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Liberal intolerance

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By John Barnhart

    The situation the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D. C. may face shows the extent that liberal politicians will go to shove the homosexual agenda down our throats.

    Members of the Washington D. C. City Council are considering an ordinance that would legalize same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital. The ordinance goes beyond putting a government stamp of approval on these sort of couplings and this creates a problem for the Archdiocese of Washington.

    The city contracts with the Archdiocese for certain social services, as it has done for a century. Under the proposed ordinance, Catholic Charities would be required to place children with same-sex couples or provide the same employee benefits to such homosexual pairings that it normally provides to married couples. The Catholic Church, as all orthodox Christian churches have down through the centuries, teaches that homosexual behavior is a sexual sin, just as it teaches that fornication and adultery are sexual sins. Because of this, the Archdiocese has notified City Council that it will have to cancel its social services contracts with the city if this ordinance is passed as it will not be able to comply with the law’s demands.

    This isn’t a threat. It’s not an effort by the Catholic Church to write laws. Catholic Charities won’t be abandoning the city, either. The Archdiocese is just informing the city that it can’t in good conscience obey that law and, therefore, can’t continue providing social services under city contract.

    One example of these services, which Archbishop Donald Wuerl cited in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Nov. 17, is an apartment complex for low income people that is being built on Catholic Church owned land and being developed by Catholic Charities with funding sources that include the city government. The new ordinance would end such public-private partnerships.

    “The District requires Catholic Charities to certify its compliance with city laws when applying for contracts and grants,” Archbishop Wuerl wrote. “This includes contracts for homeless services, mental health services, foster care and more. Since Catholic Charities cannot comply with city mandates to recognize and promote same-sex marriages, the city would withhold contracts and licenses.”

    Archbishop Wuerl wrote that all he is asking is that language be written into the ordinance that would protect people from being required to take actions that are contrary to their faith, including in employment policies, adoption policies and foster-care decisions.

    Washington’s city council will have none of it.

    This is a sample of what we can expect as those who are pushing the homosexual agenda want more than tolerance for homosexual behavior.

    On November 18, President Barack Obama signed a hate crimes bill, which includes sexual orientation, into law that liberals passed though Congress by attaching it to the defense appropriations bill. A number of pastors and leaders of Christian organizations held a protest outside Justice Department offices. They protested because they see this bill as the greatest threat to religious free speech that America has ever seen.

    They are right. This legislation carries the potential to criminalize any speech that criticizes homosexual behavior. As is obvious from Washington’s treatment of the Archdiocese of Washington, people who believe homosexual behavior is wrong can expect no tolerance. Liberals are determined to coerce us into agreement with them, or at least into silence.