Conservative Christians have this desperate need to set themselves up as victims of persecution. Today at LifeSiteNews, Lisa Bourne writes (quoting a priest in part):
“When a Catholic is asked, ‘do you believe in gay “marriage,”’ he or she will be labeled a ‘bigot’ if they say ‘no,’ or a dissenting Catholic if they say ‘yes.’ It’s a no-win situation precisely because the question itself is based on a false understanding of marriage,” Fr. Lankeit said during the October 22 homily at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix.
First of all, the question is actually asking people if they approve of same-sex marriage. The word “believe” is misleading. I hate to break their bubble but we do not give a rat’s ass. The approval of Catholics is neither sought nor required. That approval is irrelevant. What we expect of people is to obey the law including nondiscrimination protections afforded LGBT people. People can comply with the law regardless of their irrelevant personal approval.
If people disobey nondiscrimination laws they are bigots as far as I am concerned. Another way to be labeled a bigot is to attempt to impose the catechism of the Catholic Church on public policy. Aside from the bigotry, doing so insults the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
Another way to be labeled a bigot is to disseminate false and misleading information about LGBT people. Claiming that being gay is a “lifestyle” is a form of bigotry. Claiming that sexual orientation is a choice is most certainly an expression of bigotry. Claiming that transgender people are confused is most certainly bigoted. It is misinformation that does not conform to medical science.
At the risk of repeating myself, and in conclusion, the world does not revolve around the opinions of conservative Catholics. They are free to believe whatever the hell they want regardless of how utterly moronic that belief might be. If you treat us poorly or if you lie about us you risk being labeled a bigot. Lisa Bourne and that priest are perpetrating the belief that gay people are desperate for approval. That is untrue but it does not rise to the level of bigotry. It’s close but it’s not.