Friday, November 6, 2009

I Hate the Catholic Church (and Its Deep Pockets)

     Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison you did not care for me." (Mt 25:41-43)

     The Roman Catholic Church topped $550,000 in donations to strip Maine's LGBT citizens of their equal marriage rights.

     In California last year, U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops gave $200,000 to strip California's LGBT citizens of their equal rights.  The Catholic men's club: the Knights of Columbus gave over $1.3 million to pass Proposition 8.

    Let's see what good the Catholic Church could have done with that money rather than using it for hateful purposes.

          $550,000
          $200,000
    +$1,300,000
       $2,050,000

 $2,050,000 would buy:
     That's just for starters!

     This number is the bare bones, lowest estimate of Catholic donations.  It does not include private donations by Catholic individuals, households, and private businesses.  Nor does it include donations by dioceses in the Proposition 8 Campaign. Nor does it include cost of donations to ballot measures in Washington, Arkansas, Florida, Arizona, Kalamazoo, etc. etc. etc. etc.  Nor does it include the cost of producing videos, pamphlets, bulletin inserts, commercials, etc. etc. etc. etc.

     Hundreds of millions of tax exempt dollars have been spent by churches and churchgoers in the past decade to take away and/or deny rights to LGBT Americans.  Think of all the good that could have been done with that money, all of the "gospel values" that could have been realized.

     It's time for the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, Focus on the Family, and so many other religious lobbying machines to lose their tax-exempt status. Deny me equal rights I'm going to fight to deny you as well.

I'm with Sarah Silverman
It's time to sell the Vatican and feed the world!

Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'  He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me."  (Mt 25:44-45)