Anti-Catholic comments

I quote the Sun Journal editorial from July 18: "With parishioners mournful from plans to close two venerable churches in Lewiston, the news that the diocese has ample funding to wage political battles, but not to keep the doors of its houses of worship open for its flocks, is a bitter pill. We respect the diocese's commitment to this cause and its priorities of defending its values and traditions. But its steep financial commitment to a political effort - regardless of its source - should make parishioners wonder what its fiscal priorities really are."

These comments seem to reveal more about the Sun Journal editorial board than about the Catholic diocese. I am not a Catholic, but I can see that the options are not as simple as the editorial suggested. And the portrayal of defending marriage as a "political" issue is grossly misleading. This is much more than a matter of politics. The way we define marriage largely defines society. To dismiss it so easily as unimportant is a disservice to readers. Marriage is one the few issues that touches upon the legal, social, religious, educational and cultural fabric of Maine.

The editorial criticized the Catholic Church for closing buildings that have been traditionally important to their own people, yet it also criticized them for protecting a more important tradition that has been important to human society for thousands of years. Does the editorial board really value buildings over society?

I find the anti-Catholic comments offensive.

Bob Emrich, Plymouth

Editor's note: The writer is executive director of the Maine Jeremiah Project, a religious political advocacy organization.

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Bob said: I am not a

Bob said:

I am not a Catholic, but I can see that the options are not as simple as the editorial suggested. And the portrayal of defending marriage as a "political" issue is grossly misleading. This is much more than a matter of politics. The way we define marriage largely defines society. To dismiss it so easily as unimportant is a disservice to readers. Marriage is one the few issues that touches upon the legal, social, religious, educational and cultural fabric of Maine.

I agree, only I wouldn't limit it to Maine. The issue affects all societies everywhere and civilization as we know it.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

RONALD RIML's picture

The author states: "The way

The author states: "The way we define marriage largely defines society."

Perhaps in his mythological world - in mine, the way we treat our fellow man is how we define society.

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When I was a young Sailor - I drank like a Sailor, fought like a Sailor, and screwed like a Sailor. Now that I am old and wise - I have a few scars, but many fond memories.

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I agree Veritas but it seems

I agree Veritas but it seems that some Christians would love to purge the scapegoats from societal influence in the Bible. Which means that having a place of laying on hands for sins or being redeemed in Jesus' blood is to far and high and hypocritical of how others think. Personally, I do not agree with gay marriage; but for those who treat it religiously to the point of violence then remember the words of the old testament and the new testament. Still disagree with Michael Heath's methods of posting information about individuals who work for different causes incites violence but we all know Michael would use different "assets" on the internet and likewise to spread his little message.

Joe Ziehm
Lewiston ME

There are two kinds of Republicans in this world moderate and conservative for so long I've picked the moderate that now it is time to consider the path less traveled.

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Religious people are your

Religious people are your fellow man too, veritas.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

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Why is it that for the most

Why is it that for the most part those on the left tend to be against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and for the right to have homosexuals marry? It seems to me to be at odds with each other. Suppose for a minute that America loses the wars and the Islamo-facists are able to conquer this country. Or a more likely scenario would be that muslims are running for public office and start winning elections at the state level, then suppose the legally elected muslims are able to appoint judges to state supreme courts. How friendly will they be to gay marriage? Remember these are the same people that kill gay men by placing them next to a two story brick and stone wall and pushing it over onto them and give 4,000 lashes to lesbians for the first offence and then for the second offence are buried up to their waist and stoned to death. Meanwhile here in America the Christians merely go "tsk tsk we will pray for you" and gladly, willingly accept you for who you are as neighbors, co-workers, and friends. I would think more homosexuals would be voting on the right but like the Bible says "Are there none so blind as those who won't see?"
"We either hang together or we will surely hang seperately" Ben Franklin

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If they are legally elected;

If they are legally elected; and are not terrorists as you portray them then does not that posting mark you as a racist at the core of societal discussion? What you are saying is that if they are Americans and are of the Muslim faith then they must all engage in racist action. Some of my friends are Muslims does that automatically brand me as not being Baptist? How friendly are in trying to secure a reversal in logic? What the posting reveals is that you are racist in depictions, tokenism, and stereotyping cultural developments. I forgot everyone is an Islamo-facist to you if they are Muslim. Just because you have a picture of Reagan with right on it does not mean that you are a conservative.

Joe Ziehm
Lewiston ME

There are two kinds of Republicans in this world moderate and conservative for so long I've picked the moderate that now it is time to consider the path less traveled.

more of less, but at least

more of less, but at least we know where you stand

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