OP-ED About Sign At Achushnet, MA Church Way Off Base
By Tom Wholley
In an op-ed in the New Bedford Standard Times (South Coast Today entitled Your View: St Francis sign embarrasses Acushnet, the authors commented on the large sign in front of the St Francis Xavier Parish of Acushnet, MA by saying the message was “a shameful insolent act” and then followed with a perplexing question: How could anyone post such hurtful, grievous words about another human being”?.
So right off the bat they were simply ignoring the fact that the Catholic Church was expressing an opinion, which is why I responded at the online post by leaving a comment that said basically “lighten up”. I suppose in the minds of the authors, they do not have the right to their own opinion unless it is politically correct, or agrees with their view. So I’ll skip the part where I cited the First Amendment of the Constitution, which covers religious freedom as well as freedom of speech and go right to their accusation that the words are “hurtful and grievous”.
Compared to the hostile and much more judgmental rhetoric on the signs of homosexual activists who showed up last Sunday, or the telephone calls to the church threatening several acts of violence including burning the church down, the Church’s response to President Obama’s sudden change of position on gay marriage last week couldn’t be more innocuous or civil
I mean, there is not a hint of hatred or personal condemnation in the message they conveyed on their sign that they posted on “THEIR PROPERTY”, only one that is consistent with the church’s long standing position that marriage is between a man and a woman.
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SIGN AT ACUSHNET, MA CHURCH WAY OFF BASE