Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez: Violate Your Public School's Nondiscrimination Policy & No Tax Dollars for You

     In April I wrote of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision that could go either way.  Today, the Court ruled 5-4, turning away the appeal of a case of the Christian Legal Society which sued the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in an attempt to get university funding for their religious group that bars homosexual from membership and violates the law school's nondiscrimination policies.  What a pleasant Monday morning surprise!

     The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that a Christian student group that bars LGBT members and their allies cannot receive official recognition and funding from a public law school.  The case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, centered on the Christian Legal Society at the University of California Hastings College of Law. The student group refused membership to LGBT individuals and those who advocate for them, and sued when the university denied institutional support to the group in response.
     “The CLS requires that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards ‘unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle’ as being inconsistent with that faith.”
     Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who delivered the majority opinion, wrote that CLS sought a “preferential exemption” from the university's all-comers policy. The judgment said that the group's First Amendment rights were not violated by the public college's decision... Ginsburg was joined in the opinion by justices Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer, and Sotomayor. Justices Alito, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas dissented.

Dolan Forced Gay-Friendly Catholic Parish to March with Nameless Banner in Pride Parade

Banner Bashing Timothy Dolan via SILive/AP

     When he's not busy working his way up to cardinal by defending Pope Benedict's handling of priest rapists, he's picking on the gay friendly parish of St. Francis Xavier and their gay-friendly outreach at New York's Pride parade.

     In a letter to his parish, Father Joseph Costatino wrote:
     In past years, a group of parishioners from our parish who are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gendered (LGBT) Ministries have participated in the Gay Pride March. They displayed a banner identifying themselves as parishioners of St. Francis Xavier parish. This year, Archbishop Dolan has requested that this group refrain from displaying the parish banner as they March.The participation of parishioners in the March provides an opportunity to spread the message of God’s unconditional love and thus is a form of evangelization... Nevertheless, the display of the parish banner may give the false impression that the parish is somehow serving as a sponsoring organization or officially endorsing other sentiments that may appear in the course of the March.  Avoiding such confusion is the motivation for the Archbishop’s request.
+Tim Smoking out the Masses via Church Times
     Dolan wouldn't want Catholics to be seen or identified with "sinners."  That would be too much like that crazy Jesus, who surrounded himself with "sinners," befriended them, and supposedly died for them.

     Dolan is a homophobic hypocrite and needs to lay off the incense and lace for a while.

     The news report embedded below tells the story of +Tim's telling the group from Francis Xavier to march with their anonymous (Catholic-friendly) banner.