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12/31/2009

♪...and a burnt bridge in a rosary♪

by Jeremy Hooper

In the run-up to Christmas, many of us sent out holiday cards, fruitcakes, or pooper scoopers sizable enough to accommodate reindeer excrement. But the New York Catholic conference had their own "good tidings" to bring to the 38 state senators who voted no to equality: They sent letters thanking the no voters for denying gays the gift of basic fairness:

Shortly before Christmas, the conference's executive director, Richard Barnes, sent a letter to [the 38 senators] to thank [them for their] "courageous vote...preserving our state's historic understanding of marriage, as it has been known for time immemorial."
*Read more: The Catholic Conference's Favorite Senator (Updated) [NYDN]

What? Didn't you also spend the holiest time on your calendar gloating over the pain and injustice you caused your neighbor?

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Gross. I hope the LGBT community and their supporters in New York get those senators who voted No, out of office and replace them with supporters of gay marriage ASAP. I know the LGBT community in New York is very powerful.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 31, 2009 3:00:21 PM

"SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL"?!?!?!?!?!? WTF?!?!? SERIOUSLY!!! Can someone PUH-LEEZE explain to me WHY Christians are being allowed to flagrantly re-write the historical record with no evidence other than their own personal faith? First the Manhattan Declaration states some rather bald-faced accusations printing Christians as heroes and victims during antiquity, when they are anything but; and now...THIS!!! I'm sure that the two male "Saints" who were married in a religious Church-sanctioned ceremony, or my Celtic ancestors, or the Chuckchee tribal Gay shamans who's respective cultures allowed them to legally marry didn't count, 'eh?!?!?! Believe me, I could go on and on, citing examples of cultures and religious groups (such as the Hindus and we Witches) that absolutely solemnize over a marriage between two folks of the same gender...and many of these are recorded in ancient or medieval law tracts--so, they can shove "immemorial" up their sanctimonious asses!

SERIOUSLY...*WHY* is no one publicly calling them on their re-writing of the historical record?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Dec 31, 2009 11:55:22 PM

Wade, the exact same thing always screams at me whenever I read their press releases! Just as many progressives continue pointing out...they think if they repeat it enough, then it'll become fact. They've done the same thing with Kevin Jennings and will continue to do it, so we need to continue pointing out that they are lying!

Posted by: Ken | Jan 1, 2010 11:33:16 AM

This is a hoot - picture the Catholic hierarchy seated around discussing its Christmas card list. Whose job is it to chose the artwork ("no Santas on the cover - the robe is way too faggy...) Who else received one for services rendered ("make sure Maggie Gallagher gets a musical one, and don't give one to that Gillabrand, she's a ....").

No seriously though, kudos to this blog for drawing attention to the continuing erosion of separation of church and state. The experience of Senator Patrick Kennedy (RI) with Bishop Thomas Tobin, under which the latter advised him not to take communion in light of his support for health care reform, was one of the most depressing incidents of 2009. The American public is entitled to full and continuing disclosure of all attempts by any religious group to lobby elected officials.

Posted by: Austin D | Jan 1, 2010 3:26:01 PM

It's a dumb argument anyway. Appeals to tradition are a recognized logical fallacy. So unless the fundies would also like to come out in favor of slavery, bride burnings, and honor killing, I don't want to hear it.

Also, "courageous?" Really? It's courageous to vote in some way that your family, church, and financial backers all agree with?

Posted by: The Watcher | Jan 1, 2010 7:35:38 PM

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