Only if it agrees with my way of life…

Are you as horrified as I am about how some parts of this great country of ours is quickly regressing? We are falling back into the days of open discrimination and pure hatred. Two examples that stood out to me today are:

1. the Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070
2. A Catholic school in Colorado denying a preschooler admission because he has two moms.

I am going to try to keep this very brief.
Let’s start with Arizona. The Governor signed a bill stating police are to stop anyone they believe may be an illegal immigrant and demand they provide papers proving they are in the U.S. legally. If they cannot provide papers, but they are a U.S. citizen, this is a state crime which will be enforced by a monetary fine. The Governor says the law is not to racially profiling. Seriously? When the Governor was asked what an illegal immigrant looked like, she didn’t know. Watch out anyone with an accent. Better keep your papers on you at all times.

Now, over to Boulder, Colorado where a preschooler was not allowed to re-enroll because his moms are lesbians. As noted in the Colorado Daily, “No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese”.

Wait, so lesbians are out but sexually abusive priests are ok? As noted by the Young Turks, what about divorced parents? Are they allowed to enroll their children? I’m guessing if they eliminated all the parents who do not “subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese” they will have a really small attendance.

We are falling behind, people. Let’s not let them put us in little boxes. What ever happened to the greater good for all? The all seems to be turning into the “all” that are just like me.

“No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese,” the statement said.
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5 responses to “Only if it agrees with my way of life…”

  1. David says :

    I’ll be brief, too. I’m glad that the governor of AZ is doing something, even if it’s not the right thing. We have to get immigration under control. It would be ok if illegals couldn’t get drivers licenses, but since they can, that no longer proves that you’re a citizen. I don’t know what the right answer is, just that an answer is needed to curb illegal immigrants and treat them with dignity.

    Now, on to the reason for my comment. Who EVER said that sexually abusive priests were ok? It has always been seen as a problem, and it was sometimes handled badly by their bishops, but it was never “OK”. But it does not have any relation to the kids of the lesbian parents.
    On that subject, I don’t know if the diocese was aware that the parents were gay, or what, but often Catholic schools operate autonomously of the archdiocese, but when an error occurs in the school, the archdiocese steps in. What about divorced parents? There’s not a problem with parents getting a divorce, divorce is not against church doctrine. Trying to remarry without getting an annulment is a problem, because marriage is a covenant with God, and cannot be destroyed, except when it becomes obvious that the marriage was never valid in God’s eyes.
    You may not agree with these points, but it’s the way it is. Good luck.

    • penni4urthoughts says :

      Thanks for your input. I always appreciate reading intelligent opposing views.
      That said, do you really believe it is better to take action on an issue even if the action is wrong? I agree with you we do need to deal with the issue of illegal immigration, but the fact is that racial profiling is illegal, and that is what this law evokes.
      As for the sexually abusive priests; I’m not going to pretend to be educated on Catholicism, but actions speak louder than words. By hiding the truth for 10’s of years, the church condoned this behavior.
      As far as divorce is concerned, what you are saying is that divorce is ok as long as you do not re-marry? I understand this and based on Mark 10:11-12 I’m not sure where the annulment comes into play?
      My point is that the church has a right to refuse whomever they want to enter it’s school, but if you are going to you the basis of the schools philosophy then they need to enforce it all around.

      • David says :

        No, it’s not better, I grant you. But isn’t this the attitude of the Obama administration on health care? I believe that some racial profiling is necessary for national security. For example, it’s not an 80 year old white lady that should be patted down at airport security…
        Regarding the priest sex abuse thing, what you need to know is that very seldom was anything ‘hidden’. There are many cases, in fact the most notorious ones, where the authorities were notified of the problem, and chose to let the Church deal with it. The church didn’t scream it to the hills because they wanted to give privacy and dignity to ALL parties, but the victims, mostly. This is not to say that they handled it right in many cases.

        Regarding divorce, you got the passage correct: He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;
        and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” This does not prohibit divorce, but remarriage. There are many cases where a marriage is put in force where the couple were not in the right frame of mind to marry. Underage, marrying against your will, marriage where you don’t know what you’re promising (til death do us part, etc), not being open to children, all of these are possible reasons for an annulment. An annulment is a proclamation by the Church that the marriage never existed in the first place.
        I’m pretty certain, though not 100%, that the Archdiocese did not know the home situation of the children before they enrolled them, and there’s some speculation that this was done on purpose, for political reasons on the part of the mothers. Again, this is not proven. They don’t like divorce to happen, but practically speaking, it does, sometimes. But homosexuality is against all the beliefs of the church, as is abortion. What I want to know is, if you don’t believe what the Catholic Church teaches, then why be Catholic, and why have your kids instructed in the Catholic Church?

      • penni4urthoughts says :

        I appreciate your input and also have to keep in mind that there is a great difference between the church and the bible.
        Also, whose to say the parents are not Catholic? Again my point was just to say that if the church is going to exculde the child because of his parents, they need to follow through in all cases.
        Oh, and it really is not fair to compare health care with immigration. First, they are completely seperate issues. Secondly, I do have health care, and yes it is better to have some then not be covered at all.

  2. wok3 says :

    Glad the Governor is doing something even it is the wrong thing? Hope you’re not a surgeon or a pilot… or a police officer, race car driver, school bus driver, well, you get the idea.

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