The great rallying cry of many progressives is the demand for tolerance. We, as a society, should accept all ideas, religions, behaviors, etc, as long as they are not hurtful or against the law. Unless, that is, you do not possess progressive views or believe that there is such a thing as objective truth.. Then all of sudden all that luv and tolerance flies right off the table.
This is especially true of homosexuality. It is not enough, anymore, to have unconditional love. Oh no we must have unconditional acceptance. We must approve. Or else.
R.R. Reno over at First Things has an article up on the increasing discrimination in Universities of professors and students who have the audacity to not approve.
“People can be very cruel when they imagine their beliefs to be self-evident, which happens when all dissent is silenced and censured. In a group-think atmosphere, those who disagree are seen as unthinking “fundamentalists” or hateful “bigots.” Even the most highly qualified and nuanced moral statements about homosexuality will be denounced as “homophobic” if they fall short of a full and unqualified affirmation of homosexuality.
Sexual liberation seems to have become the great moral cause. It is true that American schools expect ideological homogeneity on all manner of topics, and being pro-life or a person of faith—or even a Republican—can get you in trouble. But homosexuality alone seems to call forth the full repressive power of educational institutions.”
Read the whole thing here.
Jesus did say blessed are the persecuted. It is the cost of discipleship.
It is true that Catholic faith is never 100% acceptable. Every person must give up part of themselves in order to conform and fit with the will of God. As a teacher, the subject of homosexuality and homosexual marriage (secular) is a struggle to align with my Orthodox beliefs. I see so many heterosexual parents who make a mockery of both marriage and parenthood while also seeing gay parents treat one another with dignity and respect and parent well.
I have been truly blessed to find a Catholic man and to enjoy a sacramental marriage. My situation is very very rare. I pray that it becomes less rare, but I don’t see that trend happening.
This is a very tough subject in that we cannot accept as marriages, such unions, yet we must treat all with dignity, respect, and the love of Jesus. I suppose we need to reevaluate how we treat heterosexual marriages that are not sacramental. They are virtually identical to a gay marriage, aren’t they? Not self-giving, not fruitful, not faithful?
When sex is for entertainment and each person is allowed to be their own god, what makes one kind of non-sacramental marriage any different from another?
You have brought up a lot of points that deserve to be addressed. But it is way past my bed time right now, and your points deserve careful consideration. I will dedicate a post in the next few days to answer your concerns. Thank you for your comments.
God Bless and thank you for visiting,
I agree. It is so very hard to be honest about the situation and still show christian love. I have friends who are gay, and I have have lesbian friends who live together. I treat them with respect at work, and in my social circles. But when news articles get up my ire I post my feelings about same sex unions. Any two people living in a sexual relationship outside of sacramental marriage is against God’s will. It kind of does not matter if they are heterosexual or homosexual. So I am looking forward to your additional comments to help us understand it.
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All good dialogue but I shook my head at the thought that homosexual couples are better equiped to in dealing with their partners than hetrosexual couples. This has nothing to do with sexual orientation but with how society, not matter the religion regards the commitment of marriage. In regards to the article, when do we stop compromising our beliefs so that society does not label us as “haters”?