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    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

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Discriminating Care for Children

Posted by Dale Kuehne on February 19, 2010

Why can’t we all get along?”

We are stardust
Billion-year-old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Joni Mitchell, Woodstock


One Response to “Discriminating Care for Children”

  1. Lauren Fithian said

    My understanding is that according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Homosexual people must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity.” Further: “All unjust discrimination toward them should be avoided.” It is also my understanding that, in a 1997 pastoral statement entitled “Always Our Children,” the U.S. Catholic bishops make the point that “Nothing in the Bible or Catholic teaching can be used to justify prejudicial or discriminatory attitudes and behaviors toward homosexual persons.” And, further: “The fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and all of us must strive to eliminate any form of injustice, oppression or violence against them.” The words sound good but the actions display bigotry.

    Calling adoption by gays “gravely immoral” exposes the Vatican’s antipathy toward gays. An antipathy apparently based more on the teaching that something about gay people is “intrinsically disordered”–even though the same Church teaches they are fully children of God and should be treated as such. The hypocrisy displayed–words/teachings vs real world actions–puts the Catholic Church out of step in the U.S. where more and more citizens recognize the full humanity of gay people and do not carry an irrational paranoia about according gays full civil rights.

    This goes back to the first Toqueville passage posted several weeks ago which suggests that we should think long and hard about either tearing down or building up institutions etc… when we have lived with or without them, as the case may be, for a long time. Those of us, individuals or institutions, who cannot find a way past historical bigotry and prejudice towards gays, are resting lazily on elements of doctrines or philosophies that need to be torn down. Whether they ever served any positive ends I am not sure, but today they serve only the negative ends of discrimination, fear and stratification into classes of people accorded full humanity and people not accorded full humanity.

    Finally, when we label adoption by gay parents as “gravely immoral” we are telling an awful lot of well-adjusted and well-loved children that something is horribly wrong with their parents and their families. That ought also to be considered gravely immoral.

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