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11/02/2011

LGBT civil rights sympathies inconvenient to Archbishop Dolan; ergo, ego

by Jeremy Hooper

Archbishopdolanphoto-1New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan (who's also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) teases his plan for future marriage fights. This from Deseret News:

As it's been framed, the debate over gay marriage has so far revolved around the rights of same-sex couples. But going forward, Archbishop Dolan said, he will work to shift the focus onto the First Amendment rights of the church — rights he fears are now in danger.

"One of our arguments has always been that people of principle who feel this violates their deepest-held convictions are going to be forced to the wall," Archbishop Dolan said. "We were told we were being Chicken Littles and that was ridiculous."

But "no sooner was the ink dry," he said, than priests throughout the state started coming to him with stories of couples threatening to sue if they didn't agree to rent out their parishes for same-sex weddings.
Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage[Deseret News]

Love how they make it sound like we simply "frame" the debate as one over rights, as if it's strategy or something. Uhm, no. The debate revolves around rights because, uhm well -- THE FIGHT IS FOR CERTAIN CIVIL RIGHTS! It didn't take super secret Gay Agenda strategy meetings to find our focus!

That Archbishop Dolan and his willing allies (and Deseret News, with two NOM personalities on its editorial board, has certainly been known to be a sympathetic ally in the past) even think they can "shift the focus" off of rights and onto their narratives says oh so much about the way they see this fight. It says that while we equality activists are fighting for the concretes so that we can move on beyond it, they are in search of the convenient asides that they can twist and spin to distraction, so as to keep this contrived "culture war" chugging on for a bit longer. It says what we have long known: That they are constantly in search of new tactics and talking points, because focusing on the tangible rights would put them out of business.

And don't be fooled: There are deep business interests attached to their fight!

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