Colorado Church won't re-enroll lesbians' child in school because Jesus is love

analBigYou 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.

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.

 
     

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7 Responses to Colorado Church won't re-enroll lesbians' child in school because Jesus is love

  1. Pingback: Lesbian’s lesbianness forces school to cancel prom, fun - Molly Knefel - Blogging Molly - True/Slant

  2. Chris van Avery says:

    And of course, calling Catholics “bigots” and depriving them of their religious freedom is clearly the more loving approach.

    I see you like Proverbs. Try Proverbs 3:7 on for size:

    Do not be wise in your own estimation
    fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

    • John Knefel says:

      What a great point. Remember in my article how I said that people should be prosecuted for their religious beliefs? I totally did that. I didn’t a highlight a specific action which I found reprehensible, I just wantonly hated on Catholics. You have great powers of comprehension, and you correctly deduced that the archdiocese of Denver is the REAL victim here.

      Regarding your Proverbs quote, I would suggest that discrimination based on class, race, gender, or sexual identity qualifies as an “evil” from which you should turn away. That, to me, is the more loving approach.

      • Chris van Avery says:

        Maybe I was mistaken. Just so I’m clear on who the author of this piece is, who, in your estimation, wrote these “loving” passages?

        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.

        and

        The obvious answer here is to change what the kids are being taught in school – that gay relationships are somehow wrong or unnatural.

        Could you explain your understanding of “love” and “hate” to help me put those words in context?

      • John Knefel says:

        You are a joy to debate. I responded to your comment by saying that I didn’t categorically dismiss Catholics — which you accused me of doing. And I stressed, again, that the victims here are the child and the parents who have been targets of discrimination, which your rebuttal, such as it is, did not address. I then added my interpretation of the verse you quoted, arguing that an inclusive understanding of love is superior to an exclusive one. This, also, you did not address.

        Quoting two of my own passages back to me — both of which I stand behind wholeheartedly — doesn’t prove anything other than the fact that you don’t understand my critique. I am not “hating” on religion or Catholicism, I’m hating on the actions of a few people that made a preschooler’s life worse in a very clear way for no reason other than a desire to discriminate against gays and lesbians. I would challenge you to explicitly defend those actions if you believe they are proper, though that seems unlikely, seeing as you haven’t done so already.

      • Chris van Avery says:

        So, you’re just asserting that the decision makers at the Archdiocese of Denver are “bigots”, “racists” and “homophobes”.

        If that’s the case, what of Paul? He clearly taught that homosexual acts are sinful [Rom 1:18-32]?

        And how about Paul’s teacher, Jesus? He taught that unrepentant sinners should be excluded from the church [Mat 18:15-17].

        Perhaps the archdiocese erred by not giving the parents the opportunity to repent, but otherwise I believe they’re on quite firm ground.

  3. Mr. Knefel,

    Well you know, it is a *catholic* school. It is owned and operated by the Catholic Church and so long as they do not use public funds to practice their bigotry, they can follow whatever ridiculous rules that they want. The church is not against homosexuality, their priests seem to practice it religiously, in private. The church is only against their lay membership – parents of students in their schools – publicly admitting that they practice it in private. The only thing I don’t get is why a lesbian couple would want to send their child to school like that.

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