Dangerous Liaisons October 28, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, religion.
Tags: anti-gay arguments, catholicism and Islam, religious fundamentalism
The Guam legislature is considering a bill to establish domestic partnerships for gays. The Catholic Archbishop with jurisdiction over Guam naturally disapproves, and in a pastoral letter, argues that homosexual relations are “objectively disordered”, and warning the legislature that the bill’s passage would “forfeit its moral authority to govern.”
This is standard fare for the Catholic Church on this issue.
But then the reasoning goes off the deep end. A statement from the Archdiocese argues:
Islamic fundamentalists clearly understand the damage that homosexual behavior inflicts on a culture. That is why they repress such behavior by death. Their culture is anything but one of self-absorption. It may be brutal at times, but any culture that is able to produce wave after wave of suicide bombers (women as well as men) is a culture that at least knows how to value self-sacrifice. Terrorism as a way to oppose the degeneration of the culture is to be rejected completely since such violence is itself another form of degeneracy. One, however, does not have to agree with the gruesome ways that the fundamentalists use to curb the forces that undermine their culture to admit that the Islamic fundamentalist charge that Western Civilization in general and the U.S.A. in particular is the “Great Satan” is not without an element of truth. It makes no sense for the U.S. Government to send our boys to fight Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, while at the same time it embraces the social policies embodied in Bill 185 (as President Obama has done). Such policies only furnish further arguments for the fundamentalists in their efforts to gain more recruits for the war against the “Great Satan.”
Mark Kleiman’s summary is worth noting. The Archdiocese:
(1) cites the death penalty for homosexuality under sharia as evidence for the objective wrongness of the practice, without even hinting that carrying out the death penalty in such cases might not be the right thing to do, (2) offers suicide bombing as evidence of the moral health of extremist Islam (by contrast with the self-absorption it attributes to gays), and (3) says that the identification of the United States as the Great Satan is “not without an element of truth.”
Just remember: If you think that there are important commonalities of thoughts and purposes between the Islamic extremists currently ruling Iran and running the Taliban and the Christian extremists currently in control of the Vatican, you’re just an anti-Catholic bigot, because there’s no evidence whatever behind your fears.
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