Thanks to the gospel of tolerating all things, we now face a new, emboldened species of Catholic-haters: The homosexual lobby. To illustrate our point, we give you "anti-bullying" crusader Dan Savage.
Invited to speak at a National High School Journalism Convention, Mr. Savage did not mince words as you'll see in the video below:
With that special brand of affected-sophistication, Mr. Savage declared:
"We can learn to ignore the bullshit that is in the Bible about gay people, the same we we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about mentstruation, about virginity, about masturbation--we ignore the bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things."
Savage goes on to call the Bible "a radically pro-slavery document". He then quotes St. Paul out of context as if to assume that telling a slaveowner to treat his slaves humanely equates with condoning slavery. In fact, everything Savage quotes from the Bible about is taken out of context and explained only in a manner that invites mocking and ridicule.
As you can see, at least some of the students--quite a few, actually--had enough self-respect and intuitive knowledge to flee when he began to trash Christianity's sacred texts, which exposes one of the fatal flaws of anti-bullying "experts" like Savage: He verbally bullies the students himself:
"It's funny how someone who's on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible...how pansy-assed some people react when you push back."
Now someone who makes his living as a Professional Victim for Gay Rights has surely been called a "pansy" or worse, which begs the question for Mr. Savage: Do two wrongs make a right?
It's high time we recognize the truth and speak it with clarity: Christianity does not condone bullying homosexuals. The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes so far as to say:
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
Of course, the cause of Truth is not helped by fundamentalist Protestant wing of Christianity who are doing all they can to reinforce the public image of Christian intolerance. But let's be real: Even the news media recognizes the supremacy of the Catholic Church when it comes to moral issues (No network interrupts it broadcasts to report the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury or the President of the Southern Baptists Convention). The Catholic Church stands alone as the only Church that does not change its teachings to suit the age--which is precisely why CATHOLIC Christians are the more focused target of homosexuals and they will do anything they can to stop the Church.
And Mr. Savage himself grew up in the Catholic Church--unfortunately, it was the post-Vatican II American version of Catholicism that equivocated on uncomfortable moral issues (his mother went to a priest when she found out he was homosexual, only to have the priest inform her that he himself was gay and it was "better" for her son).
So what is the Truth? It is the complete message of Jesus Christ and the authoritative teaching of His Church. For most of us living in this age of post-Vatican II rupture, we have heard plenty about treating homosexuals with respect and compassion--and we should. However, our bishops and priests tend to be more timid about the other part of the message:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
So we have to know our faith and speak the WHOLE truth. Unfortunately, we live in an age when most people barely have the attention span to read a bumper-sticker, so many will not listen. That's where prayer comes in.
One thing this video makes abundantly clear: Homosexuals no longer want tolerance. They've already got it in spades. They want approval and they want no limitations on anything they do, publicly or in private. They will use the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn to get what they want.
Make no mistake: The homosexual lobby wants to silence the Catholic Church and they will stoop to any means to make that happen.
If Mr. Savage had any real courage, he would debate the issue of homosexuality with a Catholic apologist like Patrick Madrid or, better yet, with someone like Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, who has spent most of his professional life studying homosexuality and treating the people who suffer with it.
We must learn our faith in its completeness and we must speak the truth in love, but fearlessly. The "anti-bullying" homosexuals are more than ready to bully the Catholic Church out of existence.
One more thing: Savage has repeatedly said that he was once in the Catholic seminary. All of us should pray in thanksgiving that he never made it to ordination. We have enough wolves guarding the sheep already.