Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Another consequence of homosexual marriage -- bigger government.

Another example of what happens when homosexual marriage is legalized is the expansion of government. In Washington, DC which recently began legalizing same sex marriage, it's meant Christian charities which subscribe to Christian principles are marginalized and shut out of government efforts to help the needy.

Jay Richards points out:

The debate over marriage is about far, far more than what consenting adults do behind closed doors. In fact, it’s not about that at all. Witness the debate over Washington D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. The Left frames it as a simple matter of individual rights, but it’s really an opportunity to increase the jurisdiction of government and squeeze out private, religious charities.

In this case, Catholic Charities’ foster care program is getting the squeeze. The District has refused to provide a religious exemption to religious charities not willing to fudge their non-negotiable teachings on marriage. So the charity is going to lose $2 million in public funding, which means it has to close its operation in D.C. Dozens of other Catholic Charities programs now hang in the balance.

The District government seems to have contempt for the work of the charity:

Councilman David Catania, author of D.C.’s same-sex “marriage” bill, shrugged off the Church’s impact. “[Catholic Charities doesn't] represent, in my mind, an indispensable component of our social services infrastructure.”

Perhaps Catania doesn’t know that in the “last year alone, more than 124,000 people were fed, housed, treated, legally defended, or adopted as a result of Catholic Charities programs,” or maybe he thinks his cause should trump the well-being of such recipients. Or, maybe he thinks that the D.C. government can do a better job. We’ll see about that.

This incident causes me to question (once again) the wisdom of private religious charities receiving public funding, even for programs with secular purposes. I don’t think it unconstitutional to receive such funding. It’s just dangerous for religious charities that don’t want to become secular.

But more importantly, the incident shows that the debate over the definition of marriage is not about privacy, but about the relative role of the state, civil society, and nature of American public life from top to bottom. To put it bluntly, to impose a new definition of marriage on society, traditional religion must by necessity be purged from public life.

That means a further secularization of charity.

And as Richards' notes, it points out the problematic consequences of religious groups receiving government monies to help the poor. Liberals aren't concerned with helping the poor as much as they are with pressing their ideological agenda.


眼睛為貧 said...


elaine said...

Its historically, statistically, correct, and a fact that its liberals that give more to the poor, per dollar made, than any conservative.

It is also interesting that you would state all of this when you do not indeed stand for anything, but only stand against, and instead of perhaps giving to the poor, and to the children who do not have parents you put billions of dollars to put up billboards to stop people having abortions.

Its also the funniest thing ever, to hear from the largest group in the world that have divorces, the conservative Christians talk over and over again about traditional marriage, or perhaps that just goes along the lines of how you stand for nothing, since divorce is your thing!

John Helmberger said...

Elaine said...
"Its historically, statistically, correct, and a fact that its liberals that give more to the poor, per dollar made, than any conservative."

Only if you count their "giving" of other people's money through redistributive tax and spending policies. I challenge you to produce any evidence that liberals give more than or even as much as conservatives out of their own pockets as a percent of their income.