Friday, April 4, 2014

Are you now, or have you ever been, a Catholic?

I'm writing this via the Opera (tm) browser.  Blogger (tm) keeps giving me concerned messages about how my browser is unsupported and unexpected things might happen (and suggesting I switch to a supported browser, like, say, Chrome).  I've used Blogger for years, and it will be interesting to see how an "unsupported" browser compares to my experiences on a "supported" one, since those include random crashes, random saving errors, random weirdness with links and pictures, and other charming reminders that human error creeps into technology quite easily.

I've continued to read about and ponder the Brendan Eich/Mozilla situation.  I encourage you to do likewise, in order to understand two important things.  The first is that the gay rights gestapo considers it to be proof of "homophobia" and a firing offense if a person says he or she believes marriage is between a man and a woman--in other words, if a person believes about marriage what Catholics, many other Christians, many Jews, most if not all Muslims, most Mormons, etc. believe.  The second is that some people with whom I disagree on the issue of same-sex "marriage" have denounced the gay rights gestapo for having hounded a good man out of his job simply because he held a political opinion that they did not agree with--a good, and most appreciated, gesture.

I think that the gay rights gestapo has overplayed its hand here.  They have revealed something I've insisted was the case for years now, only to be told by the more irenic supporters of gay rights that I'm paranoid or crazy: that is, that the end game here is to force anybody who thinks marriage is and must be between one man and one woman out of the public square altogether.  Believing what the vast majority of the human race has believed about marriage for at least the past two thousand years has been labeled hate speech, and not just hate speech, but hate speech which must be punished.

That this is a serious danger for all Catholics who accept Church teaching on the nature and purpose of marriage, the sinfulness of all sex outside of marriage including homosexual sex acts, and the impossibility of same-sex "marriage" being anything more than an attack on the natural family and a grave spiritual and moral danger for those who participate in such a thing must be recognized.  The time may be coming when "witch-hunts" will affect the company you work for, and such practices as avoiding meat on Fridays or wearing a crucifix at work will get you interrogated by human resources:

Are you now, or have you ever been, a Catholic?

Do you agree that your Church is wrong about gay "marriage?"

Will you sign this diversity statement repudiating your Church's teaching on gay "marriage?"  If you refuse to sign, do you understand that your continued presence here constitutes a hostile work environment for our valued LGBTQ employees?

Do you recognize that your Church's teachings and your acceptance of those teachings makes you an undesirable employee?  Do you recognize that at the very least you are no longer eligible for promotions or advances, and that it would be in the company's best interest for us to terminate your employment, if you continue to refuse publicly to repudiate your Church's teachings?

Five years ago, people were assuring me that I was crazy and paranoid for thinking anyone would ever lose his job over his support for traditional marriage.  Five years from now, that conversation I have outlined above will be taking place in the human resources departments of every major corporation in America, unless we can stop this push to eliminate, destroy, isolate and punish every person who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman now.  I am as certain of that as I've ever been of anything involving this issue.

5 comments:

L. said...

So it's fine when a Catholic-affiliated institution fires someone who doesn't live according to its stated values & principles, but when a company does the same, it's bad?

John Henry said...

Let Mozilla know how you feel.

https://input.mozilla.org/en-US/

L. said...

As somewhat of a free-speech fanatic, I've been waiting for the liberal backlash against what Mozilla did, and finally, it's starting:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2014/04/brendan_eich_quits_mozilla_let_s_purge_all_the_antigay_donors_to_prop_8.html
And here's a really good one:
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/04/03/the-hounding-of-brendan-eich/

John InEastTX said...

"Five years from now, that conversation I have outlined above will be taking place in the human resources departments of every major corporation in America, unless we can stop this push to eliminate, destroy, isolate and punish every person who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman now."

I will bet you ten troy ounces of .999 silver that five years from now, that conversation will not be taking place no matter what happens.

Deal?

David Sharples said...

The push for same sex marriage was never about marriage, it was/is about a demand for acceptance, total acceptance of homosexual acts.

A lot of the cultural pressure, which I fear will soon be totalitarian state pressure, rests on the charge of bigotry and a comparison of sex to race. It's also worked to keep people silent. If we educate on that, we will defuse the bomb. It's not too late.