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Four Ways that Same-Sex Marriage Will Affect You

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, a comedy website (which shall remain unnamed and unlinked-to) offered readers a “Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You," the monotonous shtick of which was that, unless you are a homosexual who wished to marry, it doesn’t. Are you straight? Married? Religious? “This decision does not affect you in any way."

Certainly nothing new or surprising about the assertion that “gay marriage won’t affect you." Who among us hasn’t heard that?

What does surprise me is how folks on the political and moral Left can pretend that when it comes to sex every man is an island, while in most every other area they are so quick to see far-reaching social ripple effects from personal actions.

Think about it. Environmentalists want us to “think globally, act locally," because, apparently, drinking from a styrofoam cup vaporizes the rain forest and eating a can of Star-Kist slaughters a family of dolphins. Others tell us to “live simply that others may simply live," the implication being that my luxury is the distant cause of someone else’s poverty. And if former president Carter is to be believed, theCatholic Church’s failure to ordain women to the priesthood has led to all manner of economic and institutional discrimination against them.

Why is it, then, that sex is something that never goes beyond the bedroom? How can these same people, ordinarily so attuned to the interconnectedness of things, state so blithely, “This decision does not affect you in any way"?

This is a favorite challenge of same-sex marriage (SSM) advocates, first, because it does a handy end-run around the argument. Rather than inviting a needed discussion about the meaning of sex and marriage or about the role of the state in regulating them, it shuts down discussion by framing the whole question not in terms of principle but of consequences.

Secondly, because it implies that our motive is nothing more than moral busybodyism—a variation on Mencken’s definition of Puritanism as the fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time.

So I think it’s important, as the SSM train rolls on and its supporters become bolder, for defenders of traditional marriage to be able to offer cogent answers to that challenge. Here are four:

1. Ideas have consequences.

This is the first and most general response we might make. Culture, in which we all participate and by which we’re all affected, is the sum total of the ideas that shape it. The power of those ideas, and their shaping, is proportionate to the number and importance of the cultural categories they affect.

Sex, marriage, children, familial relationships: These things are the most pervasive cultural categories in human history. One doesn’t have to postulate great leaps of causality to see that rapid and radical changes in these areas affect everyone. Western culture as we know it is built on thousands of years of viewing marriage, sex, and family life in certain ways. To say that we can redefine those views and not change the culture is just silly, or else willfully naïve.

2. We all have to live in the world that SSM will create.

Same-sex marriage is not a mere tweak to a few lines of marriage law: It is a codified endorsement of homosexuality. Since the law is a teacher, this endorsement has the effect of confirming in their disorder people suffering from same-sex attraction and removing the stigmas that might have checked others from fully giving themselves over to it. Indeed, considering the low percentages of homosexual couples actually tying the knot in places where SSM has been legalized, and the disdain for marriage reflected in the writings of prominent gay activists and scholars, it’s not a stretch to say that this endorsement—not tax breaks or hospital visitation rights or any other practical benefit of actually getting married—is the primary goal of SSM advocacy.

All this matters because we believe people with same-sex attraction are profoundly wounded and in need of healing. When by power of law the state applauds woundedness, deepens it; when it creates conditions that will increase the numbers of wounded; when it prioritizes making the wounded into adoptive parents, giving them leadership positions in government, education, religion, and the military, and lionizing their condition in public observances, school curricula, and the media—how does this not profoundly affect life for the rest of us?

If culture is the sum of the ideas that shape it, our experience of that culture is the product of the health, virtue, and integrity of the other people who inhabit it.

3. “Error has no rights.”

SSM’s definitive endorsement of homosexuality will have a thousand legal ripple effects. We will need to rewrite family law and develop new speech codes to do it. As artificial reproductive technologies mature we will have to recognize legal parenting arrangements comprising virtually any number of persons and gender combinations. While we’re at it, we’ll need some new genders, too.

You’d think that sorting through all that would be enough trouble, but the law—both in civil/criminal statutes and in the policies of organizations and employers—will also have to occupy itself with quashing dissent from the new paradigm. And that affects . . . you.

Don’t want to attend a gay pride celebration in your office? You will be fired. Don’t want to rent a room in your B&B to a homosexual couple, or bake a cake for a gay wedding? Agree to service a gay wedding but just want to say your peace about traditional marriage? You’re going to jail, or at least getting slapped with a big fine.

In my experience, more and more proponents of SSM are changing their tune on this objection, from denying that such coercion could ever happen to saying that it could—and should. Shouldn’t you be fired for being a neo-Nazi? Wouldn’t it be wrong to deny a hotel room to a mixed-race couple? Homosexuality is a civil right, and being wrong about it is not.

4. Catholicism and gay rights are incompatible.

At present the Church, and all Christians of a traditional sort, coexist in a false and uneasy truce with the sexual revolution. There has always been sin in the world, of course, and Christianity and sin are always incompatible, but increasingly our world is one of sin normalized, institutionalized, made official. Think of the almost unbearable moral contradiction baked into abortion law, for instance. And of the inescapable conclusion that what the state says about abortion falsifies Catholicism.

Same-sex marriage, I think, will magnify this tension, perhaps to a point where it can no longer be smoothed over or ignored. The state and the culture say two persons of the same sex can marry; the Church says they can’t. This condition can’t endure. The Church’s position is just too great an obstacle—an insult—to the sexual liberation project, of which homosexuality has become the popular symbol.

So, you might ask, when the state and all the force of law say that our religion is false, that it is in fact bigoted, isn’t there a teensy chance it will affect us in some way? We don’t have to make wild predictions here—we just have to look at recent precedent. Viewed in the context of the fight against the HHS mandate and the state’s accompanying argument that religious freedom is really nothing more than “freedom of worship," it seems clear enough that the logical terminus of legalized same-sex marriage is the forced relocation of Catholics to the closet—or the catacombs.

By Todd Aglialoro









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18 comments

  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Your argument is based on the argument from antiquity fallacy. Just because something has always been accepted does not make it right. The Catholic Church, and all conservative Christian denominations, are stuck in their dogma over sex. Modern science reveals the truth about sexuality, in that one’s sex and gender fall on continuums and are not binary. If your argument is about the negative societal consequences of the changing attitudes over sex and gender, I offer one of my recent blog posts to support the contention that this fear is unwarranted. https://understandrealitythroughscience.blogspot.com/2016/06/is-shedding-of-so-called-family-values.html

  2. Tomas Munoz Munoz Reply

    Tom Rafferty, whenever you or your partner give birth to a baby ( I assume both are men) then Catholic church and all christians will be wrong about everything they have said about gay couple ( this apply for lesbians). There are too many straight couples who unfortunately are infertile and are waiting adopt an orphan child, so don’t worry about those children.this is not about being stuck in a old dogmas is about human nature and if can understand the difference you might be very affected.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      This comment was not directed to me, but to assume that because one supports equality for LGBTs, does not mean that one is not straight. Some people are actually civilized.

  3. Patrick Gannon Reply

    1. Culture. Ideas do have consequences, and the Abrahamic religions gave us cultures that embraced slavery, racism, sexism and genocidal war as the best way to solve disputes. Yes, there was disruption in the culture when the Church was overcome and slavery was ended. Yes there was disruption when women were allowed to own property and vote. Yes there will be a disruption in the culture as we continue to provide equality to all humans and not to just those the Church deems to be worthy. We’ll get over it, but will the RCC get over it? So far, it’s managed to adapt and embrace many of the changes it worked hard to prevent, but can it do so with gay marriage?
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    2. Here we have an organization of celibate, virgin males who dress in robes calling other people “disordered.” I can think of few examples in nature of celibate males living like this except loser lions that could not get mates. Why aren’t the clergy “disordered” given that they are unnatural? As a kid, I was never abused by a priest, but it always felt very unnatural to go into a dark closet next to one. They were not “normal” people, and I was not comfortable around them – even though I foolishly believed every word they told me. Perhaps it is the clergy who are “profoundly wounded and in need of healing.” After all, at some level, they knew enough to remove themselves from the gene pool. If LGBTQs are “disordered” then so are Catholic clergy.
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    3. See number 1. We had to make it possible for blacks and women to vote, to integrate our society, to make provisions for disabled people, etc.. We can handle the minor issues the author raises. Businesses learned to deal with providing services to other races – they will learn to deal with providing services to people with different sexual preferences. The alternative – going back to the Bronze and Iron Age, needs to be taken off the table.
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    4. If the RCC wants to turn it into a war, rather than adapt as it has in the past, then so be it. Gloves off. Let’s get it on. Slaying evil dragons is a worthy cause. The RCC is unlikely to win, because human evolution, culture and society, seem to be drawing us to greater equality when it comes to human rights, and the RCC is, once again, on the wrong side of that history.
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    I’ve heard better “whines” from children. Get over yourself, Todd. I assume that you understand that when you speak about gay people as disordered, profoundly wounded, and unworthy of being equals you are helping to guide and pull the trigger when others, inculcated with your words, commit acts such as the one in Orlando recently. The lack of a decent respite following that massacre, before diving right into anti-LGBT articles shows just how little compassion the Church has for fellow human beings. Nobody is forcing Catholics into closets or catacombs, (boo hoo – major whine) but if you want to go there until you can learn to be civilized, please don’t let the door hit you in the back on your way out.

  4. Ed Lim Reply

    Mr. Tom Rafferty: Sex is not about antiquity fallacy or not binary. Sex is about penis and vagina, sperm and human egg, Man’s production of sperm and woman’s child reproductive womb. The word “sex” defines the anatomy of a human being, opposite and complimentary. It has been that way since humanity, made up of male and female, came about. Natural love develops from the attraction between opposite sex. This is the natural norm. Deviation from this natural norm is a perversion and an offensive and disgusting perception to the natural human structure and behavior, and therefore, perceive to be immoral, by the great majority of humanity. Few may tend to agree with homosexuality and SSM, but these people are usually marginal Christians and atheists. The Christian dogma is analogous to a nation’s Constitution and should not be mocked and despised.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Yes and slaves was once treated by the Church, the same way it now treats gays. If a nation’s Constitution calls upon its members to exercise bigotry, prejudice and hatred towards certain individuals, then by all means it should be mocked and despised.

      1. just a guy Reply

        Please grace us with your knowledge of the Catholic Church’s position on slavery so we can gauge your expertise. As far as Homosexuals and the Church you may want to actually check the facts. the Catholic Church position on Homosexuals is exactly the same for divorced (single males and females) and unmarried men and women no matter who they are attracted to. No sex outside of marriage. (also called disordered by the way…along with may other behaviors, using terms from times documents were created (like pray meaning ask, which is how the word is still used in legal documents in this country today. “we pray the court”) You can disagree with the no sex outside of marriage stance but you can’t change facts… Noticed you are an ex Catholic. I wonder what else you think the Church stands for that is not accurate.

        (grammar note Patrick, plural noun = were not was, Slaves were, He was. just so no one mocks you)

        It is also interesting that you believe only your definitions are acceptable. Not very tolerant are we after all? Tolerant only of those who share your views. Webster calls you a Bigot… Hmmm

        Bigot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

        1. Tom Rafferty Reply

          Why do you accept what the Catholic Church teaches? I would be glad to interact with you, but please, only if you will respect me as I will respect you. Then again, every theist I have ever interacted with me had ended the conversation after I ask probing questions. This is my first question to you. Thanks.

        2. Patrick Gannon Reply

          Slavery: It was not until 1965 the Second Vatican Council declared that forced slavery was an infamy that dishonored the Creator and was a poison in society. Not till 1965!!! The god of the OT condoned slavery and provided rules for it, such as how hard you could beat your slaves. Is or is not Catholicism descendent from the OT texts? Does the RCC disavow the old texts? Even the NT told slaves to obey their masters. The Church has had a long history with slavery, including Jesuits who owned slaves themselves and slavery was even incorporated into Canon law at various times.
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          Did you notice that the pope himself said in the last day or two that Catholics and other Christians not only must apologise to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against gay people or fostered hostility toward them?
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          Now, I expect within a day or two we’ll have an article here that tells us the pope didn’t mean what he said. Seems anytime he says something positive, it ends up not being well received by those in his Church who want to pull us back to the Iron Ages.
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          Yes, the RCC’s position on sex outside marriage is the same as on homosexual relations, but you don’t see Donahue from the Catholic League talking about that; you don’t get article after article in this and other Catholic forums damning adultery, like you do for homosexuality. There’s a clear and present hostility to gays that emanates from the Catholic Church and the fundagelicals, that only a deaf, dumb and blind person could miss.

          Yeah – I know about the grammar mistake. Saw it right after I posted, but unlike FB, there’s no way to go back and edit. I’ll take the ding for that, as my girlfriend gave me one of those “Grammar Police” T-shirts based on my frequent corrections of her grammar. Thank you for keeping score. (I don’t stoop to point out such errors to believers unless the error is pertinent to the discussion).
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          Am I a bigot? Hmm. I find it difficult to fully respect any human who would worship a being that would send anyone for any reason, to eternal torment in a pool of actual fire. Is lack of respect the same thing as bigotry? I have no choice but to tolerate religion – it’s a religious country and we have a Constitution that requires it. I think it’s time we became less tolerant of religion, though; hence my presence in forums like this.

  5. RSB Reply

    The Catholic Church is not the only faith that is against homosexual activity. Judaism, Buddhism, etc. The Church only speaks out because it is a morality issue that has gain more attention than in the past. Also, please read ALL of the script the Pope says and not excerpts from main stream media. In addition, the Church does speak out to heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage. Matter of fact, there are plenty of Catholic ministries assigned to do just that – to help those experience the grace, peace, and joy of chastity. There is even a ministry to help homosexuals who have hit rock bottom and want help (courage.org). See testimonies on documentary film, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills”. One last thing. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in caring for AIDS patients in the world. So they are there to care for the people who misused their sexuality and not abandon them.

  6. RSB Reply

    The Catholic Church is not the only faith that is against homosexual activity. Judaism, Buddhism, Islamism etc. The Church speaks out publicly because it has the courage to do so due to it being a morality issue that has gain more attention than in the past. Also, please read ALL of the script the Pope says and not excerpts from main stream media. In addition, the Church does speak out to heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage. Matter of fact, there are plenty of Catholic ministries assigned to do just that – to help those experience the grace, peace, and joy of chastity. There is even a ministry to help homosexuals who have hit rock bottom and want help (courage.org). See testimonies on documentary film, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills”. One last thing. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in caring for AIDS patients in the world. So they are there to care for the people who misused their sexuality and not abandon them.

  7. Ronnie Buda (@rsjb63) Reply

    The Catholic Church is not the only faith that is against homosexual activity. Judaism, Buddhism, Islamism etc. The Church speaks out publicly because it has the courage to do so due to it being a morality issue that has gain more attention than in the past. Also, please read ALL of the script the Pope says and not excerpts from main stream media. In addition, the Church does speak out to heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage. Matter of fact, there are plenty of Catholic ministries assigned to do just that – to help those experience the grace, peace, and joy of chastity. There is even a ministry to help homosexuals who have hit rock bottom and want help (courage.org). See testimonies on documentary film, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills”. One last thing. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in caring for AIDS patients in the world. So they are there to care for the people who misused their sexuality and not abandon them.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      It is true that the Abrahamic religions oppose homosexuality, but this is not necessarily true for Buddhism. Early Buddhist tradition acknowledges same sex behavior without making any judgements, so long as sexual activities don’t hurt anyone. Later traditions, such as the Dalai Lama, have been influenced by the Abrahamic religions apparently, and have embraced the same manic and obsessive attitudes towards sex as other Abrahamic religions. The Church does speak out, and in so doing it demonizes gays, using words such as”depraved” and “disordered” when a collection of celibate, virgin males dressed in robes is what strikes me as “disordered,” and we certainly know that a number of them are depraved! There is homosexual sex in nature, but the only groups of celibate virgin males that I’m aware of are lions that can’t get mates, and thus don’t pass on their genes – which fortunately applies to celibate clergy as well.
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      We all know that there isn’t nearly as much vitriol towards adultery from the Church, as there is towards homosexuality. This forum constantly has articles lambasting the LGBT community in one way or another. That excuse doesn’t fly, and it doesn’t matter. The RCC and other Abrahamic religionists who have demonized LGBT’s helped pull the trigger in Orlando by creating the attitudes and prejudices that provoked this and other attacks on “the other.”
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      The RCC does not get credit for helping AIDs victims. You don’t get credit for being a firefighter when you start the fire and throw kerosene on it again and again and again. The RCC’s stance on contraception contributes to the misery of these patients. There is such a simple solution, but the RCC would rather see people suffer, and the hypocrisy of pretending to show compassion to those it wounded in the first place – that’s just diabolical.

      1. Ronnie Buda (@rsjb63) Reply

        Seriously Patrick! Comparing the Church to firefighters to starting the fire against the homosexual AIDS crisis? The Church has done nothing but preach chastity for heterosexuals/homosexuals as it states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2237). If a person practices or better yet, conforms to chastity, you wouldn’t have AIDS, 60+ sexual diseases, divorces, selfish desires for another person, etc. It is also amazing how you troll this Catholic site to say it post nothing but LGBT issues. Let me make a suggestion, try trolling EWTN site or better yet, phone in to “Call into Communion” broadcast to get your questions answered by professionals on all subjects instead of trying to look like some intellectual hero on this site.

        1. Patrick Gannon Reply

          Human beings evolved a strong sexual drive as a way to survive. Without it, given the high death rates of our primitive ancestors particularly children, we surely would have died out. Human population remained stable for tens and even hundreds of thousands of years, and only exploded when we learned about germs and sanitation – something Jesus failed to share with us, thereby failing to prevent the miserable deaths of millions of people for nearly 2000 years! Now, our population is exploding. In my lifetime alone, it went from 2.5 billion to 7+billion, and I’m not dead yet. That’s unsustainable, and this evolutionary development is going to cause our extinction if we don’t take advantage of another evolutionary benefit that it seems only humans evolved – and that’s the ability to manage our own future evolution. We can’t wait tens of thousands of years for our sex urges to diminish, but we have the methods to control the inevitable result of that sex drive – and yet the RCC would prefer to see us go miserably and painfully, or perhaps like the evangelicals, to go catastrophically into extinction, rather than leverage the positive things we evolved, like intellect.
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          Will the RCC change its tune when the next generation of Catholics emerge like that shrunken headed guy on the old movie “Beetlejuice?” Zika may be our salvation. The people in the poorest sections of the world, are required to have the largest families, under penalty of eternal torment if they use contraception. Google to find out how many children died while you were reading this. As it turns out, these regions are the same places where Zika is growing. When the Church forces women to have shrunken headed, disabled and dying babies simply because their manic Iron Age obsession with sex requires it, the world may finally turn en masse on the RCC, as it turned on Apartheid in S. Africa, and insist on an end to the lunacy.
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          You worship this god who creates you broken and insists you be fixed, but this can only happen by believing, saying and doing the right things, without the benefit of a shred of objective evidence; hence you have no way to know if the Muslims, the Hindus, the Baptists, the Catholics, the JWs, or none of them got it right. You just don’t know; so stop telling other people how they should live their lives in guilt and shame because you worship a perverted god who obsesses over what His creation does without their clothes on. In this whole magnificent universe, the Creator has nothing better to do than sit and update Excel spreadsheets keeping track of how and with whom His creation is having sex, so that He can torture some of them for eternity, though they live here but a handful of decades. Who could worship such a pathetic and vicious god?
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          Note that I did not say this site posts “nothing but LGBT issues.” It posts a lot of articles on this subject, and I know that, because I frequently comment on them. What I said was, “This forum constantly has articles lambasting the LGBT community in one way or another.” I will accept changing the word “constantly” to “frequently” or “regularly” if it makes you feel better. There are plenty of other issues that warrant a counter-point. The RCC only tells you what they want you to know, and the real story is so much more than that!

          1. Ronnie Buda (@rsjb63)

            Wow. It seems you have really been abused in one way or another towards God. I’m sorry to feel that in your responses. God created us good. But he gave us freewill to love him or reject him. But we humans tend toward sin because it makes us feel good. Because something “feels” good doesn’t mean it IS good. He also gave us a gift of reason and a heart towards His goodness. Humanity has always blamed our sin/guilt on something else. If we sin, we like to either hide it or rationalize it and blame it on someone/something else (been that way even in Genesis). God sees all this and gives us a way out of this slavery to sin…a Savior Jesus Christ, to be crucified for our sins, and provide a path to righteousness and eternity in heaven. And humans still reject this. Pitiful. At that point of rejection, it is best to call on the Holy Spirit of God to awaken your senses. You were once blind, and now you can see – Amazing Grace.

          2. Patrick Gannon

            I was raised Catholic, so of course I was psychologically abused by my childhood indoctrination, like millions of others. It was those of us who believed it the most as kids, who seem to have been the most hurt by it.
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            If God created us good, then why is baptism required? Without baptism we go to Hell, along with all the aborted and miscarried babies that weren’t baptized, and all the other 5 billion people, currently living, who weren’t baptized. Hell is going to be a crowded place – but which Hell? There are four of them after all (Sheol, Gehenna, Hades and Tartarus). Haven’t you heard of “original sin?” The RCC is very clear in pointing out that we were born broken. There’s no question of this.
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            What kind of free will do we have? If God knows in advance that I am going to Hell, how do I have the free will to change that which your god already knows? And what kind of free will is extortion? When the mafia goon walks into your shop and says, give me 15% of your proceeds or I’ll shoot your knee out, are you exercising free will in paying the mobster? Are you “choosing” to have your knee shot out by not paying him? Are you “choosing” to go to Hell for eternal (actually the original word meant ‘of an age’ which implies an end) torment if you don’t believe, say and do the right things with regard to Jesus? Isn’t that just simple extortion? What makes Jesus any better than the mobster in this case of extortion?
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            You say we tend towards sin because it makes us feel good, but who gets to decide what “sin” is? Do you know the original word is an archery term that means to ‘fall short of the target?’ I like to help teach kids karate because it makes me feel good, and just because something feels good, does not mean that it ISN’T good, either. Whether something is good or bad, is probably most simply determined by whether it causes harm. You suggest He gave us a gift of reason, yet the RCC does all that it can to keep us from exercising that reason, because reason tells us that there is no justification for much of the Bronze and Iron Age doctrine and dogma. Reason tells us that you are actually correct and the RCC is wrong. Reason tells us we are born good, or at least neutral, because there is no such thing as original sin. Reason is probably the greatest enemy of faith.
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            There is no need to believe, say and do the right things with regard to Jesus, because there was no original sin. Paul and Jesus did not know about evolution, cosmology, plate tectonics, archaeology, carbon dating, physics, biology and a host of other things that have destroyed the foundation for Yahweh’s existence (no six day creation, no global flood, no mass Exodus from Egypt, and no Conquest of Canaan – there is no evidence for any of these things and much evidence to the contrary). DNA has essentially washed out the foundation for original sin, which was invented by Paul and Augustine, and not by Jesus. Note that Jesus, if He was really God, had to have known that He was going to be resurrected, so what kind of sacrifice was it really? In Mark and Matthew, Jesus suffers, but not so much in Luke. He chats up the guards and shows little indication of suffering. If Jesus was really God, would He really suffer? Easy enough to turn it off for a god! Given that an all-knowing being would know in advance that he wasn’t really going to die, it can only be a symbolic blood sacrifice, required I guess, because Yahweh was tiring of the smell of burnt meat, which He had previously found to be so pleasing.
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            According to the RCC, Yahweh apparently had the ability to create Mary without original sin. That tells us that the rigamarole He went through with the whole virgin thing (actually the original word in Isaiah meant “young maiden”), was unnecessary, and in all likelihood a complete fabrication based on all the apocalyptic activity at the time that went back to a prophecy in Jeremiah that failed to materialize, and to which Daniel blew new prophetic life – but which still failed, because we’re still here.
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            Rather than getting upset by this, I don’t understand why believers don’t celebrate. There’s no need for all the unnecessary guilt, shame and fear. It just isn’t necessary. You can be joyful. Nothing is sinful – only harmful to other people – for which there are, and should be, consequences. An all-powerful god can’t be hurt by sin or anything else, and an all-good god would never send anyone to eternal torment. If indeed your god exists, and is all-good and all-powerful (a contradiction actually – He can’t be both), then the RCC got Him all-wrong. If they didn’t get Him wrong, then He’s neither good nor all-powerful, and could be a force to be feared if He really existed – but definitely not worshipped.

  8. Ronnie Buda (@rsjb63) Reply

    The Catholic Church is not the only faith that is against homosexual activity. Judaism, Buddhism, Islamism etc. The Church speaks out publicly because it has the courage to do so due to it being a morality issue that has gain more attention than in the past. For those picking on the Pope, please read ALL of the script the Pope says and not excerpts from main stream media. In addition, the Church does speak out to heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage. Matter of fact, there are plenty of Catholic ministries assigned to do just that – to help those experience the grace, peace, and joy of chastity. There is even a ministry to help homosexuals who have hit rock bottom and want help (courage.org). See testimonies on documentary film, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills”. One last thing. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in caring for AIDS patients in the world. So they are there to care for the people who misused their sexuality and not abandon them.

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