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Cyberbullying: Dan Savage's Attacks on Rick Santorum Must be Opposed
By Deacon Keith Fournier
October 5th, 2011
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Dan Savage is not "blunt" he is debased. Savage has perpetrated digital slander and defamation against Rick Santorum. By launching what he calls "google bombs" - which are vile, obscene and intended to do harm - he is also engaged in cyberbullying.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - In an article written for the Huffington Post entitled "Dan Savage On LGBTQ Bullies: Why The Church Must Change" Joseph Ward praises the tactics of Dan Savage and his vile and disgusting digital attack on Presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Ward begins his article with these words, "I've always appreciated Dan Savage's brutal honesty, and to-the-point bluntness."
Dan Savage is not "blunt" he is debased. He is maliciously seeking to destroy the name of a good man who has spent a career in public service. Savage has perpetrated digital slander and defamation against Rick Santorum. By launching what he calls "google bombs" - which are vile, obscene and intended to do harm - he is also cyberbullying. Ironically, Savage had the audacity to recently accept an award for his use of the internet to stop the bullying of people with same sex attraction and sexual identity confusion.
Dan Savage is a former Catholic who openly rejected the faith of the Church in which he was raised. However, he has decided to do more. He now disparages faithful Catholics like Rick Santorum because the Senator disagrees with him and refuses to be bullied by his obscene tactics. Along with millions of others, Rick Santorum will never recognize a moral and legal equivalency between homosexual partnerships and authentic marriage. He once again shows his courage in the face of this cyber-bullying commited against him by Dan Savage.
In the past I have warned of the "Two Step" of the New Censors. The effort seeks to exclude our positions from being heard in the public square or from influencing the positive/civil law. For example, those who oppose our positions on the normative nature of the two parent, heterosexual, marriage bound family seek first to relegate our truth claims to being "religious positions." Then they take the next step, they require that these truth claims be confined to expression only within our Church Walls - or else we will face the Police power of the State.
We live in what Pope Benedict XVI called a "Dictatorship of Relativism." The relativists of this age have managed to persuade even some Catholics that there are no objective truths; there are only "my" truths and "your" truths. Further, they have relegated the authentic Catholic position on the very existence of truths and rights to only being "religious" positions in order to then marginalize their importance in informing the social order.
Catholic Christians insist that there is a Natural Law, "present in the heart of each man and established by reason." This law "is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties." (CCC# 1956) It is here that we find the ground for the moral truths which should inform our life together in a truly just and free society. It is here where we also find those fundamental and foundational human rights which we insist must be recognized by the civil or positive law as rightfully belonging to all men and women.
The Catholic position on homosexual sexual practices as objectively disordered and our opposition to all efforts to undermine true marriage through the "Homosexual Equivalency Movement" - the movement which wants to call what can never be a marriage a marriage and then use the Police Power of the State to force all of us to do the same - is rooted in this Natural Law which binds all men and women.
"No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives."
Like our position on the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death, our position concerning the definition of marriage is not simply a "religious" position. We claim that the truth concerning the nature of marriage - and the family founded upon it - is rooted in this Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. Catholics also insist that these objective truths should inform a true humanism which will help us live together in peace by promoting human flourishing.
In the midst of this age of relativism the Catholics insistence on the existence of objective moral truths which can be known and should form the basis for a truly free, just and human society infuriates the homosexual equivalency activists. So people like Dan Savage resort to bullying, using the internet to defame a good man because he will not deny the truth about marriage. There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, human flourishing and marriage and the family founded upon it as the first cell of a truly just society.
We are called to build a culture of life and a civilization of true love in our day. We will not support the efforts to give promiscuous heterosexual or homosexual relationships the same status as monogamous marriage, period. When such practices become enforced by the civil law of the State, we must be ready to experience hostility in opposing such laws and proposing a better way.
What is happening to Rick Santorum is horrible. Dan Savage should be ashamed. Decent people everywhere should speak out against it. If it is not exposed and opposed it may lead to even more acts of depravity as a fringe element of the homosexual community follows the example of Dan Savage in bullying those who disagree with them. Joseph Ward is wrong, it is not the Church which should change, it is Dan Savage. His cyberbullying must stop.
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