GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

When Gays are Wrong...

I support the right of Gay people to adopt..but in this case, Catholic Charities are right.
On March 10, Catholic Charities of Boston had announced that it was being forced to shut down its highly regarded adoption services, since it could not in good conscience comply with the government's demand that it place children for adoption with homosexual couples. Caught between the rock of Catholic teaching, which regards such adoptions as "gravely immoral," and Massachusetts regulations, which bar adoption agencies from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, the Boston Archdiocese had hoped to obtain a waiver on religious-freedom grounds. But when legislative leaders refused to consider the request, the archdiocese was left with no option but to end a ministry it had been performing for a century.

Whereupon the Human Rights Campaign issued its news release. It was headlined "Boston Catholic Charities Puts Ugly Political Agenda Before Child Welfare," and a more perfect illustration of psychological projection would be hard to imagine.

For the political agenda driving this affair is the one favored by the Human Rights Campaign and its many allies in the media and state government: the normalization of homosexual adoption. So important is that agenda to its supporters that they will allow nothing to stand in its way — not even the well-being of children in dire need of safe and loving families. Catholic Charities excels at arranging adoptions for children in foster care, particularly those who are older or handicapped, or who bear the scars of abuse or addiction. Yet the Human Rights Campaign and its friends would rather see this invaluable work come to an end than allow Catholic Charities to decline gay adoptions.

Note well: Catholic Charities made no effort to block same-sex couples from adopting. It asked no one to endorse its belief that homosexual adoption is wrong. It wanted only to go on finding loving parents for troubled children, without having to place any of those children in homes it deemed unsuitable. Gay or lesbian couples seeking to adopt would have remained free to do so through any other agency. In at least one Massachusetts diocese, in fact, the standing Catholic Charities policy had been to refer same-sex couples to other adoption agencies.
Shutting down the Catholic Charities in Boston just makes no sense. This will just hurt children and do nothing to help gay people and/or their rights.

10 Comments:

Blogger USMale said...

I am assuming that CC does not receive funding from the commonwealth of Massachusetts or City of Boston (whichever has the legislation involved). If so, I find it repulsive that our community would so obviously trample on religious rights. One of the reasons I have ceased to be a liberal, homo though I am, is that I finally smelled the totalitarian drive in the left. Everyone shall be free, as we determine it, and if that means that your life is regulated up and down the wazoo by the state, then so be it. I don't want to live in a world where the utopian multicultural ideology reduces us all to anxious servants of the government, no matter how apparently noble the reason. If you love justice and you don't love freedom, too, --including other peoples'--then you're just a totalitarian manque.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Ottawa Core said...

it'd be nice if you would allow for debate in your blog, since you have decided to remove any of my insights i'll test whether you have changed your mind. innocuous responses equal posting?

3:49 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

ottawa core: Not sure what you mean..you can comment asmuch as youn want.

I have never removed any of your so-called insights.

fred

5:46 PM  
Blogger montreal simon said...

This is not a gay issue, it's a simple matter of human justice. The Church decided to put prejudice ahead of the real interests of children. Just like they ignored the interests of the children abused by those pedophile priests in Boston. They should be ashamed of themselves, and so should you. For siding with our enemies and helping to whip up even more hatred against us. But don't worry we're not afraid of the bigots. We're a new generation. We fight on our feet, instead of begging for acceptance on our knees. As far as I'm concerned gays like you are nothing more than Judas goats.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Derek said...

I don't know if whether or not they were getting public funding would make a difference. Much like the case in BC where the lesbian couple successfully sued their local Knights of Columbus, if an organization-- religious or not-- is providing a service to the public, it is obliged to follow anitdiscrimination legislation in providing such services. If Catholic Charities had instead been providing adoption services only for unwanted children born to Catholic parents, being adopted out to only Catholic parents, then it would be an internal Church matter and the state's laws would not apply. Similarly, if KofC halls were not available for rent to the public at large but were rented to Church members only, then the legislation would not have applied.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Fred,

I will grant you are correct in so far as the extent to which the church should be allowed to autonomously function. I contend that whatever it is they view, discriminate against, and hate, they may do to their cold little hearts content, and to their own members.

But when that dogma intersects with the rights I am allowed to enjoy as a citizen, we have an issue that needs to be squarely sided with the holding rights of the citizen as more protected than those of the church.

As I am not Cathloic, that ideology need not inform my fitness should I decide to adopt. The radical concept of what I can afford a child, being the seminal issue in this case.

Frankly I find it rather strange that you are actually using the example of the church refering prospective parents to other agencies to pursue their adoption choices. You seem to think this is an active demonstration of good will. If it is, as the church contends, so wrong in a fundamental sense, would that not be thought of as facilitiating sin?

Sorry, I don't think "go next door" as opposed to "screw off evil sodomite" is much of a step forward. Why is it that you do?

7:49 PM  
Anonymous persecuted said...

the scandal in the catholic church was ephophilia, not pedophilia. 82 percent of charges were for homosexual priest abuse with male post puperty teenagers. ephophilia. This truth is ignored and the charge of pedophilia constantly espoused.
Check out the john jay study

11:15 PM  
Blogger jw said...

While I generally support the right of gays & lesbians to adopt, there are cases wherein that right may be abrideged.

CC in Boston mostly handled abused, handicapped and older kids. In the abused kids there can be a problem; depending on the abuser and the individual circumstances. For many abused kids having a male & female parent makes a life altering difference in the odds of their success in life. So, we've got to be careful to look at the thing in the "best interests of the child" format.

Most of my parenting knowledge is in the form of knowledge of fathers with custody of small children. I was one once ... kids now big men.

Lone fathers have a fantastic track record in raising handicapped kids: Gay couples and hetero couples have good records, lesbians not so good (probably due to some bad moves several years ago, that's hard to tell). Thus we should think of the record of the parent(s) as a group as ONE part of the adoption story.

I think closing CC was a bad move. I also think that GLB activists may well go too far in pushing rights. It's a balancing act.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Al said...

JW,

Having a hard time seeing where you are informing your ideas that lesbians are "not so" good parents. Would that not depend on the couple, or the specific lesbians? We operate in this country and in the US on the concept that we do not ascribe blanket assertions onto a group unless there is substantial proof of that trait in the overall group. Otherwise it's bigotry.

How exactly are GLB activists "pushing too far" for rights. There is only one way to define equality, no matter how directions you approach it from. That would be equal.

4:06 AM  
Blogger The Commentator said...

We opened the door and we must lie in it. The CC had every right to exist as it saw fit. -THAT'S TRUE FREEDOM. Just like a Golf club has every right to be all male, female or gay. They were not playing politics. It's the people who hide behind a guise of 'caring for children and freesdom' who play games. I'm not gay nor am I a practicing Catholic but I have seen the good side of religion.

8:05 PM  

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