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Get out of San Francisco!" (San Fran Board Supervisors Condemns Catholic Church)
California Catholic Daily ^ | April 24, 2007

Posted on 04/30/2007 12:10:50 PM PDT by NYer

Was the San Francisco Board of Supervisors constitutionally justified in passing an explicitly anti-Catholic resolution, adopted March 21, 2006, which labeled the Vatican a “foreign country” whose moral teachings are “hateful,” “insulting and callous,” and “insulting to all San Franciscans”?

In December, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said it was. Last week, the Thomas More Law Center filed a brief with the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and two Catholic residents of San Francisco appealing Patel’s ruling.

The 2006 resolution, which called on the archbishop to “defy” the Church’s teachings and described Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as “unqualified” to lead, was a reaction to the Church’s opposition to adoptions by homosexual couples.

Judge Patel, appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter and former counsel for the National Organization for Women, ruled that the Board of Supervisors’ resolution urging the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco to ignore his Church’s teachings, did not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Establishment Clause, found in the First Amendment, prohibits the government from interfering with the free practice of religion – or favoring one religion over another. The Thomas More Law Center says the Supervisors’ resolution sends a clear message that Catholics are not welcome as members of the San Francisco political community.

“Judge Patel clearly exhibited hostility toward the Catholic Church,” said Richard Thompson, chief counsel for the Thomas More Law Center. In her ruling, the judge claimed that the Church “provoked” the Board of Supervisors by voicing its moral teaching, and that the Board reacted “responsibly” by adopting its resolution, which called Catholic beliefs “defamatory,” “absolutely unacceptable,” “insensitive,” and “ignorant.”

The week after the anti-Catholic resolution, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted, again unanimously, to condemn some 25,000 Evangelical teens who had gathered in the city to express their opposition to homosexual conduct. Openly gay San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno said the Christian teenagers were “obnoxious” and “disgusting” and “should not be tolerated.” He told the Christian group to “get out of San Francisco!”

“My concern is that, if the judge’s ruling is allowed to stand, it will further embolden the San Francisco Board in its anti-Christian attacks,” said Thompson.

“Our constitution plainly forbids government hostility toward any religion, including the Catholic faith,” said Thomas More Law Center attorney Robert Muise, who is handling the Ninth Circuit appeal. “In total disregard for the Constitution, homosexual activists have misused the instruments of government to attack the Catholic Church. Their egregious abuse of power now has the backing of a federal judge."

The Catholic Church teaches that allowing homosexuals to adopt children does violence to the children by placing them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. The Church finds such policies gravely immoral, and forbids Catholic organizations from placing children for adoption in homosexual households.

The 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch for both the city and county of San Francisco.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; US: California
KEYWORDS: anticatholic; antichristian; atheismandstate; catholic; evangelical; homosexualagenda; religiousintolerance; sanfrancisco
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1 posted on 04/30/2007 12:10:53 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
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2 posted on 04/30/2007 12:11:24 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

San Francisco: 49 square miles surrounded by reality. -Paul Kantner


3 posted on 04/30/2007 12:12:25 PM PDT by RexBeach (Americans never quit. -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: NYer
Sodom By The Bay is opposed to ALL religion which it views as "hateful and disgusting." Personally, I think its just as well if righteous people abandoned that den of depravity.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 04/30/2007 12:13:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NYer

Tolerance for the immoral, out with the moral? :/


5 posted on 04/30/2007 12:14:07 PM PDT by fatboynic
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To: NYer
I still haven’t been able to determine if San Francisco is really Sodom or Gomorrah.
6 posted on 04/30/2007 12:14:17 PM PDT by scooter2 (The greatest threat to the security of the United States is the Democratic Party.)
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To: NYer

Saint Francis must be rolling in his grave..........


7 posted on 04/30/2007 12:15:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: RexBeach
Liberals should get out of America.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 04/30/2007 12:15:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NYer

San Fag Freakshow needs to fall into the ocean!


9 posted on 04/30/2007 12:16:02 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: NYer

Hard to understand how the resolution is not a violation of the Establishment Clause.


10 posted on 04/30/2007 12:16:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NYer

There came a time when Lot had to leave Sodom.


11 posted on 04/30/2007 12:17:06 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: NYer

How soon will they be changing the name of the city to Sodom?


12 posted on 04/30/2007 12:17:06 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: NYer

If the Christians leave will there be ten righteous men in the city?


13 posted on 04/30/2007 12:19:21 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: NYer

I’m not Catholic, but they have my full support on this one. A total breach of the First Amendment.


14 posted on 04/30/2007 12:21:36 PM PDT by jack_napier
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To: NYer

I wonder what the Archbishop has done. Has he made a public statement of the Archdiocese’s commitment to proclaiming the Catholic Faith and observing Christian moral teaching without compromise?


15 posted on 04/30/2007 12:24:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("And he had turned the Prime Minister's teacup into a gerbil.")
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To: Brilliant

I suppose they can flap their diseased lips all they please about how “hateful” the church is. What weight does a “resolution” really have? The question is, will they get up enough courage to actually ban Catholicism from the city? Now THAT would violate the Establishment Clause!


16 posted on 04/30/2007 12:24:39 PM PDT by Pete98 (After his defeat by the Son of God, Satan changed his name to Allah and started over.)
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To: NYer

Evil calling good evil. The world’s going upside down. Sometime’s it seem as though {some of} the people of San Francisco are determined to provoke the wrath of God!


17 posted on 04/30/2007 12:25:14 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: NYer

Our Federal Government should take over San Franfreeco. These people will keep doing this because nobody is doing anything about it.


18 posted on 04/30/2007 12:25:19 PM PDT by RC2
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To: NYer

Nothing angers the gaystapo more than the truth.


19 posted on 04/30/2007 12:25:52 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: goldstategop

I agree; they could just have well been condemning Mormons, Russian Orthodox or Orthodox Jewish persons.


20 posted on 04/30/2007 12:26:53 PM PDT by MSF BU
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To: Pete98

I don’t know if they can legally flap their lips. It’s preaching—weighing in on religious matters. Certainly, if they made the opposite pronouncement, that Christianity is good, that would be a violation.


21 posted on 04/30/2007 12:27:47 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NYer

I am also in opposition to adoptions by homosexual couples, homosexual singles.


22 posted on 04/30/2007 12:28:26 PM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: NYer

bump


23 posted on 04/30/2007 12:29:01 PM PDT by GOPJ ( When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals."- Churchill)
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To: NYer

When they change the name from Saint Francis to Sin City.


24 posted on 04/30/2007 12:30:09 PM PDT by AU72
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To: NYer
Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch of the City and County of San Francisco.

One of these, Gerardo Sandoval, was on H&C. "Sandoval appeared on Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" on February 14, 2006 and declared repeatedly, to the astonishment of both hosts, that the United States should have no military forces."

The mentality of these San Franciso degenerates belongs in another country.

25 posted on 04/30/2007 12:31:31 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NYer
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel...appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter


26 posted on 04/30/2007 12:31:58 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: NYer
Patel is a liberal judge even by S.F. standards. Since this is in the Ninth Circus, they’ll have to get this in front of the Supremes to get any justice.
27 posted on 04/30/2007 12:32:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Brilliant
Don't you know that liberals interpret the establishment clause as a mandate for the government to be hostile to all religion? According to the gAy-CLU interpretation, the first amendment only forbids the government from endorsing religion, not in condemning it!
28 posted on 04/30/2007 12:34:30 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: NYer; monkapotamus; All

I wonder if Frisco realize that San Francisco was named after Cathoic monk or priest

And sorry to break your bubble Frisco judge but I am sorry half of California was named after Christians name

MY city for example Los Angeles mean in Spanish City of Angels


29 posted on 04/30/2007 12:35:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NYer

Anybody have a copy of the same manifesto that they wrote against Islam, condemning it for it’s attitude towards women and homosexuals?


30 posted on 04/30/2007 12:35:32 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: NYer

As a Franciscan, I am quite frankly disgusted that they would keep the name San Francisco. They should change it to HEll and be done with it.


31 posted on 04/30/2007 12:37:46 PM PDT by rbosque
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To: NYer

Maybe they should cite my ex-partners decision concerning post offices.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Religion has no place in post offices run by churches and other private contractors, a federal judge has ruled, citing the constitutional separation of church and state.

U.S. District Judge Dominic J. Squatrito, in a case involving a church-run post office in Manchester, ordered the Postal Service to notify the nearly 5,200 facilities run by contractors that they cannot promote religion through pamphlets, displays or any other materials.


32 posted on 04/30/2007 12:38:31 PM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: colorado tanker
Patel is a liberal judge even by S.F. standards. Since this is in the Ninth Circus, they’ll have to get this in front of the Supremes to get any justice.

I'd vote for cert in this case. Sound like the supervisors are creeping toward prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

33 posted on 04/30/2007 12:39:58 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find)
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To: FormerLib; NYer; Tax-chick

Tolerance in action....

New death threats against Italian bishops’ leader

Genoa, Apr. 30, 2007 (CWNews.com) - A new death threat against the president of the Italian bishops’ conference has forced officials in the Genoa archdiocese to increase security around Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco.

This weekend, officials of the Genoa archdiocese reported receiving an envelope containing a bullet and a photo of the archbishop.

Police in Genoa— who had already assigned officers to guard the prelate— quickly increased their security presence around him. Archbishop Bagnasco was flanked by guards as he celebrated Mass in Genoa’s cathedral on Sunday, and plain-clothes police were present in the congregation.

Archbishop Bagnasco became the target of threats soon after he was selected to head the Italian bishops’ conference, and issued a strong public statement in opposition to a bill that would offer legal recognition of same-sex unions. Genoa’s cathedral and other Catholic churches in the city— and elsewhere around the country— have been defaced by spray-painted slogans denouncing Archbishop Bagnasco and in some cases hinting at violence against him.

The Italian bishops’ conference declined to comment on the latest threat against the archbishop, explaining that any public statement comments might encourage further tension. Spokesmen for the Genoa archdiocese said that the threat was the work of “extremists,” and some Church officials suggested that the bullet could have been sent by a single individual looking to create a public furor. But police seemed to take the threat seriously, and security agents did not leave the archbishop’s side during his Sunday public appearance.


34 posted on 04/30/2007 12:43:02 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Dead Ráibéad.... Lifelong Irish Papist!)
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To: goldstategop

“Personally, I think its just as well if righteous people abandoned that den of depravity. “

Worked well enough for lot, just dont look back..


35 posted on 04/30/2007 12:43:42 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak....)
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To: scooter2
I still haven’t been able to determine if San Francisco is really Sodom or Gomorrah.

Sodom. Mostly homosexual men.

Berkeley is Gomorrah. Mostly dykes and lesbians.

I once dropped a quarter when in San Francisco. I left it there and walked on.

36 posted on 04/30/2007 12:43:56 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: NYer
If I was given a house, two cars, a nice job, and a super model, I wouldn’t live in San Francisco.

I would miss the super model, though.

37 posted on 04/30/2007 12:44:41 PM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: SevenofNine

San Francisco was named after St. Francis of Assisi who wasn’t a priest or a monk.

He was the founder of the Franciscan movement within the Catholic Church and he was a deacon.


38 posted on 04/30/2007 12:44:48 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: jimfree

Yep. I don’t remember bigotry this bad back in the bad old days of the Klan and the Blaine amendments.


39 posted on 04/30/2007 12:45:20 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jack_napier

Amen. Who’s next, the Jews?


40 posted on 04/30/2007 12:47:13 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings ("The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests." Andrew Jackson, President of U.S.)
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To: NYer

Wonder if San Franciscans ever remember just WHOM founded the city...


41 posted on 04/30/2007 12:47:36 PM PDT by meandog (Protect your 2nd Amendment Rights...Join the NRA!)
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To: pax_et_bonum

OH OKAY just wondering

I thought so it was deacon but wasn’t sure


42 posted on 04/30/2007 12:48:12 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NYer

The persecution and repression of Christians has to start somewhere, and I guess San Fransisco is as logical a place as any.


43 posted on 04/30/2007 12:49:43 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Here’s something related to your post -

did you know that “Secular Humanism” is a recognized religion when it comes to the “free exercise” clause, but not (according to the 9th Circus) for the “establishment” clause?


44 posted on 04/30/2007 12:50:53 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Vision
appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter

Next time some Clymer tells you "he votes for the person, not the party," remind the stupid SOB of how many Jimmy Carter Jerk Judges are still screwing this country up. If you ever meet a Ross Perot supporter, tell him the same thing, followed by a swift kick to his Democrat enabling region.

45 posted on 04/30/2007 12:51:20 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Crazies to the Left of me. Wimps to the Right.)
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To: NYer

How did such a beautiful city become so infested with
such ugly people?


46 posted on 04/30/2007 12:51:39 PM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: Syncro

“I once dropped a quarter when in San Francisco. I left it there and walked on.”

LOL!!


47 posted on 04/30/2007 12:51:45 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
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To: chatham

Belated ping!


48 posted on 04/30/2007 12:54:53 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: Red Badger

“Saint Francis must be rolling in his grave..........”

Yeah, and let’s dump that bigoted name while we’re at it ... J. Patel


49 posted on 04/30/2007 12:55:11 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SevenofNine

It’s a little technical, but I thought I’d let you know.

He was an amazing man and has been called (by, I think, Pope Leo XIII) the greatest saint next to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


50 posted on 04/30/2007 12:55:13 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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