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Americans’ freedom of speech at risk, warns New York archbishop


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American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Perhaps one of America’s most influential Catholics. He reflected in his personal blog on Thursday on the nasty repercussions of the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and the censorship Christians can expect in the future

He called it “haunting” that the marriage bill became law on the day Catholics celebrate the feast of the Birth of John the Baptist, “whom King Herod would behead because the saint dared to defend the God-given truth about marriage.”

John the Baptist died after denouncing Herod’s adultery.

“If the experience of those few other states and countries where this is already law is any indication, the churches, and believers, will soon be harassed, threatened and hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world,” wrote the archbishop.

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Christians in the UK, Canada, and elsewhere have lost their jobs, been dragged through lengthy “human rights” proceedings, and faced steep fines for questioning the dangerous homosexual lifestyle, declining to facilitate gay “marriages,” or even failing to acknowledge “gay pride” events, wrote the Archbishop.

Dolan pointed out that editorials nationwide have been calling for an end to religious liberties, saying that defending marriage is a form of discrimination against homosexuals.

“As one respected columnist has observed, the problem is not homophobia but theophobia — a hatred by some of God, faith, religion, and the Church,” he wrote.

CLICK HERE to read the Archbishop’s personal blog

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posted July 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

Comparing legalizing same-sex marriage with denouncing the adultery of a despot…oh really. How come anti-”homosexual” apologists can’t seem to help talking like 1950s and ’60s racists? The same claims of protecting the “natural” family and innocent children. The tawdry and shameful use of the alleged sex lives of “the other” to naturalize and legalize inequality. The outrage over the poor persecuted Christians who decline to facilitate “miscegenation” or same-sex marriage. The claims of being censored and victimized by liberals and activist judges just for defending God’s law for marriage, for society…and on and on. Sure “homosexuality” and “race” are different social constructs, but when it comes to defending inequalities for “the other”…like minds think alike, I guess. Just who is encouraging a “dangerous” lifestyle? I would accuse the archbishop here, for abusing his position to encourage bigotry and anomie.

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posted July 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

The Church obeyed the law and refused to marry mixed-race couples when it was illegal in the 50s and 60s. But now they refuse to follow the law and marry same-sex couples – sounds more like the whims of man rather than God’s unwavering truth.

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posted July 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

With all due respect, archbishop, the catholic church hierarchy needs to look within itself before challenging “freedom of speech at risk” ourside of its front door.
A gathering of 2000 catholics including undisclosed priests and sisters gathered in Detroit a few weeks ago to talk about their love for the catholic church and their desire to help it address the issues of our day. The “undisclosed priests and sisters” went undisclosed because they feared retaliation from church officials of Detroit who spoke from the pulpit against such a gathering. Those in the church who are in favor of a married clergy and ordination of women are forbidden to talk about it or face the possibility of excommunication. Catholic priests/sisters/lay theologians are forbidden to talk about it on college and university campuses and in class or face being fired by the bishop of the diocese in which the school is located. Dialogue and public conversation is essential to address dissagreements. Jesus was the greatest of communicators. He spoke outwardly to everyone and he entered into dialogue with anyone. No one was forbidden to speak on any subject, ANY SUBJECT. Let’s clean house first before trying to sweep out some elses.

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posted July 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

homosexual marriage unnatural and only can be forced and legislated down clear thinking Americans throats. There is such thing as the natural family and it works as nature designed it, not so with homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality or attempting to change one’s sex.

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posted July 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

A Catholic being excommunicated for speaking out is not true. If however i speak out against a law of where I am employed I may, like anyone be fired.
Also in a homosexual relationship, one of the partners is living a lie and acting out something they are not.

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posted July 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Barbara S. your comment shows that the Catholic members have less freedom of speech than Dolan claims is going to happen to all Christians. I’m Christian and not spooked by Archbishop Dolan’s warning of losing my freedom of speech. I’m more concerned about our nations debt problems.

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posted July 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Being Christian means following Christ, people who claim to be Christian yet promote homosexuality are following themselves not Christ. Christ insisted that we follow the bible and the bible states that homosexuality is wrong.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

““If the experience of those few other states and countries where this is already law is any indication, the churches, and believers, will soon be harassed, threatened and hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world,” wrote the archbishop.”

This is scare-mongering, nothing more; it’s the moral equivalent of the Protestant fear of the eeeevil Catholic Church in the US that would “out-breed” Protestants, “make America Catholic”, and destroy the Constitution; after which it would persecute Protestantism into oblivion.

This is the very same kind of thinking. It’s slanderous, it’s untrue, it ignores the fact that many practicing Catholics are gay, it spreads alarm, it’s a classic scare-tactic, it re-inforces homophobia when the Church ought to be weakening it – he should be ashamed of himself. This nonsense should left to extremist political groups. If the Church starts imitating *them*, its days as a force for good and reconciliation in society will be numbered.

“As one respected columnist has observed, the problem is not homophobia but theophobia — a hatred by some of God, faith, religion, and the Church,” he wrote.

## Oh dear. Time for a bit of the NT – a book with which the Abp. ought to have more than a passing acquaintance:

“12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”

People remember most of that; but tend to forget this: “If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.” That the Church is criticised is no proof of theophobia – it may be criticised not for being faithful to Christ, but for grossly unChristian behaviour. He seems not to realise that people can love God and, for that reason, be appalled by the wickedness of the Church. I don’t hate the Church – I do hate its dishonesty, its hypocrisy, its callousness, its irrationality, its bigotry, its moral cowardice, its moral blindness, its idolatry of itself, its worldliness, its love of power, its self-righteousness, its pride, its scapegoating of others, its failure to face up to & take responsibility for & repent of & be converted from its sins – I hate all these things, because they pervert the Church, as they have before, and make it unable to fulfil the work Christ gave it to do.

But does the Abp. consider the possibility that people hate, not the Church, but its sins ? Apparently not. Are the only acceptable Catholics those who love evil ? God forbid ! There is a major problem here, of confusing criticism of the evils done by the Church, with opposition to Christ.

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