You have seen the feeble attempt of some defenders of homosexual acts to equate the efforts of those who want unnatural “unions” to be recognize in law as if they were marriages with the civil rights racial efforts of the 60′s. There is no moral equivalence. Don’t be taken in by that sort of argument and watch for it to be used often in the months to come.
Especially in Minnesota.
In Minnesota an amendment to the state constitution has been proposed which would define and defend proper and true marriage. When the weather warms up again watch for St. Paul, Minnesota to become ground zero for this issue just as Madison, Wisconsin was for the labor/union dispute was last spring. Activists from around the country will start showing up in Minnesota to create havoc and muddy the waters of the debate and promote the defeat of the amendment.
The Catholic bishops of the Minnesota Catholic Conference have rightly offered strong support of the amendment. They have also begun an effort to promote grassroots support for this amendment. Watch for the bishops to be vilified in the press and then betrayed by those who should be their allies.
Quite a few of my fellow Minnesotans have sent notes about a silly letter written to the Minnesota Catholic Conference by a retired Lutheran bishop and head of the liberal ELCA.
Over at CMR we find a pretty good summation of the letter and circumstances surrounding it.
Before reading this, however, you may recall that when a large group of Lutherans met in Minneapolis for a confab and approved homosexual unions, lightening struck the steeple of the church where they were meeting and knock the Cross off the top.
Dying Lutheranism Wants To Kill Catholic Church
Lutheranism is dead, or at least soon will be and it wants to take the Catholic Church with it.
Herbert W. Chilstrom is former presiding bishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Chilstrom has written an open letter to the Bishops of Minnesota asking them to accept gay ‘marriage’ becuase gays are like blacks or something.
May I share a word with all of you who now lead the Roman Catholic community of faith in Minnesota?
First, I would go to the wall to defend your right to work for the adoption of the so-called marriage protection amendment. Having said that, I must tell you that I believe you are making a significant mistake.
Over my 35 years as an active and retired bishop I have come to know hundreds of gay and lesbian persons. I have yet to meet even one who is opposed to the marriage of one man and one woman. After all, they are the daughters and sons of such unions. [Puhleeze.]
What they cannot understand is why church leaders would oppose their fundamental desire and right to be in partnership with someone they love and respect who happens to be of the same gender and sexual orientation. They don’t understand why they should not enjoy all the rights and privileges their straight counterparts take for granted. [I refer the bishop to the book of Genesis and the letters of St. Paul.]
More than a half century ago Father Francis Gilligan spoke out for equality [Wait for it...] for African American citizens of Minnesota. Though many argued on the basis of the Bible that these neighbors were inferior to others, Gilligan fought tirelessly for justice for these brothers and sisters.
In our generation homosexual persons are subject to the same discrimination. Their detractors often use the Bible and tradition as weapons of choice. [Lutherans have a long tradition of ignoring in the Bible that which is inconvenient for one's personal position.]
What strikes me about this letter is how utterly juvenile it is in its thinking and how insulting it is to the Catholic position.
Chilstrom challenges the Bishops to “Let me put out a challenge to each of you brothers. Invite 15 gay and lesbian persons from your respective areas, one at a time, to spend two hours with you.”
In Chilstrom’s mind, the problem is that we don’t know and therefore don’t like gay people. If we just got to know them, then all these problems would go away. How utterly juvenile. We know them, we love them, that is why we can never support this behavior because it destroys them body and soul.
It is no wonder that Lutheranism is dying a milquetoast death.