Friday, November 13, 2009

Holy Bigotry

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. would rather cling to their anti-gay bigotry than help the poor and helpless.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn’t change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

“If the city requires this, we can’t do it,” Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. “The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that’s really a problem.”

I would like someone to show me where in all of their holy books and sacred scrolls that it is written that charity is conditional and conforming with laws that require an organization must treat all of their employees with equality and dignity is an abomination. Those are basic tenets of both charity and faith: you help those who need it without qualification, and your truest test of faith is not basing it on someone else’s choices or life.

If the Catholic charities want to hold Washington hostage over their beliefs, it tells you a hell of a lot more about the church than it does about the city.