You know how childhood is so easy and children get along with their parents all the time? Remember how, when you were in elementary school, you weren’t self-conscious and worried about fitting in? And remember how those early years aren’t formative at all? Well, that’s how the archdiocese of Denver remembers childhood, which is why it has no problem refusing to re-enroll a child in a Catholic school in Boulder because the kid’s parents are lesbians.
CNN is reporting:
Gay and lesbian groups are attacking a decision by the archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, not to re-enroll a child in a Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado, next year because the child’s parents are lesbians.
The issue centers on the Sacred Heart of Jesus School, where the pre-schooler is currently enrolled.
That’s right — the preschooler. THIS TODDLER IS A THREAT TO ALL I HOLD DEAR!
One of the most repulsive spectacles in America is watching a bigot — be they a segregationist from the 60s or an anti-marriage equality crusader today — explain how they actually aren’t full of hate, they’re just supporting a different set of priorities. That those priorities exactly line up with their racist or homophobic tendencies is just a pleasant coincidence. Why, I’m not a racist! I just happen to believe that blacks should stay in their place, because otherwise think of the distraction it’ll cause at my kid’s school. My kid shouldn’t have to deal with that, right?
Here’s the Archdiocese’s statement telling the community excluding this child isn’t about discrimination, it’s about consistency:
“Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment,” it said in a statement posted on its Web site. “To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.” [emphasis added.]
The obvious answer here is to change what the kids are being taught in school — that gay relationships are somehow wrong or unnatural. But that would be too easy, I suppose. The Church’s line of argument would also allow racial segregation if the school curriculum taught that blacks were inferior to whites. We’d love to treat people equally, but our hands are tied here; you’ve seen our textbooks.
And if you’re looking for a one sentence explanation of why superstitious thinking should be resisted because of the monstrous consequences it can produce, you can’t find a better example than this:
“The issue is not about our not accepting ‘sinners,’ ” he said. “It is not about punishing the child for the sins of his or her parents. It is simply that the lesbian couple is saying that their relationship is a good one that should be accepted by everyone; and the Church cannot agree to that.” [emphasis added.]
“The Church cannot agree to that.” No, I suppose it can’t. Loving one another is antithetical to the teachings of the Bible, after all.
Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.