Since I am already in for a Pissing-People-Off-Political-Penny today, I am getting in for a Religious Pound.
The city of Washington, DC is considering legislation that would create Marriage Equality for Gays and Lesbians. Under the proposed legislation, no church would ever be required to perform same-sex weddings, or even make their sanctuaries or other facilities available for same-sex weddings. Churches would have to obey laws banning employment and access discrimination (but not for marriage, counseling, or other marriage related activities) against members of the LGBT community.
Fearful that this could force them to grant insurance to the husbands and wives of gay employees, the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Washington has told the City Council that it will end the Social Service programs it runs for the city unless the law is changed.
So let me see if I’ve got this straight, Your Grace, Archbishop Wuerl, the archdiocese has a centuries long history of service to the less fortunate of this area but you’re willing to chuck a big chunk of it over this issue? You’re all fine with Matthew 25:34-40, unless there’s gay marriage involved? I must have missed that asterisk in the text.
So if you’re wondering why I consider myself an agnostic who’d rather spend my Sunday mornings at brunch, well that type of false piety is just one the many reasons on a pretty long list.