Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Hate Bigoted Religious Hypocrites

     Yesterday, Roman Catholic Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed a bill that would have allowed domestic partners to make funeral arrangements for their deceased partnersThe Providence Journal  reports Carcieri's reasons for his veto:
    In his veto message, Republican Carcieri said: "This bill represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue.

    As written, he said the bill would allow the decisions of a "partner'' of a year to take precedence over "traditional family members,'' and he believes a "one year time period is not a sufficient duration to establish a serious bond between two individuals...[relative to] sensitive personal traditions and issues regarding funeral arrangements, burial rights and disposal of human remains.''
     Let it be known, Republican Carcieri is the supreme authority when it comes to determining the amount of time for a couple to develop a serious bond.   Evidently, seventeen years is not enough.  Last year in Rhode Island, Mark S. Goldberg engaged in a month-long battle to get Rhode Island state authorities to release to him the body of his partner of seventeen years, Ron Hanby.  Via The Providence Journal:

     Goldberg said he tried to show the police and the state medical examiner's office "our wills, living wills, power of attorney and marriage certificate" from Connecticut, but "no one was willing to see these documents." He said he was told the medical examiner's office was required to conduct a two-week search for next of kin, but the medical examiner's office waited a full week before placing the required ad in a newspaper. And then when no one responded, he said, they "waited another week" to notify another state agency of an unclaimed body.
     After four weeks, he said, a Department of Human Services employee finally "took pity on me and my plight -- reviewed our documentation and was able to get all parties concerned to release Ron's body to me," but then the cremation society refused to cremate Ron's body.
     Carcieri, strong Catholic that he is, is an outspoken member of the National Organization for Marriage, which was founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, responsible for large chunks of money and leadership in the campaigns to strip government sanctioned marriage rights from the citizens of California and Maine.  Carcieri claims that he doesn't discriminate against homosexual persons.  Hypocrite!

    In other Catholic leadership news, when Roman Catholic Bishop Janusz Kaleta was interviewed by eTN at the General Assembly of United Nations World Tourism Organization, he responded emphatically that homosexual persons are not welcome as tourists in the Vatican.  Here is Kaleta's response as reported by eTN:

    When asked if the Vatican is open to dialogue about welcoming such homosexual groups of tourists in the future, Bishop Kaleta responded that “such demonstrations are just not ethical.”
    Publisher Steinmetz [the interviewer] clarified that what was meant by gay travel was traveling for the purpose of a visit, not as a demonstration. To this the Bishop replied, “I consider if someone is homosexual, it is a provocation and an abuse of this place. Try to go to a mosque if you are not Muslim. It is abuse of our buildings and our religion because the church interprets our religion that it is not ethical. We expect respect of our church as we expect to respect that a person does not have to belong to the Catholic Church. If you have different ideas, go to a different location.”
So, let me get this right: just being homosexual is an abuse to the Vatican?  Does Kaleta not realize that Michealango and Bernini, the artists responsible for some of the most famous artwork and architecure in St. Peter's were gay?  And what of the Vatican police, the Swiss Guard, not to mention the popes and clergy?  Hypocrite!

     My final rant for the day: the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) supports the Salt Lake City's LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits housing and workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians?  WTF?  Is this the same LDS that funded smear campaigns in California and Maine, full of bigoted stereotypes and lies to strip homosexuals of their marriage rights?

     Of course it is.  Michael Otterson, the LDS's official representative to the council meeting, stated that the LDS uses "language that will always be respectful and acknowledge those who differ," but in the previous breath had just stated that the LDS supported the ordinance because it "does not do violence to the institution of marriage."  Am I missing something here?  How is saying that gays and lesbians do violence to the institution of marriage language that is respectful of those who are different?  Hypocrite!

But they do not discriminate in Christ's name.
They love.
Hypocrites!  All of them!