Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin got ratioed into oblivion on the first day of “Pride Month” this year after he tweeted:
A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ “Pride Month” events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) June 1, 2019
Bishop Tobin’s tweet may seem blunt or strange to non-Catholics, but the reaction to Bishop Tobin’s tweet is evidence of the complete lack of understanding that persists between ardent supporters of the LGBTQ movement and the religious community in America. Within these critiques an explanation of how these views lead to the intolerance of religious individuals epitomized in the Masterpiece Cakeshop. To begin, we must examine the tweet in context.
Bishop Tobin’s main point is that Catholics should not attend “Pride Month” events because, “they promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.” How can this statement be anything but innocuous? Since the founding of the Catholic Church, the Vatican and its followers have believed that homosexuality is a sinful act and thus contrary to Catholic morals. Where liberals read it as a call for Catholic harassment of participants at Pride events or actions against LGBTQ individuals, it is merely a call for Catholics to passively eschew attendance.
To equate Catholics, who simply disagree with the way members of the LGBTQ community live, with hate-filled bigots is both intellectually dishonest. There are actual oppressors and countries who express their disagreement by hanging gays from cranes in the public square. In a free and open society, however, people should be able to disagree civilly and refrain from stifling those that they disagree with. That is all Bishop is calling upon his community to do.
Bishop Tobin says that Catholics should take passive action and not participate in sinful behavior. It is the replies to his tweet and select members of the movement who are calling upon the government to take affirmative action, to shut down what they view as “hate speech.” This blatant perversion of tolerance in order to shut down “intolerant” people is harmful to our country and paves the road for continued discrimination against religious people who want to live out their lives as they see fit, even if the LGBTQ community disagrees.
The refusal of many to tolerate tolerant religious people—or their inability to differentiate between violent oppression and passive disagreement for that matter—including Bishop Thomas Tobin and Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips is the main pitfall of “Pride Month.” Sure enough, Phillips, who successfully defeated the most recent lawsuit filed against him at the Supreme Court, now faces a third lawsuit for refusing to bake a cake celebrating a transgender person’s gender transition. Perhaps the real oppressors are not the Catholics urging other Catholics to act like Catholics, but those trying to use the law to force Catholics to violate their religious convictions.
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