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12/12/2011

TFP wants everyone to see you as deeply offensive to God (*but in the nice, non-disparaging way)

by Jeremy Hooper

This is how the TFP group describes same-sex marriage and those who support it:

10. It Offends God

This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex “marriage” does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.

Marriage is not the creature of any State. Rather, it was established by God in Paradise for our first parents, Adam and Eve. As we read in the Book of Genesis: “God created man in His image; in the Divine image he created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.’” (Gen. 1:28-29)

The same was taught by Our Savior Jesus Christ: “From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.” (Mark 10:6-7).

Genesis also teaches how God punished Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of homosexuality: “The Lord rained down sulfurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil.” (Gen. 19:24-25)

But don't be confused: This TFP group is in no way out to disparage anyone. Heaven's no. See, they and their willing allies at Focus on the Family will tell you just that:

Three years ago, a review conducted by [the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)] revealed that 96 Catholic colleges had [LGBT clubs].

“Pro-homosexual lobby groups focus lots of effort on influencing the youth,” noted TFP Student Action Director John Ritchie. “Too many Catholic bishops are silent, sadly. The culture in general (laws, movies, Hollywood, Lady Gaga, etc.) is relentless in pushing to mainstream the homosexual lifestyle.”

The clubs don’t just celebrate homosexual orientation; they often promote behaviors and policies that directly contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church, such as same-sex marriage.

As a result, TFP has launched a petition drive, hoping to gather 100,000 signatures asking the presidents of the universities to uphold Catholic doctrine by disbanding the clubs. In six days, 17,803 signatures have been gathered.

”I have no intention to disparage anyone,” the petition reads. “I only wish to restore moral values and protect the next generation of Catholic leaders.”
Homosexual Advocacy Clubs Growing on Catholic Campuses [Focus on the Family Citizenlink]

Telling people they and their supporters are affronts to God and a violation of the natural moral order, then turning around and denying that you are disparaging anyone? That is, in a nutshell, everything that's wrong with this whole "culture war." We have one side that wants to say and do anything and still hold on to the "nice, sweet, we're just being loving Christians" ground, while, in the most onus-shirking of fashions, aggressively accusing their vulnerable targets of being the "radical" or "militant" ones. Worse yet, they dedicate huge portions of their time to faulting those who find fault with their discriminatory views, as if pushing back against said views is worse than the discriminatory views themselves! The "values"crowd's refusal to actually take responsibility is almost more offensive than the anti-equality mission! Almost.

That this rabidly anti-gay Catholic group is opposed to Gay/Straight Alliances at Catholic colleges is actually not all that noteworthy or even offensive to me. They have a right to advocate on the basis of their faith, and if they want to exalt LGBT exclusion as a moral value than that is their right. But don't use your faith to condemn me in the strongest verbiage available and then deny the denigration at play! If groups like this would at the very least have the fortitude to stand by their dished animus, then at least we could debate the merits of an accepting society rather than first having to pull away the layers of "pro-family" fantasy.

If they can't support the idea that maybe God does in fact want us here on Earth (and in heaven?), they could at least do us the solid of owning their disparagement.

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*RELATED: TFP had *HUGE* presence at National Organization for Marriage/Ruben Diaz' Bronx rally. Here's why that matters [G-A-Y]

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