Now, we have this:
In a March 8 letter to the charitable arm of the Diocese of Springfield, the Illinois attorney general's office said it was investigating reports the group "discriminates against Illinois citizens based on race, marital status and sexual orientation in its provision of foster care services."
The letter, which was included as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed by the charitable arms of the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet, warned that such policies violated the Illinois Human Rights Act, a statute that bars discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on marital status or sexual orientation, among other things.
You know what I think?
(CNSNews.com) - David Hansell, who runs the federal government’s Administration for Children and Families, told a group of high school students at the U.S. Department of Education’s “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)” youth summit on Tuesday that the Obama administration is recruiting “LGBT parents” to adopt children.
“[O]f course, we’re also trying to recruit more foster and adoptive parents who are lesbian and gay,” Hansell said in a general session of the summit held at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. (As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Department of Education barred reporters from attending the summit’s breakout sessions, which were also held at the hotel.)
I think it's high time the Catholic Church in America called the secularists' bluff.
First, every single Catholic organization which aids in the adoption of children should shut down. Yes, this would be sad for the children--I'm not ignoring them. But it would be much, much worse if the government forced Catholic agencies to place children in evil situations, such as making them pawns in the gay "marriage" game.
Then, every branch of Catholic Charities in the United States should be closed. The plan would not be to abandon the poor, but to disentangle completely from both government aid and the "strings" which accepting this aid always creates, and from government agitation and political activism. A new, purer version of Catholic Charities could then be set up in which no government funds would ever be accepted and no political activism would ever be condoned. Oh, and as a totally private, church-funded agency this new charity could possibly avoid situations like having to pay for the mortal sin of artificial contraception for its employees. And if that's not possible: then no more Catholic Charities, ever.
Next, every Catholic hospital and health care agency would shut down. There would be no more pretexts about "Oh, this is a Catholic hospital, but the government requires us to hand out emergency contraception, and a separate agency performs abortions down the hall, and our doctors prescribe birth control to their patients, etc." and all the associated bull excrement that our so-called "Catholic" hospitals play with now. If it would be possible to open the hospitals in the future under Catholic moral principles, fine--but I suspect that it won't be.
Then, every Catholic school that accepts government aid, uses mandated secular curricula, and otherwise entangles itself with the government would close, as well. This would include every single diocesan Catholic school. In the states where it's possible to run a private religious school free from government aid and/or government mandates, small private Catholic schools could reopen. These schools would teach according to Catholic doctrine unapologetically and would have student bodies which would be at least 98% Catholic; there would be no more pandering to wealthy non-Catholics to view the schools as a less-expensive option (compared to ordinary private schools) to keep their little darlings sheltered from the chaos of the local public school district; there would be no more watering down the curricula so as not to offend the benefactor parents who are not married, are divorced and remarried, are publicly supporting abortion or birth control, and are otherwise openly dissenting from Catholic teaching. If the government made even that sort of small, private Catholic school impossible--then no more Catholic schools.
Imagine, in a time of economic downturn, the consequences of ending all official Catholic involvement in the secular American world. Imagine the strain on existing government agencies, already underfunded, understaffed, and so burdened with red tape that they can hardly do much as it is. Imagine what it would be like if we Catholics called the secularists' bluff, and said, "So, you want us to restrict our Catholic faith to Sundays at Mass? Fine. Bye!" and left the public playing field, focusing our efforts on funding our own, non-government-entangled Catholic groups (what a boon that would be, for instance, to orthodox religious orders like this one or this one!). Imagine what it would be like for America if, labeled "bigots" for our religious beliefs, we Catholics rebuilt the Catholic ghetto--and retreated there.
Frankly, I'm starting to think that secular America deserves for us to do exactly that.