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By Deacon Keith A Fournier

6/16/2014 (7 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

For my friends in the Christian media - WAKE UP AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

If you read the same reports I have, some of which have appeared - sadly - even on some Catholic and other Christian news sources - you would have believed the propaganda narrative that Governor Perry was at some event to disparage people who have same sex attraction. There is a reason for that. There is a small but very vocal fringe I call the homosexual equivalency movement who not only seek to compel all of us to accept the active homosexual lifestyle as the moral equivalent of marriage and compel us by using the police power of the State to call homosexual partnerships a marriage, - but want to go much further. They now want to silence anyone who does not agree with their opinion or their political position. My, how the militant advocates of so the called tolerance of this hour have become so intolerant.

This informed position offered by Governor Perry was intentionally seized upon, redacted, and then used to promote the activist, political goals of the homosexual equivalency movement. What is most sad is that the media, including some in Catholic and other Christian media, did not do their homework. They were simply used as tools for the agenda of an activist group which is now engaged in bullying. They simply do not want anyone to hold a different position than their own.

This informed position offered by Governor Perry was intentionally seized upon, redacted, and then used to promote the activist, political goals of the homosexual equivalency movement. What is most sad is that the media, including some in Catholic and other Christian media, did not do their homework. They were simply used as tools for the agenda of an activist group which is now engaged in bullying. They simply do not want anyone to hold a different position than their own.

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By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/16/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Governor Rick Perry, Commonwealth Club, Gay Agenda, Human Rights Campaign, homosexuality, gay rights, anti-Chriistian propaganda, Deacon Keith Fournier


CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On Wednesday evening, June 11, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared at the Public Forum of the the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. He was there to discuss energy policy. In particular, he was there to address issues concerning energy independence.

Yes, that is right; Governor Perry was at a hosted forum to discuss energy independence.
Here is the actual press release promoting the event:

Texas Governor Rick Perry believes his state is leading the way for America in creating energy independence by producing crude oil and electricity in many forms, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, bio-fuel and hydroelectric generation. In a recent letter to President Obama, Governor Perry wrote that the current federal policies will "incapacitate - and possibly eliminate - critical sources of energy while stifling job creation and threatening American energy policy." Governor Perry has been in public office for over two decades, including 14 years as governor. He served in the US. Air Force and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He will discuss energy and his ideas on other political issues of the day, including his experiences as a Republican candidate on the 2012 presidential campaign trail and his view of the road ahead.  

If you read the same reports I have, some of which have appeared - sadly - even on some Catholic and other Christian news sources - you would have believed the propaganda narrative that Governor Perry was at some event to disparage people who have same sex attraction.

There is a reason for that.

There is a small but very vocal fringe I call the homosexual equivalency movement who not only seek to compel all of us to accept the active homosexual lifestyle as the moral equivalent of marriage and compel us by using the police power of the State to call homosexual partnerships a marriage, - but want to go much further. They now want to silence anyone who does not agree with their opinion or their political position.

My, how the militant advocates of so the called tolerance of this hour have become so intolerant.

Greg Dalton, the founder and host of Climate One, moderated the event. If you want to actually read, listen to or watch what Governor Rick Perry said in this very interesting and intelligent discussion, you can do so right here.

In a wide ranging, comprehensive thoughtful and thought provoking discussion of numerous policy matters - which should concern everyone of us as we face the growing problems in this Nation we all love - there was a quick question and quick response which was seized upon by the Human Rights Campaign and other front line groups leading the homosexual equivalency movement.

Here it is without any editing or redacting with the actual time marks for those seeking to find it on the audio or video. Those are helpful because the interchange was miniscule in light of the lengthy interview:

Greg Dalton: Do you believe homosexuals can be cured by prayer or counseling? [00:55:49] Rick

Perry:
I don't know. You know, I don't, I'm not a psychiatrist I'm not a doctor, so. [00:55:58]

Greg Dalton: Is it a disorder? (0:56:00) [00:56:01]

Rick Perry: I wrote a book called On My Honor. And I talked about that people make choices in life and whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not. You have the ability to decide not to do that. And I made the point of talking about alcoholism. I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that. And I look at the homosexuality issue as the same way. - See more


This informed position was intentionally seized upon, redacted, and then used to promote the activist, political goals of the homosexual equivalency movement. What is most sad is that the media, including some in Catholic and other Christian media, did not do their homework. They were simply used as tools for the agenda of an activist group which is now engaged in bullying. They simply do not want anyone to hold a different position than their own.

I do. I hold the Catholic position.

In fact, I strongly encourage people reading this report to read one of the finest pastoral treatments on this issue, read the Letter from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Letter to the Bishops on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. I hope you take the time to read it here.
 
Here is a short excerpt: "Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder. Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not."

Now, I offer below some of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about homosexuality.

(2357) Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarily. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

(2358) The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

(2359) Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

What is very clear is that Governor Perry was not offering some bigoted, narrow minded opinion. In fact, his comments were quite reasonable. He is an evangelical protestant Christian and he would not say this in exactly the same way that a Catholic Christian would - but any person reading the sources I offered above would see the correlation.

Does it sound similar to Governor Perry?

As for the media repeating the talking points of the Human Rights Campaign and the activist homosexual equivalency lobby and calling it reporting, I am tired of it. They not only want to disparage what is derogatorily called "reparative therapy" - but actually outlaw it! I find that repugnant. It is also one more example of the growing intolerance of this group of cultural revolutionaries.

Governor Perry was rejecting the determinism which lies at the root of the revolutionary agenda of this group, as every Christian should. After all, we actually believe in freedom.

I end with a recommendation of a very good group committed to helping those with same sex struggles. It is called Courage. Please, go to their website and see what true compassion and respect for human dignity, of all persons, including those with same sex attraction, looks like. Go here.

For my friends in the Christian media - WAKE UP AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

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