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May 13, 2009

Is ’hate’ a badge of honor?

K of C Is hate a badge of honor, especially for Christians who hold Scripture to be the ultimate source of revelation and inspiration? Not if you go by the traditional understanding of the word “hate.” But apparently the contemporary definition of “hate” is another matter.

An amateur blogger and IT technician with no political experience -- and clearly no understanding of the U.S. Constitution -- recently protested (note: website contains suggestive ads) the Knights of Columbus, the well-respected Catholic men’s group. The Knights were raising money outside of grocery stores for disabled children and other noble causes. 

However, because they were for Proposition 8 in California, the proposition that upheld traditional marriage, Brad Allison had to put a stop to their fundraising. In the name of “justice” he petitioned individuals who were approached by the Knights not to donate to a “hate” group that he felt was analogous to the Ku Klux Klan. He went so far as to speak with a manager of his local Giant store, and subsequently the Knights were kicked off the property. However, Allison didn’t have the same influence over the Knights’ work at two Safeway locations. 

Now protesting the Knights of Columbus through online advocacy, Allison wants to keep bringing attention to the Knights' position on same-sex marriage. This is what perplexed me the most. Who doesn’t know that the Knights of Columbus are a part of the Catholic Church, a Church that has long been opposed to same-sex marriage? 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “…tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law.” Regarding the treatment of homosexuals, the Catechism goes on to say, “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” 

But Allison clearly assumes that in treating homosexuals with respect, we are also called to facilitate their corrupted lifestyle. Allison’s shock regarding the Knights' stance on same-sex marriage shows his ignorance regarding Scripture and Catholic teaching. 

So, I now come back to my original point. In light of Allison’s rejection of the Knights of Columbus, it would seem that “hate” is defined as "the rejection of the value liberals hold most dear: the value of relative morality." In this view, sexual morality is relative and sexual identity is intrinsic to the person. So even though exclusive homosexual behavior is evolutionary suicide, liberals continue to proclaim the need for same-sex marriage while Christians are combating the deep-rooted plague of relativism.

My question is still unanswered: is “hate” a badge of honor? Given the new definition of hate, I would say yes. If the left finds Christians such a threat to unnatural lifestyles, then I’d say we should be proud to be in their crosshairs. Christians will never give in to a relativist theory of morality. We believe in God the Father Almighty, and in His sacred scripture we learn that homosexuality is not what He has intended for us. 

(Image © Knights of Columbus)

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I remember a phrase out of ancient history back when I was in college...

"...The LATE Ancient Greeks valued the male to male relationship above the male-female relationship "

(and in an internet search I discovered such men who wanted their relationships with other men/women...yet also wanted to breed a son and heir.

THEN they would find and marry some good young woman---who would be kept in the corner---maybe to tend the estate while he partied with whatever men (andor women) he wanted to party with.)

(Thus, the concepts of Christian marriage, when they hit the ancient Roman culture, incredibly lifted up the status of women)

With in vitro fertilization, and mandatory right to adopt by gay couples, perhaps we have a new hi tech permutation of this situation.
And unfortunately some (tho not all) gay leaders wish to forcibly "convert" or at least "hound and hamstring" those who disagree with them with the force of no longer impartial law.

Jason Taylor

Reminds me of a story I heard where President Clinton called Marines "extremists" only to find that they found the designation quite pleasing.

Dan Gill

No, hate is not a badge of honor. Except when it comes to hating sin. The problem is that we have let activists define terms.

Billy Atwell

Dan, the whole point is that the word "hate" from the radical gay agenda IS a badge of honor for Christians. They don't mean it the way you and I do. You're right though, they are defining the terms and we shouldn't allow that. Understanding what they mean when they speak is important. Allison calls the Knights of Columbus a "hate" group because they are speaking truth. Do Catholics hate(the way we define "hate") gays? No, that WOULD be a terrible badge to wear, but reading the Catechism quells that dilemma for understanding Catholic teaching.

Dan Gill

So let's work at re-defining the terms.

Chris Clukey

Let's let our Savior have the last word on this:

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."--Matthew 5:10-12

Sounds like a badge of honor to me.

Anne Morse

Catholics who live near that Giant may want to start shopping at Safeway from now on....I wonder if it occurred to the Giant manager that there are far more Catholics than homosexuals?

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