Controversy continues to heat up months after Proposition 8 overturned legal gay marriage in California. Religious organizations, most prominently the Mormon and Catholic Church, were some of Prop 8's most instrumental proponents, prompting many gay rights organizations and activists to blame them for the proposition's passage.
In a surprising twist, many churches and religious groups are now reporting that they have become the target of increased vandalism and attacks, allegedly carried out by those same gay rights activists. Today the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued the following press release:
GAYS VANDALIZE SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH
January 5, 2009
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community, was vandalized over the weekend by opponents of Proposition 8, the California resolution passed by voters in November that rejected gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names Ratzinger (referring to Pope Benedict XVI) and Niederauer (the San Francisco Archbishop) were scrawled besides the Nazi symbol.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is asking Catholics nationwide to respond to this incident:
“In the wake of Proposition 8, innocent persons have been assaulted, churches have been vandalized, a white substance resembling anthrax was sent to the Knights of Columbus and to Mormon temples, supporters of traditional marriage have been branded Nazis, African Americans have been called the ‘N-word,’ houses and cars have been trashed, etc. Unfortunately, most of those in the gay community have been silent about these acts.
“Part of the blame for the latest attack goes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both Newsom and the Board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual Folsom Street Fair, they say nothing. When gay men dressed as nuns show up at Mass—at the same church—they say nothing. But the Board was quite vocal about condemning the Catholic Church in 2006, something which led to a lawsuit triggered by the Catholic League and the Thomas More Law Center.
“For those who love to write about ‘root causes,’ let them ponder the guilt of these public officials. Moreover, leaders in the gay community show no leadership when it comes to denouncing incivility committed in the name of gay rights. This has got to end.”
While both sides continue to lob accusations of discrimination at each other, the California Supreme Court prepares to rule on Prop 8's constitutionality as early as this March.
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