Seeking Charity for Hate

Protests were held Sunday in Portland and Bangor, Maine over the involvement of the Catholic Church in the passage of ballot Question 1. Portland residents, for example, took their grievances to the street in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. And its high time we all do something.

No matter where we live or whether we are gay, straight or whatever, the church needs to be exposed and held accountable for supporting intolerance and shouldn’t be using parishioners’ offerings to fund them.—-

Catholic contributions to the anti-gay campaign totaled over HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. Yes, more than $500,000.

If you look at the list closely you’ll see that The Archdiocese of Cleveland, Youngstown and — get ready —  the Archdiocese of Cincinnati also donated money to stop equal marriage in Maine that, in turn, was sent to the National Organization for Marriage that used a campaign of fear, lies, and distortions to get gay marriage repealed in Maine.

This was money that we donated to the Catholic Church that could’ve been used to fill food pantries for the hungry, buy blankets for the homeless, and medicine for the poor and sick in this horrible economy we live in. But what did their Archdioceses’ consider a good use of money? To finance hate.

On the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Web site, they ask for “donations” like thus:

Every day, thousands of people in our region are in need of miracles, large and small. And thanks to the Catholic ministries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati — ministries made possible by you — these miracles happen. There are so many reasons to be grateful.

And then the Cincinnati Archdiocese sends money to Maine to promote hate and intolerance and strip away civil rights from gays and lesbians. Is this where you want the money that we give the church to go?

I’m outraged and you should be also.

This has got to stop. You can call the local archdiocese at 513-421-3131 or leave a comment here.

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