Friday, November 20, 2009

Tell Me What Company You Keep and I'll Tell You What You Are.


145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples.

If you only read The Times, you'd think the supporters of the Manhattan Manifesto were a bunch of "moderates", like Robert George.


Here, unmentioned in the article, are some of the signatories:

Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola
James Dobson
William Donohue
Dinesh D’Souza
Maggie Gallagher
Jerry Jenkins
Marvin Olasky
Tony Perkins
That's a lot of crazy for one room.

You all know the charming Ms. Gallagher, the execrable Mr. Donohue, and the nasty Mr. D'Souza, whose favorite hobby at Dartmouth was outing gay students.

I want to draw your attention, then, to Mr. Akinola, the Archbishop and Primate of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. He's a cut above the rest. He believes that "Homosexuality or lesbianism or bestiality is to us a form of slavery." Worse, he supported a proposed (but never passed) 2006 bill that called for five years imprisonment for anyone who "performs, witnesses, aids, or abets" a same-sex marriage, and anyone who engaged in public advocacy or associations supporting the rights of lesbian and gay people.

Said the Reverend: "The Church commends the law-makers for their prompt reaction to outlaw same-sex relationships in Nigeria and calls for the bill to be passed since the idea expressed in the bill is the moral position of Nigerians regarding human sexuality."

Rule of thumb: When Rod Dreher proclaims something like this "great news," you know it's a) extreme and b) gay people are going to suffer.

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