Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Off They Go

The Catholic Diocese of Washington DC is making threats:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington wants the city to change its proposal to legalize same-sex marriages to exempt the church from the law, but so far city council members aren't budging.

Catholic Charities provides social services to about 68,000 people, some of which are city contracts like the management of homeless shelters. The marriage bill would not require churches to perform same-sex weddings, but because Catholic Charities uses city money, the archdiocese fears it would have to offer employee benefits to married same-sex couples.
The diocese is threatening to cease its tax-funded social services work if it can no longer discriminate against gays in hiring, firing, and promotion -- or as neatly summarized by Jason Rosenhouse:
How charming that the Washington Archdiocese believes discrimination towards homosexuals is a higher calling than helping the poor. Sounds like they really have their priorites in the proper order.
I say: good riddance. Let the bigots go, and let this be an enduring object lesson in the flaws of using faith-based organizations to do the work of government.

3 comments:

Domestically Challenged said...

Sorry this is OT... I was just wondering if you knew about the upcoming talk at Reed on Thursday? Greg Epstein? I wish I could make it!

Dale said...

DC, Yes, I have been aware it was coming, but it doesn't look like I'm going to make it. ;-(

How 'bout you?

Domestically Challenged said...

Unfortunately, no. I was hoping I could live vicariously through your recount! Bummer!