Vatican, on pope and Kim Davis: "I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add" http://t.co/CWzZWhVmn5— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2015
I hardly know what to say about the revelation that the pope met secretly with Kim Davis while here in Washington. I cannot say I was surprised, given the harsh anti-gay things he said when he was Cardinal Bergoglio and his inviting the likes of Tony Perkins to a confab last year. But after my first angry reactions as I was reading my Twitter feed, I thought of my gay Catholic friends, some of them extraordinary activists and the most admirable of people. Then I thought of love ones whose spirits were crushed by religious homophobia. And I thought of the representatives of the Archdiocese of Washington that fought us on every major piece of pro-LGBT legislation before the D.C. Council for the past three decades. And my main feeling is great sorrow.
I left the Church 45 years ago, not because I was gay but because I did not like the authoritarian mindset and the expectation that I should let others do my thinking for me. But though you can leave the Church, the Church does not so easily leave you if you were born and raised in it. This is family for me, who growing up had a nun for a cousin and a priest for an uncle. I know that people I care about and respect are in pain. I don’t feel like marshaling arguments right now. Even though I myself counseled against wishful thinking with this conservative pope on account of his pastoral gifts, that doesn’t remove the sadness one bit.
All I can say, as I said long ago to a lover whose guilt and self-hatred stole him from me, is that you are not disordered, and no God could be sadistic enough to give you this love and this desire and then condemn you for it. That so many persist in doing so, and urge the cruelty of lifelong celibacy on us as the only acceptable option, is wickedness supported by cherry-picked lines from ancient texts most of which the quoters blithely ignore. I can’t blame anyone for getting their hopes up. I learned a crucial lesson long ago, that each of us has a separate journey to make. Just consider, if you are a bit frayed at the moment, that there is more fellowship around you than you may realize.
One of the good early reactions to the confirmation from the Vatican is from Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry.
Pope: ‘Basis of marriage’ being called into question http://t.co/CXXWVondwq— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) September 24, 2015
Pope Francis said in his remarks to a joint meeting of Congress today:
Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family.
Your Holiness, my family is of value and is not a threat to anyone else's. Your church has denigrated our love and fought our civil rights and protections every step of the way. Please tell your brother bishops to stop it.
This cheeky commercial will upset the likes of Matt Staver and Tony Perkins. It was directed by Mark Nickelsburg, who is quoted about it here.
This clip from his appearance at Liberty University shows why so many people love Bernie Sanders.
Kareem is right. When 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, it's hard to make the case that there's a war on Christianity just because a few fanatics are blocked from using the civil law to discriminate against those who don't agree with them.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is becoming more and more unhinged. He can't even stick to one off-the-wall pronouncement per day. Someone get him help.
These heavily-armed pseudo-patriots now threaten federal marshals. If these fanatics are not domestic terrorists, who is?
In my Blade column this week: authoritarians and demagogues are trying to win by driving us crazy. Don't let them! Here's a portion:
If you didn't know better, recent news might have you thinking that anyone with a Hispanic accent is an alien; that activists protesting police violence are cop killers; and that a government official's religious freedom entitles her to impose her beliefs on an entire county.
Enough of these brazen falsehoods could drive a person crazy. This is called "gaslighting" after Charles Boyer's efforts in the 1944 movie Gaslight to make Ingrid Bergman think she is losing her mind so he can get her out of the way and steal her aunt's jewels.
When Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos challenged Donald Trump's promise to deport eleven million undocumented workers, he was treated like an undocumented worker himself. Trump has slandered Mexicans and used one murder to support a media narrative about criminal hordes flooding America that is entirely at odds with the facts. Undocumented immigrants in fact have a lower crime rate. Trump subsequently described Ramos as "raving like a madman." This is like describing women who assert themselves as hysterical. When Trump contemptuously ordered Ramos removed, the other reporters should have walked out. If tough questions are off-limits, we have a celebrity media availability, not a press conference.
These crude tactics appeal to the Trumpen Proletariat (a term coined by conservative writer Jonah Goldberg): the sort of people who vehemently opposed Obamacare but now favor single payer just because Trump is for it. Goodbye, coherent politics. Hello, fearless leader defended by a mob.
So, will she try to stop gay marriage licenses again when she returns to the office today? Will Judge Bunning send her back to jail? Will reality suddenly conform itself to the mad fantasies of Matt Staver and Mike Huckabee? Stay tuned.
The level of delusion here surpasses description.
No one's being jailed for practicing her religion. Someone's being jailed for using the government to force others to practice her religion.— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) September 3, 2015
Well and succinctly put.
Deputy clerks will issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Kentucky after their defiant boss was ordered to jail http://t.co/B0rvxbC6Kc— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 3, 2015
This is good news for the rule of law. Will she cash in? There is little doubt of it--but that is why Judge Bunning ordered jail for her, since fines would hardly be enough in her case.
No, Kim Davis is not Martin Luther King, Jr. http://t.co/T6qmIaXjZg— huffpostgay (@huffpostgay) September 3, 2015
His Name: Aylan His Age: 3 His Place of Birth: Syria, Kobani We have eyes little angel, yet still we can't see. pic.twitter.com/yQwhz4G1Xj— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) September 3, 2015
America, with all its wealth, can take more of these desperate families. Especially considering that America's preemptive war in Iraq did so much to destabilize the Mideast region. No one should die like this.
A dead baby becomes the most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis http://t.co/d3sSjBHlj7— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 2, 2015
Justice Scalia explains why Kim Davis should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or find a new job http://t.co/9ZuR1riM4w— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 2, 2015
Kim Davis has no where else to go, except perhaps to jail. Below, Steve Kornacki asks her attorney, Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel, where her asserted "religious liberty" to use her government post to impose her religious views on others stops. Would she have the right to refuse to issue a marriage license to a divorced person seeking to remarry? Congrats to Kornacki for asking that question with a straight face, given the fact that Davis herself has had three divorces despite her deep devotion to the teachings of Jesus.
Supreme Court says Kentucky clerk must let gay couples marry http://t.co/UKqlCfwQ0I— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 1, 2015
Kim Davis does not like the rulings she has been getting in court. We are clear on that. But she has now lost procedurally in three courts. With SCOTUS having denied a stay, she must now issue marriage licenses to the gay couples or she will be in contempt of court. There is a process for removing her from office, which should now commence. Her religious freedom has nothing to do with it. She is not acting as an officer of a closely held private corporation, as in the Hobby Lobby case, but as a government official. What she has sought to impose is not religious freedom (which belongs to all) but religious supremacy for her particular belief. That is establishment of religion, which is clearly prohibited by the First Amendment.
Davis's case can now proceed on its merits, but the multiple denials of her requested stay indicate that her chances of prevailing are considered dim. Justice Kagan, who handles stay requests for the Sixth Circuit, forwarded her request to the full Supreme Court, and there was no indication of a dissent in the denial of a stay.
After Pope Francis responds to lesbian author Francesca Pardi by sending a blessing to her and her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo, a Vatican spokesperson issues a clarification that the blessing in no way changes Rome's policy of opposing same-sex unions.
Pardon me for sending virtual slaps to gay Catholics who get teary-eyed and hopeful over the Pope's charming window dressing. At this point, your determined hopefulness is willful self-delusion. There is no sign that the Vatican has the slightest interest in changing its virulently anti-gay doctrines. The pope's occasional nice statements and gestures do not change that. This reminds me of the 1990s when some of us would get bowled over by President Clinton saying "gay" in a speech, despite the fact that he screwed us over on marriage and military service. We need to grow up, pay attention, and fight back.