Monday, June 29, 2009

Naivete in the face of moral revolution...

"Catholic" Blogger Renee Aste* is offering "some advice for Catholics" at her Blog called "End of Nihilism." In this Blog post, Ms. Aste cites "Evangelizing The Homosexual" by Melinda Selmys: "We must be clear on this: Persons with same-sex attractions, even the most strident, anti-Catholic, shamelessly sexualized demonstrators, are not the enemy."


This, of course, is sheer nonsense. And it only serves to embolden radical homosexual activists who view the Catholic Church as "the enemy," an enemy which must be destroyed or subjugated. On June 13th, a "Gay Pride" parade took place in Rome. Participants marched through the Eternal City and depicted crosses with sex items. The office of Bishop was the object of disrespect. Anti-Catholic flags saying "No Vat" [No Vatican] with an image of St. Peter's basilica crossed out were carried by participants.
As I explained in a previous post, the homosexual hate movement has nothing to do with civil rights. It is, rather, an attempt to impose a moral revolution. Writing in the Chicago Free Press, even homosexual activist Paul Varnell admitted this. He wrote, "The fundamental controverted issue about homosexuality is not discrimination, hate crimes or domestic partnerships, but the morality of homosexuality. Even if gays obtain non-discrimination laws, hate crimes law and domestic partnership benefits, those can do little to counter the underlying moral condemnation which will continue to fester beneath the law and generate hostility, fuel hate crimes, support conversion therapies, encourage gay youth suicide and inhibit the full social acceptance that is our goal. On the other hand, if we convince people that homosexuality is fully moral, then all their inclination to discriminate, engage in gay-bashing or oppose gay marriage disappears. Gay youths and adults could readily accept themselves. So the gay movement, whether we acknowledge it or not, is not a civil rights movement, not even a sexual liberation movement, but a moral revolution aimed at changing people's view of homosexuality." (Paul Varnell, "Defending Our Morality," Chicago Free Press, Aug 16, 2000,
Sure, many homosexuals have no interest in moral revolution or imposing the homosexual "lifestyle" on the rest of society. But to suggest that radical homosexual activists and "even the most strident, anti-Catholic, shamelessly sexualized demonstrators, are not the enemy" is incredibly naive. And asinine.
Jesus didn't say we wouldn't have enemies. He said we would be hated by the world and its friends (John 15). Rather, He told us to pray for our enemies and to do good to those who persecute us. And part of that "good" is preaching the hard truths to such people.
Related reading here.
* Related article here.


Ann Duclos said...

In my opinion, Renee has gotten way too cozy with the radical homosexual ideology.

Michael Cole said...

Yeah, let's be sure not to offend the sensibilities of homosexual activists who attach condoms to a cross, mock Jesus and ridicule the Pope and the Vatican. We wouldn't want to "alienate" them.

Sanctus Belle said...

Paul, I received your email and wow, you are truly being persecuted. I pray that Mary will protect you beneath her mantle and keep you safe in both the temporal and spiritual realms.

We never cease to speak the truth openly and with courage and you are a shining example of a good Christian soldier.

Cleghornboy said...

Sanctus, thanks for your prayers. You are in mine as well. Things are really getting strange around here. Your Blog is doing so much good, encouraging solid Catholic devotions while defending the Church's authentic teaching.

Michael, my sentiments exactly. Some simply won't understand what we're saying here. They have succumbed to political correctness and (in some cases) homosexual agitprop.

Ann, one easily arrives at that conclusion. Pray for her.

Anonymous said...

Ireland had a grim weekend with a homosexual parade in the midst of Dublin as well as the government's introduction of legislation to legalize homsexual unions as well as heterosexual "shacking up."
The Catholic Church observed the weekend with the beginning of the Year of Evangelization but without any protest of the parade or proposed legislation and only four priestly ordinations for the country: two for Dublin, one for the Capuchins, and one for Limerick (a 55-year old man; the first ordination there since 2005):

Gay weekend in Ireland with city march and new same sex law
By ANTOINETTE KELLY, IrishCentral.Com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, June 27, 2009

It's been a gay weekend in Ireland with a massive parade in the city center today and the news that the Government will recognize same-sex gay couples.

The legislation falls short of granting the same rights as straight married couples and was derided by many marchers as "half measures."

The annual gay pride march attracted about 12,000 revelers who filled the length of O'Connell Street for a day dedicated to "Pride and Prejudice."

The huge crowds chanted: "What do we want? Marriage. When do we want it? Now."

Married couple Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan wore their wedding dresses from their 2003 Canadian ceremony while several others protested what they say are "half-measures" in the bill by marching in a half-tuxedo or wedding dress.

The marchers included gay rubgby teams, gay football teams and LGBT groups from as far away as Kerry and Galway.

The new bill will give statutory rights to gay and lesbian couples and will allow same-sex couples to register their civil partnership.

The rights include the protection of a shared home, pension rights, the right to succession and the same treatment as married couples in tax and social welfare.

Betty said...

I think people like Renee are tired of "fighting the good fight" and are, as a consequence, capitulating to the demands of radical homosexual activists. Sure, when we're dealing with a person who has a same-sex attraction and somewhat of a delicate or sensitive personality, then we tailor our message, our evangelization, in such a way that while we're still providing the person with the "hard truths" we are careful not to alienate them.

But when dealing with hardened activists (the same sort of angry people who mock Christianity and everything we hold dear), our approach must needs be more, shall we say, "virile" and "spirited."

Our approach depends upon whom we are dealing with at the moment. Prudence dictates who is an "enemy" and should be seen as such and who is simply struggling.

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Ms. Aste's post is asinine. There is no sin in calling the wolf a wolf as St. Francis de Sales once said.

Cleghornboy said... reported, on June 2, 2009, that Kevin Jennings, the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), who was recently appointed to the Obama Administration, was quoted as having said at Marble Collegiate Church that members of "the religious right" are "hard core bigots." To which he added, "We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit - I'm trying to find a way to say this. I'm trying not to say 'F...'em!' which is what I want to say, because I don't care what they think." The audience laughed and Mr. Jennings said, "Drop dead."

I believe this speaks for itself. Anyone who thinks that the radical homosexual movement is about "equality" is just naive. It is a moral revolution. These people have, as an ultimate goal, the total silencing of Christianity on the subject of homosexuality. They would have the Scriptures criminalized as "hate speech" and priests and pastors who preach the biblical truth about homosexuality arrested and convicted of "hate crimes."

And we should worry about "alienating" such people? God preserve us from such nonsense!

Marie Tremblay said...

It's only a matter of time before Christian belief is outlawed as "archaic." Read what President bama is saying now:

Obama hopes to persuade all Americans to accept homosexuality
Associated Press - 6/30/2009 7:30:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama says that while he's dedicated to expanding homosexual rights, many Americans still cling to what he calls "worn arguments and old attitudes."

At a White House celebration of Gay Pride Month, Obama said he hopes to persuade all Americans to accept homosexuality. ""There are good and decent people in this country who don't yet fully embrace their gay brothers and sisters -- not yet," said the president. "That's why I've spoken about these issues -- not just in front of you -- but in front of unlikely audiences, in front of African-American church members."

Obama acknowledged that many Americans still disapprove of homosexuality. "There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes," he stated.

What was President Obama referring to when he knocked 'old attitudes' regarding homosexuality?

He added that Congress should repeal what Obama referred to as "the so-called Defense of Marriage Act" -- and that his administration is working to pass a hate crimes bill and to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals in the military.

The audience at the White House ceremony included Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and other homosexual clergy. Obama introduced Robinson as a "special friend."

Stewart said...

Now that the so-called "Hate Crimes" Bill (Matthew Shephard Act) has been passed, consider the following from the Traditional Values Coalition:

The main purpose of this legislation is to elevate homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender identity to race. H.R. 1913 will add the categories of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” “either actual or perceived,” as new classes of individuals receiving special protection by federal law. Sexual orientation includes heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. Gender identity includes such gender confused behaviors as cross-dressing, transvestism and such conditions as transsexualism.

The so-called hate crimes bill will be used to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, business owners, Bible teachers, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, Christian counselors, religious broadcasters and anyone else whose actions are based upon and reflect the truths found in the Bible.

H.R. 1913 broadly defines “intimidation. A pastor’s sermon could be considered “hate speech” under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any “sexual orientation.” The pastor could be prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit a hate crime.”

Supporters of H.R. 1913 claim the legislation only covers bodily injury. In actuality, it opens the door to the possibility that religious leaders or members of religious groups could be prosecuted criminally, based on their speech or protected activities under conspiracy law or the criminal code-- and could include conduct or speech that aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces, procures or causes the act to be done by another. Ultimately, a pastor’s sermon concerning religious beliefs and teachings on homosexuality and gender confused behaviors could be considered to cause violence and will be punished or at least investigated.

Also, by requiring criminal investigations to focus on a suspect’s thoughts and specific intent, federal law enforcement agencies will now be able to focus on a suspect’s religious beliefs, membership in religious organizations, speech and activities conducted by a church, and any past statements made to, or by, a suspect, all in the name of determining whether a suspect acted with a prohibited “bias.”

Ultimately, a pastor’s sermon concerning religious beliefs and teachings on homosexuality and gender confused behaviors could be considered to cause violence and will be punished or at least investigated. Once the legal framework is in place, political pressure will be placed on prosecutors to investigate pastors or other religious leaders who quote the Bible or express their long-held beliefs on the morality and appropriateness of homosexuality and other sexual behaviors. Religious teachings and common beliefs will fall under government scrutiny, chilling every American’s right to worship in the manner they choose and to express their religious beliefs.

And these people are not the enemy? What are they? People who want to silence the Christian churches are engaged in evil.

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