As the crusade against same-sex marriage looks more and more hopeless, equality opponents have taken to claiming victimhood — asserting that they, not the people whose rights they work so hard to suppress, are the ones being bullied, oppressed, and persecuted.
The latest example of this is Fr. Gerald Murray of New York’s Church of the Holy Family. He complained to
Faux Noise FOX News host Megyn Kelly earlier this week that when it comes to marriage equality, it isn’t the Catholic Church that’s being intolerant, it’s those pesky gays who want equal treatment under the law:
You can caricature Christian teaching and call it bigotry and that’s reasonable speech on the left these days. This nonsense that we want to disadvantage blacks, when we say that homosexual activity is sinful, to call that equivalent to denying them their basic rights — no, we’re telling them if you want to live a good life, you have to follow what Jesus said. Basically, this is an attack on our freedom to preach what we believe.
They used to want to debate the merits of gay marriage. Now, they simply want to assert that this is the only rational and Christian thing to do, and historic Christianity and the Catholic Church says absolutely not. There’s no such thing as gay marriage. You can name something marriage. It’s not that. But, instead of debating me on that, they want to say, ‘You’re a bigot. You’re equal to a racist. You’re equal to an anti-feminist’ and all the rest, and I say, hold on, that’s not the reality at all. We love everyone, including sinners of all types, but we don’t tell the sinner, well, you’d like to have a legal recognition for your relationship, go ahead and have it. We don’t do that.
Sorry, dude, no dice. First of all, as I wrote earlier this week when Cardinal Dolan claimed to “love” gays, you don’t “love” someone by denigrating their loving and committed relationships. You can call that a lot of things, but you can’t honestly call it love.
Second, nobody’s attacking your freedom to preach or believe whatever bigoted views you want. What we’re attacking is your presumption that you’re entitled to write those religious beliefs into our civil law.
Third, I’m glad that being called a bigot makes you feel uncomfortable. It should. But if you don’t want to be called a bigot, then stop preaching bigotry. It’s really that simple. If you’re going to continue spreading bigotry, we’re going to continue correctly calling it out for what it is. Don’t expect us to just stop calling you a bigot because it makes you feel sad.
Hate wrapped in the name of God is still hate. Bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry. I’m so sorry it makes you squirm, but the truth hurts, doesn’t it Father?