13 November 2009

The real sin of Sodom.

Long ago the Catholic Church determined that homosexuality was such a terrible sin that their "loving" God destroyed a couple of cities over it, and it was their obligation to continue to destroy homos on their "almighty" God's behalf. Except their "all-knowing" God had already decided to destroy Sodom before the mob showed up at Lot's door, ergo the argument over what "know" means and the whole angel-raping mob story is pretty much moot according to their own book.
If that doesn't convince you that homosexuality wasn't Sodom's real sin how about this: Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. Ezekiel 16:49
So there's something especially poetic about this news: the District of Columbia City Council plans to enact an anti-discrimination ordinance and the Catholic Church is so incensed...that they're threatening to screw the poor.
The proposed ordinance doesn't have anything to do with religion. It won't require the church to perform gay weddings, hire or retain gay clergy or ministerial staff, or preach that gay people aren't child molesters or anything crazy like that. It just says that businesses and charities that do business in or with the city can't discriminate against their own gay employees.
Due to DCs prospective interference the employer/employee relationship, the Church is now threatening to break its social services contracts with the city that it currently performs through its nonprofit entity, Catholic Charities. It's probably not an idle threat, either. When Massachusetts enacted a law that said that adoption agencies couldn't categorically deny adoption because the prospective parents were gay, the Catholic Church folded up its adoption agency and left the state. Apparently it's better to deny Massachusetts orphans parents entirely.
Catholic Charities of DC claims they are:
...the area's leading provider of comprehensive human services, strengthening the lives of people in need...[serving] over 8,000 homeless people a month.
But fuck those 8,000 homeless if the city won't allow Catholic Charities discriminate against the handful gays that may lurk amongst their 800 DC area employees.
Punishing "sodomites" by committing the real sin of Sodom?

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