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Court to government: OK to diss Catholics (calling church 'hateful' serves 'secular' purpose)
Worldnetdaily ^ | 6/5/2009 | Bob Unruh

Posted on 06/05/2009 5:37:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Authorities in San Francisco who called the beliefs of the Catholic Church "hateful," "callous," and an "insult," – and urged members to disobey them – have been given the go-ahead by a panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to express such hate because it serves a "secular" purpose.

"It is not a stretch to compare the San Francisco Board's actions to that of the Nazi Germany policy of 'Gleichschaltung:' vilifying Jews as an auxiliary to and laying the groundwork for more repressive policies, including the final solution of extermination," said Richard Thompson, the president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, which represented the Catholic League and several individuals in the church in their complaint against the city.

"The policy of San Francisco is one of totalitarian intolerance of Christians of all denominations who oppose homosexual conduct," Thompson continued. "My concern is that if this ruling is allowed to stand, it will further embolden anti-Christian attacks."

In fact, WND has reported in recent days on a campaign to notify members of the U.S. Senate of the problems that could come from a bill that already has passed the U.S. House and is pending in the Senate. Critics confirm that it would allow the actual criminalization of criticism when it is directed to homosexuality.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 would provide special protections to homosexual people but leave Christian ministers open to prosecution should their teachings be linked to any subsequent offense, by anyone, against a homosexual person. Sen. Jim DeMint., R-S.C., today confirmed he'll formally oppose the plan in the Senate.

The current opinion from the court stemmed from a resolution adopted by the board of supervisors for the city in 2006.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; courts; secular

1 posted on 06/05/2009 5:37:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"The policy of San Francisco is one of totalitarian intolerance of Christians of all denominations who oppose homosexual conduct,"

Well duh.

Who knew they liked that kind of stuff in San Francisco?

2 posted on 06/05/2009 5:40:11 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: SeekAndFind

An Episcopalian, I acknowledge the Roman Catholic Church to be the Mother Church of Christianity...thought about becoming a RC myself after Vickie Gene was coronated in the Diocese of N.H. Would have done it but wanted to be a good RC and being a good RC takes too much discipline and a leap of faith in certain theological philosophies.


3 posted on 06/05/2009 5:42:12 PM PDT by meandog (Bush: the family that keeps on giving! (Souter, Sotomayor, Read My Lips, Mission Accomplished))
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To: humblegunner

SF is the most sick and twisted place in the USA. They are the true haters and spew poison at anyone that disagrees with them.

Ground zero of totalitarianism in the USA. That and Berkeley. All dissenters will be shot!

That is coming! Mark my words.


4 posted on 06/05/2009 5:45:56 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: SeekAndFind

This crap used to be drip.....drip......drip.

Now the floodgates are fully open.


5 posted on 06/05/2009 5:47:38 PM PDT by bustinchops
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To: whitedog57

Something like Sodom, there is really nothing new under the sun....just the same old sins....and persecutions..


6 posted on 06/05/2009 5:48:21 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: SeekAndFind
So,in turn,would it be OK for the Archbishop of San Francisco to refer to the SF City Council as a bunch of pervert lovers who have never seen an act of moral depravity that they didn't applaud?
7 posted on 06/05/2009 5:48:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 would provide special protections to homosexual people but leave Christian ministers open to prosecution should their teachings be linked to any subsequent offense, by anyone, against a homosexual person.

A great place to live. NOT

8 posted on 06/05/2009 5:49:17 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: SeekAndFind
Great! Does this mean that Catholic priests can finally condemn from their pulpits all of the morally corrupt politicians - or will they still threaten to take aware the church's tax free land.

Maybe they can adopt this as the new city logo.


9 posted on 06/05/2009 6:37:32 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Great! Does this mean that Catholic priests can finally condemn from their pulpits all of the morally corrupt politicians - or will they still threaten to take aware the church's tax free land.

Maybe they can adopt this as the new city logo.


10 posted on 06/05/2009 6:39:16 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It won’t be long before S.F. outlaws the Bible.


11 posted on 06/05/2009 6:43:28 PM PDT by mtg
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The next casualty of socialist purity: Hate Speech from every Hotel night stand, the Gideon Bible.

Like the bonfires fires of prewar Germany, the PC brownshirts will see this as a victory for the homosexuals and a more tolerant society for those who are “correct” today. Who will be next?

12 posted on 06/05/2009 7:26:55 PM PDT by keving (We get the government we vote for)
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