Only the First

The homosexual agenda continues to reveal itself, to exercise its intolerance and hatred towards those who disagree with same-sex “marriage” and who respect and observe instead the natural law, the divine moral law.  And the defenders of this unjust court ruling have the audacity to portray themselves as upright law-abiding citizens, when, in fact, the course to this law was fraught with the violating of existing laws and the denying of citizens’ votes.  All this, under a president who himself ignores those laws with which he personally disagrees.  The only binding precepts in America, increasingly, seem to be those arbitrarily invented just yesterday by leftists and imposed on all without mercy.  Civil laws that violate moral laws are only lawlessness in disguise.

Kentucky Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, a Born-Again Christian who refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, has been put in jail for adhering to her Christian faith, by order of US District Judge David L. Bunning.  This was entirely predictable.  Unless this unjust ruling which offers no hope to conscientious objectors is modified, Kim will be only the first among many to suffer fines and/or imprisonment.

This is what the mere freedom of worship allows – the persecution of those who actually practice their religion outside of a church building.  No, we do not want merely the liberty to shut ourselves up within buildings and there do our pious thing, for this would not be true Christianity.  Rather, we insist on true freedom of religion, on the liberty both to openly exercise our beliefs and to take part in the public debates of our times without fear of retribution from officials who disagree with us.  Christianity cannot be silenced; true faith cannot be concealed.  The Church’s very essence is missionary, to go out to all the nations and make disciples.  Therefore, the Christian religion must be public, and it will be public, regardless of the threats and punishments of a godless state.  Christians will die, rather than be gagged.  “Semen est sanguis Christianorum.”  “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” (Tertullian).

However, there is one fortunate aspect to this outrage: it is bad publicity for the homosexualist crusade.  The movement operates best by cover of night, in that the media fully cooperate with its objectives, reporting only what serves those objectives and neglecting to cover its more radical theories, intentions, and activities.  Hence, the poorly-informed American sees and hears through the liberal media only nice things about the gay rights movement, only benign stories about its admirable pursuit of tolerance and civil rights for all.  The story of Kim Davis exposes this delusion and reveals the true character of a movement that is ruthless, intolerant, and determined to crush all opposition, denying to citizens civil rights that they possessed only a month ago.

Freedom of conscience?  Forget it.  Submit or be fined and jailed.  Welcome to Brokeback America.

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“Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? – in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable?  Must the citizen even for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?  Why has every man a conscience, then?”

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”

– From Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

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“There are just laws, and there are unjust laws.  I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all'”.

“Now, what is the difference between the two?  How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God.  An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.  To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.”

– From the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty.  One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application.  In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.”

–  From the 2003 document, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Prefect

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