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Human-Male-White-Newborn-Baby-CryingAmerica’s Catholic bishops have had enough of not being in control of the country. They’ve taken their gloves off and slammed them down. At issue — they say — is their “religious liberty.” In yet another expression of the Christian martyr complex, they’re griping and bellyaching that they no longer have the influence they once did; that government is no longer bending over for them on demand; and that society is leaving them behind. USA Today‘s Faith & Reason blog reports on their latest petulant, sniveling whine (WebCite cached article):

The U.S. Catholic bishops Monday blasted “aggressive secularism” and the Obama administration for attacking the Church — and all believers — on religious liberty by curtailing the voices of faith in the public square. …

Their leader, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, told the annual gathering of 300 prelates to employ their passion for Jesus and the Church to face down the “chilling statistics” of people leaving the church and the cultural onslaught of critics of the Church.

The bishops are carrying the standard of “religious liberty,” because in their minds, their “freedom of religion” equates with “everyone in the country doing whatever they say.” Anyone who insolently dares not to follow the strict dogma of Roman Catholicism is — by their definition — depriving them of their religious liberty.

Well, boo fucking hoo, bishops. Your “religious liberty” stops at your own front doors; it does not entitle you to control the lives of anyone else. Grow the fuck up and stop presuming the power to tell everyone — Catholic or not — what they can or cannot do. OK?

If you think my refusal to obey you somehow diminishes your “religious liberty,” well then … by all means, I invite you to track me down, come right here and assert your control over me. Go ahead! I dare you. Do it. Now!

If you cannot do so — or don’t possess the courage to try — then you’ve shown yourselves to be just a bunch of crybaby cowards who simply want to weep and wail that you aren’t getting your way any more. Wah wah wah! Too fucking bad, your Excellencies. The Roman Catholic Church did run the show, once upon a time … but the rest of humanity outgrew you. The Catholic Church doesn’t control the occidental world any longer. The sooner you grow the fuck up and accept that, the better off you’ll be.

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New York StatehouseAs most of my readers are probably aware, gay marriage is tantalizingly close to being legalized in the state of New York (WebCite cached article). The Religious Right in that state, naturally, is throwing fits over this possibility. Among them is New York’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan. He’s known for his screaming irrationality, which I’ve noted previously, for example, in a diatribe he penned on his own blog, accusing the New York Times of being “anti-Catholic” because it was insolent enough to dare run stories on the reports of abuse within the Catholic Church in Ireland. It was worldwide news for months, as first the Ryan report and then the Murphy report were released there — but the Archibishop thinks that newspapers who reported on them must — by definition — be “anti-Catholic.”

It almost goes without saying, then, that Dolan’s knickers are again in a knot, as Albany edges closer to allowing gay marriage. In his irrational, sanctimonious rage, he made a comparison that is, quite frankly, completely unreasonable (cached):

Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to “redefine” rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of “family” and “marriage” means.

Dolan dislikes the idea of gay marriage, therefore if the state of New York allows it, then New York will have become a vicious totalitarian regime that will kill people at will.

I have to ask: Your Excellency, are you serious? Or are you daft?

Dolan is — as usual — just being childish. The legalization of gay marriage has no relation to totalitarianism, no matter where it’s practiced. Permitting gay marriage will not — repeat not — affect anyone other than gays who wish to marry. Heterosexual people will not be forced to marry others of their own gender. It will never happen. If gay marriage is permitted in New York, it will not change the lives of heterosexual couples in any way. Period.

Note also that His Excellency’s complaint is, more or less, the fallacious debate tactic known as reductio ad Hitlerum. The only difference is that he’s naming different bogeymen than the Nazis or Adolf Hitler. Otherwise it’s the same thing.

Hat tip: Religion Dispatches.

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