But here’s a quick example of how shoddy the coverage is, this time from the Associated Press:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to make gay minors straight.
There are so many questions I have about this. So many questions not answered in this brief AP report. One might be how this bill handles treatment of minors who have unwanted same-sex attraction. Does this ban affect their treatment options? How so?
In any case, that’s not why I mention the story. Here’s the portion that fails utterly:
In a signing note accompanying the bill obtained by The Associated Press that will be made public Monday, Christie says he believes people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith.
AP preaches this interpretation of Catholic teaching from the pulpit but provides … no substantiation. So we can’t know why AP is making this statement. I’m really curious how in the world that view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith. That church teaches that same-sex attraction is not a sin but that homosexual acts are. And as for people being born gay, a doctrinal view of key importance in the church of sexualityism, neither is that view “inconsistent” with Catholic teaching. The church even puts its teaching on the matter online so AP reporters and others can check.
So again, AP, how is this declaration from on high substantiated?
Having said that, even though the AP happens to be completely wrong in this case, I’m glad that the media outlet is finally interested in when a Catholic official departs from church teaching. I can’t wait to see that prominently mentioned in every story about abortion rights supporters who claim a Catholic identity.