The Guam Legislature is considering a bill to create a new legal status of “domestic partnership” distinct from “marriage” but conferring the same rights and duties.Â The Catholic Archbishop there disapproves of the legislation.Â In a pastoral letter, the Archbishop said that the bill goes against “right reason” because homosexual relations are “objectively disordered” and that the legislature could not pass it without “stripping its own laws of any force to bind the consciences of the citizens of this island” and that by passing the bill the legislature would “forfeit its moral authority to continue to govern.”
Some official of Archdiocese put out a statement arguing against the bill.Â That statement falsely claims that the legislation would abolish marriage.Â It goes on to say that homosexuality (like contraception) “an example of what John Paul II calls the culture of death.”
Then comes the interesting part:
Islamic fundamentalists clearly understand the damage that homosexual behavior inflicts on a culture. That is why they repress such behavior by death. Their culture is anything but one of self-absorption. It may be brutal at times, but any culture that is able to produce wave after wave of suicide bombers (women as well as men) is a culture that at least knows how to value self-sacrifice. Terrorism as a way to oppose the degeneration of the culture is to be rejected completely since such violence is itself another form of degeneracy. One, however, does not have to agree with the gruesome ways that the fundamentalists use to curb the forces that undermine their culture to admit that the Islamic fundamentalist charge that Western Civilization in general and the U.S.A. in particular is the â€œGreat Satanâ€ is not without an element of truth. It makes no sense for the U.S. Government to send our boys to fight Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, while at the same time it embraces the social policies embodied in Bill 185 (as President Obama has done). Such policies only furnish further arguments for the fundamentalists in their efforts to gain more recruits for the war against the â€œGreat Satan.â€
The statement goes on to predict that passage of the bill will contribute to “the end of Western Civilization,” because the Islamic fundamentalists who hate democracy are “resisting with all the force at their command the forces that oppose marriage and the family. If we do not do the same, they will win the contest by sheer numbers alone.” [I think that means we have to repress homosexuality in order to out-breed the Muslims.]
No, really. That’s not from The Onion. That’s an actual archidiocesan statement, and one that the Archbishop, who has since offered a non-apology to gays offended by his pastoral letter, has yet to renounce.
So the Archdiocese (1) cites the death penalty for homosexuality under sharia as evidence for the objective wrongness of the practice, without even hinting that carrying out the death penalty in such cases might not be the right thing to do, (2) offers suicide bombing as evidence of the moral health of extremist Islam (by contrast with the self-absorption it attributes to gays), and (3) says that the identification of the United States as the Great Satan is “not without an element of truth.”
Just remember: If you think that there are important commonalities of thoughts and purposes between the Islamic extremists currently ruling Iran and running the Taliban and the Christian extremists currently in control of the Vatican, you’re just an anti-Catholic bigot, because there’s no evidence whatever behind your fears.
h/t Eugene Volokh, who was astonished first by the statement and then by some of his commenters’ inability to see what about it he found appalling