Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Calgary's Bishop Re-opens the Gay Marrirage Debate

The pre-eminent Catholic in Calgary, Bishop Fred Henry, has launched an aggressive assault on the government's plan to legalize gay marriage. Despite the fact that the Supreme Court has rule it unconstitutional for homosexuals to be deprieved of the right to wed, the Catholic Church is unwilling to allow the issue to go ahead without a fight.

Bishop Henry recently sent an inflamatory letter to Calgary's Catholic, stating that "the State must use its coercive power to proscribe or curtail" homosexuality, adultery, prostitution and pornography "in the interests of the common good."

Ignoring the question of whether or not the Church even has the right to claim moral authority in light of their own recent sexual scandals, the fact remains that the Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue. This is no longer a question of whether or not the issue is morally acceptable, but rather which document is the basis of our nation - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or the Bible?

Gay marriage has already been legalized in most of the country, and as of yet prostitution, pornography and other scourges of civilization have yet to overrun Toronto, Manitoba, or any other anywhere else for that matter. The very fact that Bishop Henry compares homosexuality to prostitution and adultery is likewise disheartening. The religious objection to homosexuality stems from the Book of Leviticus, a hate filled portion of the bible which also condemns dozens of other activities. A brilliant editorial in the Star last year pointed out several of the other ridiculous claims therein -- from stoning neighbours who do not attend church, to prohibitions on touching pig skin on sundays or eating shellfish.

So what is the basis of our nation. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Bible? Are we reasoned human beings, or zealots?

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