If one were cynical, one might be tempted to think that the Catholic archdiocese of Washington was attempting to coerce leaders into putting a stop on a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the District of Columbia. But since we’re never cynical ’round these parts of the web, we’ll just go with the official line from the church: “we are afraid that gays might infiltrate our ranks, or that we might have to be nice to them and offer them blankets.”
Right, so anyway, the Catholic church is threatening to stop all service to the poor of Washington DC if the bill legalizing gay marriage is passed. This bill also requires any organization which uses city money to not discriminate against homosexuals. The church is afraid that if they continue to partner with the city to run 1/3 of DC’s homeless shelters that they would be required to hire gay people to work in those shelters (because there’s a huge line of queers knocking down Catholic Charities’ door with job applications) , they’re also afraid that they might have to–God forbid–extend their poverty relief and adoption services to gay people (gayness is contagious, it’s in the Bible).
Allowing gays to be part of the Catholic church or any church would, of course, be a serious reversal of the status quo (as it stands there aren’t any gay catholics, or gay bible college students), but are they really willing to walk away from Jesus (personified in the least of these) over it? In the words of Stephen Colbert, “After all, Jesus said, ‘If you want to be perfect sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor…unless a couple of dudes register at the Pottery Barn, in which case f**k the poor.'”
I’m all for making a moral stand on some things (probably not this thing, but some things), but when your moral stand means you have to move from the sheep section to the goat section of Matthew 25, is it still moral, or is it just a stand?