Anti-Equality Group Condemns LGBT Hate Crimes, Cardinal Responds With Calls For Anti-LGBT Sermons

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop New York, and LGBT hater

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Image from CathNewsUSA.

Tensions are high in the LGBT community in New York City and with good reason. So far this month there have been nine violent hate crimes against members of the community, bringing the total to twenty-seven this year. This means there have been double the amount of hate crimes against the LGBT community this year,  as there were last year; which even more concerning as last year also saw a double-digit increase over the previous year. Despite the wave in hate crimes America’s highest ranking Catholic, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called on all Catholic dioceses to focus their sermons on “traditional marriage” from now until the end of June. Dolan, who is the  President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is also the Archbishop of New York has made no statements condemning or even acknowledging the recent violence against the LGBT community in his city. He has however urged parishioners to join more anti-LGBT events, fast and pray as a way to stop marriage equality from becoming a reality in the USCCB’s spring bulletin.

A broad negative ruling could redefine marriage in the law throughout the entire country, becoming the ‘Roe v. Wade’ of marriage,” the bulletin reads. “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined with many other organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold both DOMA and Proposition 8 and thereby to recognize the essential, irreplaceable contribution that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, make to society, and especially to children.

The bulletin urges parishioners to join the church’s anti-LGBT events, “Fortnight for Freedom,” that ironical lead-up to Independence Day. These events are designed to protect ‘traditional marriage.’  It seems the bulletin completely glossed over the fact that the church has already redefined marriage, but what do I know? I suppose they want to protect their redefined version of traditional marriage and the 50% divorce rate that goes along with it.

The bulletin then goes on to say that while there are many ways to protect the basic humans rights of everyone, that allowing the LGBT to marry is not one of those ways and it ‘serves no one’s rights, least of all those of children.’ OH! Forgive me, I didn’t realize that constitutional rights could be so easily pushed to the side in America! Furthermore, how in the world marriage equality would hurt children is beyond me but of course I am no expert.

It really is rather funny to me that all of the church events lead up to July 4th; the day when our forefathers sought independence for a country that was founded on religious freedom. Now, the Catholic church wants to shove their religion down the throats of all of the citizens in this country, regardless of their religious affiliation.  Not only, is the Cardinal Dolan trying to stomp all over the Constitution but he is calling for a wave of anti-LGBT sentiment at a very volatile time in New York City.

While other groups such as,  the National Organization For Marriage, and the even head of the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council, have denounced the violence, the Cardinal seems to be fueling the flames. Let’s think about that for a second. A hate-group is denouncing violence against the LGBT community but the head of the Catholic Church is not? Seriously? I was under the impression that Jesus was all about love and forgiveness. Was I mistaken? This sentiment does not seems very loving, it seems dangerous and violent.  These hateful sermons could very well lead to an increase in violence in the community. All it takes is a few parishioners to decide that they are going to take matters into their own hands and the city of New York will have another Mike Carson murder to deal with.

I have a very healthy respect for the Catholic church, my family are by in large very devout Catholics, but what I do not have respect for is religion overshadowing constitutional rights of all people. Or when people take their religion so seriously that they go out and commit acts of violence against others. Dolan acknowledges that everyone has basic human rights, and one of those rights whether he agrees with it or not, is the right to love and marry whomever they want. The Cardinal does not get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution his  parishioners will follow anymore than I get to pick which shoes he wears to mass.

Perhaps instead of encouraging parishioners to go against everything this country stands for leading up to Independence Day, he should celebrate the principals on which it was founded upon. And even if that is a little too much for him to swallow, the least he could do is practice what his heavenly father preached: love and acceptance. Right now Cardinal Dolan seems to be spreading the word of Republican Jesus, not the loving and caring Jesus I learned about in Sunday school.

Here’s the bulletin:

Bulletin Insert Marriage and the Supreme Court Spring 2013 by David Badash