Why people hate people who call themselves Christians UPDATED

I just can't even:So, a server went to pick up a check after restaurant patrons had eaten, and found this message on the bill:"Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD'S love, but none … [Read more...]

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Sorry, *Gay or Straight Friends in Rome*, this is just Rude

Wait, let me get my eyeroll over with, in anticipation of all the people who, knowing nothing about me, will nevertheless descend on this blog screaming "homophobe."Now that that's out of the way, Huffpo Religion did one of their attention-getting tweets about big, bad old Catholicism: LOOK: The photos of gays and lesbians kissing in church that the Vatican doesn't want you to seeAnd then the breathless:Despite Pope Francis' earlier remarks about opening up the Church, the … [Read more...]

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Can Pro-and-Anti Gay Marriage People Co-exist?

Still stuck in my writer's block, the only way I could write a column this week for First Things was to format it as a playlet -- a little one-act thing called "Suitable Recommendations" -- wherein I try (and I have no idea whether I succeed) to showcase a story we're increasingly seeing being played out as gay marriage becomes more common: the business owner whose conscience can't let him or her provide services to a same-sex couple planning a wedding.Gentleman: That’s some religion you’ve … [Read more...]

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Everyday in Every Way the Days are Gay & Gay & Gay

That headline is too cute by half, and I know it, but given all the First Things columns I've written trying to wonder-out and puzzle-out and anticipate the subject of Modern Concepts in Sexuality (and where and how the Catholic Church's teachings soar or fall flat, largely depending upon how they are taught), and the recent Supreme Court DOMA decision, it does seem like for any story I read -- about anything -- I read five touching on an aspect of homosexuality and faith, and most especially, … [Read more...]

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Antonin the Antagonist and the Politics of the Bad People! – UPDATED

My First Things column this week looks at the surprising way the words "liberal" and "illiberal" have been lately represented by the Supreme Court via the recent DOMA ruling, which found Justice Kennedy playing the over-simplifying Mike Stivic to Antonin Scalia's blustering Archie Bunker. It wonders, too how long it will be, before the nation is reduced to the least complex of ideas: the good people versus the bad ones:Often referred to as the “most conservative” of the Supreme Court jur … [Read more...]

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Obama says Church Consciences will Be Respected? – UPDATE

That would be surprising! Refreshing, too!Says Obama, today:On an issue as sensitive as [gay marriagte], knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.This from the man who said, during his Comme … [Read more...]

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Thoughts on DOMA and a Reaction Roundup! – UPDATES

My First Thought on hearing the big news might surprise you:In other words, "Keep Calm and Catholic On". In terms of pure law, DOMA was unconstitutional and was not surprisingly struck down.Seriously, though, I have nothing more to say on the DOMA story than I already laid out, here, and the Gay Marriage angle only solidifies it: Civil unions (which I support) will not be enough. I suspect the churches to quickly be expected to conform to the zeitgeist or (first) lose tax-exempt … [Read more...]

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If Mom didn’t say we couldn’t…I guess we can!

That's adolescent reasoning, and of course, dishonest, but it's also the reasoning meant to buttress up the case for gay marriage, except instead of "Mom", the non-prohibitor is Christ Jesus, and I'm writing about it at First Things:...we are told by Jimmy Carter, Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly and others that if you look in the Bible, “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality or gay marriage.”Of course, in chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel Jesus states definitively that divorce cannot exi … [Read more...]

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“The Church challenges all its members, in different ways over different issues.” Just like Life Itself

Two great reads for you as I head out to Adoration:1) Sister Mary Ann Walsh hits a homerun as she observes the media going batshit crazy over basic Church teaching as though it's all brand-new: It amazes me when basic church teaching is received as if it were somethig brand new. This morning's New York Times brought the latest example with the headline: "Dolan Says the Catholic Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gay People." A glance at other media outlets finds similar news accounts. From … [Read more...]

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Elizabeth Scalia: Intrinsically Disordered Human Being

So, basically, I realized something about myself over the last few days, and over at First Things I'm just putting it out there, because, why not?I yam what I yam:Up to now I have done a very poor job of dealing with it, largely because until that moment of clarity, I had not recognized the disorder. Like most same-sex attracted persons, I had thought of my battles and defeats in terms of weakness, shame; discipline, programming, and willpower; there was no connection to the … [Read more...]

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