

Today’s Washington Post has an
about three Christian groups who’ve come out and taken a courageous stand against equality, tolerance, and understanding:

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, meeting in Baltimore, declared Tuesday that Catholics who minister to gays must firmly adhere to the church’s teaching that same-sex attractions are "disordered." Catholics with "a homosexual inclination" should be encouraged to live in chastity and discouraged from making "general public announcements" about their sexual orientation, the bishops said.

The largest Baptist group in North Carolina, meanwhile, moved to expel any congregation that condones homosexuality, adopting a policy that allows the Baptist State Convention to investigate complaints that member churches are too "gay-friendly."

And on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a mainline Protestant denomination with about 3 million members, will put a minister on trial for conducting a marriage ceremony for two women.

Now, don’t go thinking that they’re bigots or anything:

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on doctrine, stressed that the tone of the bishops’ statement was intended to be "positive, pastoral and welcoming," even as it compared same-sex attractions to the temptations of "envy, malice or greed."

Asked how he could square those two messages, Serratelli told reporters that "the truth is always welcoming."

(emphasis added)

“The truth is always welcoming”?! I don’t think I’ve seen a more bullshit answer since “If you doubt this is possible, how is it there are PYGMIES + DWARFS??“.

You can read the whole thing if you like, but it comes down to the fact that a lot of churchgoers have figured out that homosexual ≠ pedophile, that gays don’t have cooties, and that maybe the awe-inspiring, majestically transcendent creator of the universe who loves each one of us literally to death doesn’t necessarily give a rat’s ass who’s been doing what with whom in the privacy of the bedroom, so these
now feel the need to come out and say that the nineteenth century suits them just fine, thank you very much.

I don’t care much what people believe, just what they do. These people are to morals what the Amish are to technology, so why can’t they just find themselves a nice little rural area to live in, where the rest of us can visit from time to time and take pictures of the quaint folk who still live the way people did in the age of homophobia?

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