Are you for real? People of color, and Johnny Cash, have been singing about the G.O.D. for a long-ass time (“God Rocks,” March 3). I don’t hear you lamenting the presence of the J.C. in blues music — but when whitey gets righteous in song it’s apparently suspect. You make fun of Matisyahu for being a Phish fan in his early days — admittedly damaging, but I would like to have an outsider, maybe cooler than you, describe your days before finding yourself a snarky critic. Regardless, religious fundamentalism is harmful when used as a political tool of oppression. However, upliftin’ music with soul is not harmful or new and it’s only a plus if you can dance to it. Let the cynicism go, we’re sick of it out here, and question your own desire to be snarky — are you feeling emo today? Or just jealous. “Intellectuals do not believe in God, but they fear us just the same” — Badu. As for the Phoenix, what’s up with you? Are you owned by Clear Channel now, or what? No, seriously, you are not progressive or hip. You are the frat boy in the pit, and we hate you.
Adopting a position
It is sad news that Catholic Charities has chosen to halt adoptions in response to the radical agenda of the homosexual lobby (Editorial, March 10). Contrary to what progressives are claiming, it is homosexuals who are putting an ugly political agenda before the needs of vulnerable children. I don’t know when it became a sign of courage to refuse to hold a firm stance for or against any controversial subject, but it seems that in today’s milieu the unspoken compromises of silence and indifference are supposed to denote firmness of conviction. It is a good thing the Catholic Church has chosen to take a firm stance against this tide of relativism.
Miguel A. Guanipa
Regarding “Catholic Charities Depart From Tradition” (March 10), the gay-rights movement preaches diversity and tolerance. The Catholic Church views practicing homosexuals as mired in sin, as immoral, and as “gravely disordered.” Many do not like this stand, but tolerance is allowing others to live in accord with their beliefs, however much you may hate those beliefs. It would seem that universal conformity regarding views on any subject, including homosexuality, flies in the face of real and meaningful diversity. But it is a tendentious tolerance and a one-sided diversity that is preached from our new bully pulpits, even by the Phoenix in its news stories.
Massachusetts bishops have asked Catholic Charities to cease sponsoring adoptions by gay couples. The question is, can the Church act in accord with its beliefs? Can a truly Catholic charity be tolerated in our grand age of tolerance? Can a faith-based charity pick and choose to whom it will give children based on its ideals of morality and parental suitability? Can parents considering giving up a child have some assurance that the child will be raised by people who are not — to their minds — mired in sin, immoral, or gravely disordered? Does not the Church, too, have some civil rights?
Equality is not the highest good, nor is it the only right. Freedom is the freedom to choose for one’s own self, to live according to one’s own lights, free from government interference and overweening social coercion. But of course adoption, like same-sex marriage, is not really the issue. The true goal is to force us all to think of gay people, and same-sex sex acts, just as we do straight people and heterosexual sex, or at least to forever silence those of us who have the temerity to demur.