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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Opening a New Front in the Cultural Wars

If same-sex marriage and extra rights for homosexuals is deemed by the government to promote "peace, good order, and the morals of society," what is to stop the government from requiring a church to open its worship services and membership to homosexuals "merely because it may inhibit conduct on the part of individuals which is sincerely claimed by them to be religiously motivated"?
With that in mind, here is a story of a womyn upset because a Catholic priest wouldn't let her take communion because she is a lesbian.
A lesbian attending her mother’s funeral was denied Communion by the priest because she was 'living in sin'.

Barbara Johnson, who attended the funeral with her partner of 20 years, stood first in the line to receive the bread and wine at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Saturday.

But Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly covered the bowl and said: ‘I cannot give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the Church, that is a sin.’

Johnson was stunned by the priest's actions and thought he might change his mind. 'I just stood there, in shock. I was grieving, crying,' the 51-year-old told the Washington Post.

Johnson, who runs an art studio, and members of her family, are now calling for the priest to be removed from his ministry.

‘You brought your politics, not your God into that Church yesterday, and you will pay dearly on the day of judgment for judging me,' she wrote in a letter to Guarnizo.

'I will pray for your soul, but first I will do everything in my power to see that you are removed from parish life so that you will not be permitted to harm any more families.’
So, there we have it. Someone arguing that a religious service is a "right" that must be extended to her irrespective of whether her lifestyle violates the standards of that religion or the person providing the service.

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