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03/05/2012

Maggie Gallagher sees us as sinners: The driving view that gets way too much of a pass

by Jeremy Hooper

If you've ever questioned whether or not Maggie Gallagher's public advocacy against CIVIL marriage equality is really driven in largest part by her personally Catholic regard for "sin," check out the following little quip that M.G. posted to National Review Online. After presenting a thoroughly reductive assessment of the situation involving the Washington state Catholic who was denied Holy Communion at her own mother's funeral because she is a lesbian, Maggie posits the following:

The Archdiocese of Washington appeared to reprimand this priest. But really, the bishops have to make it clear that the time to confess your sin to a priest is in the confessional, whose doors are always open, and not a few minutes before the Mass starts.
Archdiocese of Washington apologizes for denying Communion to lesbian at her mother’s funeral [Maggie for NRO]

See what she does there? Maggie takes a lesbian's mere existence (the priest, who the mourning daughter first met that day, only knew she was a lesbian because her twenty year partner introduced herself at the funeral) and turns it into a "confession of sin." That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the fundamental root that drives every aspect of Maggie Gallagher's public policy work. Here we have a situation so heartless and ignominious that it merited an official apology and reprimand from the Archdiocese of Washington. But for Maggie? It's the lesbian who acted inappropriately when she showed up at her mother's funeral alongside her two-decades-long loved one, not the priest who turned a daughter's mourning process into a hostile situation. For anyone who looks at this so-called "culture war" and at Maggie's role perpetuating it, it is as impossible as it is illogical to overlook the guiding spiritual beliefs that she's trying to turn into federal policy!

I'm actually shocked that Maggie would be so cold, uncaring, and faith-revelatory in an outlet as public as National Review. Usually we have to dig a little further to hear her admit that she sees us (gays and allies) as sinners in need of confession.

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