Enough with the gay thing!Huckleby wrote:That is on the same level of ignorance as people who don't think gay relationships count for much.
THERE IS NO COMPARISON HERE.
You want an analogy, here's a much better one:
My father was a Boy Scout his entire youth. He loved being a Scout and he loved their organization. Once he was too old to be a scout, he continued to support The Boys Scouts financially as well as through volunteer work. He was a troop leader for years, even when he had no children in the Scouts. But sometime around the late '80s, he could no longer do so with a clear conscience. He wrote them a letter, explaining his displeasure with their policies regarding homosexuality, and resigned his membership. He assured them if they ever changed those policies, he would gladly return, as he had great respect for virtually everything else they did. This was not an easy thing for him -- The Boy Scouts had been a big part of his life for as long as he could remember. But it was the right thing to do and he knew it because he could not in good conscience support an anti-homosexual organization. He's managed to find plenty of other community and youth-oriented activities to fill the void left when he turned his back on the Scouts, but now he doesn't have to hem and haw and make excuses for the prejudice of others. He's still friends with many of his old Scout buddies because he respects them and likes them in just about every other way. But he's never shied away from expressing his displeasure to them about the organization they still support. Nor should he.
Huckleby wrote:Wagstaff & others have characterized Catholics as stupid, blind, morally cowardly, etc. for remaining in a church that is completely rancid.
Gosh, I'm sorry, but passively supporting attempts to restrict the rights of others and belonging to an organization with institutionalized child molestation ARE stupid, blind, and cowardly things to do!
Look: You can do something stupid and not be a complete moron. You can be blind to certain facts while still acknowledging others. You can be a coward in one situation and the bravest man in the world in others. Why can you not grasp that I can think someone can be overall a great guy but still have a really ugly ideological blind spot? The only generalization I've made about all Catholics is that they choose to remain Catholic in spite of the overwhelming evidence that The Catholic Church is a despicable organization.