PopeWatch: Sodom and Gomorrah

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From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

Just hours after ruling that all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation, can now legally marry the people they love, the U.S. Supreme Court went forward with plans to demand that God apologize and make amends for His actions at Sodom and Gomorrah.

Many are calling the decision to hold God liable for the destruction of the impenitent cities as a victory for gay rights activists who have fought for centuries to see God brought to justice.

The justices found that, under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been performed in other states, and that the Divine judgment of God that was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah was unjust. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer and Sotomayor in calling God to step down from his post immediately.

Scalia Dissent:

Some there are–many, perhaps–who are offended by public displays of religion. Religion, they believe, is a personal matter; if it must be given external manifestation, that should not occur in public places where others may be offended. I can understand that attitude: It parallels my own toward the playing in public of rock music or Stravinsky. And I too am especially annoyed when the intrusion upon my inner peace occurs while I am part of a captive audience, as on a municipal bus or in the waiting room of a public agency.

My own aversion cannot be imposed by law because of the First Amendment. See Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U. S. 781, 790 (1989); Erznoznik v. Jacksonville, 422 U. S. 205, 210-211 (1975). Certain of this Court’s cases, however, have allowed the aversion to religious displays to be enforced directly through the First Amendment, at least in public facilities and with respect to public ceremonies–this despite the fact that the First Amendment explicitly favors religion and is, so to speak, agnostic about music.

What the Court does today is simply the end result of a hostility against religion occasionally seen in the decisions of this Court.  Leaving aside the fact that this Court under the First Amendment has no authority to compel God to do anything, and the fact that even if we did have such jurisdiction we could not punish for deeds done in another land some forty centuries ago, the simple fact is that we lack the power to compel the Creator of the Universe to do anything.  Does the majority plan to have the United States arrest God if He does not step down?  Will this Court issue a Rule to Show Cause against I AM to appear meekly before this tribunal and explain why He is not in contempt of Court?  To ask such questions is to understand the depth of absurdity to which this court today descends.

I close this dissent by quoting the reaction of Pope Francis to this folly:  “I excommunicate them all and their little dogs, too!”

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7 Comments

  1. . Here in the northeast, Governor Andrew Cuomo this week officiated at the 4th wedding of Billy Joel whose wife will deliver soon…..this close on the heels of Fordham parents finding out the Theology department head married a male like himself and the University sees no problem. Reality is approaching the fiction of Eye of the Tiber….and may soon put them out of business. Parody needs a bare minimum of normalcy against which to make its point. Meanwhile if you add up the fossil fuel used in the Pope’s current trips and add in the fuel of all Bishops attending the two Synod meetiings….you’ve knocked off one polar bear minimum. A knight of Malta could have brought the Pope’s entourage over on a large full keeled sailboat with fuel used only in dead calm and harbors. The US Bishops could purchase a 1960’s 60 foot sailboat for Rome Synods and Ad Limina visits. Or….do everything by ipad Facetime….especially ad limina visits.

  2. Modern Slavery
    Choosing to cave to our physical passions in an amoral society in order to have the support and favor of the ruling class is simply becoming a slave of the state.
    The progressive liberals of today are no different than the Nazis or Communists of the last century in that they subdue and make slaves of the rich or productive citizens through taxation and regulations which enable them to provide entitlements to all willing to accept them as the masters of their collective conscience.

  3. Read a speech by Pope Francis that Whispers in the Loggia said was extremely important. Read the whole thing.
    It was generality city…land, lodging and labor was his new buzzphrase. Rocco must be trying to be recredentialed.
    The speech was not even left-dangerous since as usual, specificity is in short supply. Now here’s a cop actually changing the world:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/kansas-police-officer-buys-diapers-shoes-mom-shoplifted/story?id=32363975

  4. Bill B- LOL. great satire. To Man and use a 60 ft. sail boat transit Atlantic would require skill,co-operation and talent…… A hat trick sadly missing among the majority of JPII appointed hierarchy… surprised the cardinal of NY did not officiate as a christian church witness to Joel’s debacle but back to here in NY ‘progressive liberals’ – recall cuomo et.al. had front pew, Holy Communion and photo shoots with Howard Hubbard in albany right after inauguration – How do we escape and to where do we go?…….Is there a light on a hill anywhere?

  5. Paul Coffey,
    There is a light on a hill…..unfortunately it’s Elijah returning from the lower heavens early and lightning up a last cigar like Clint Eastwood in Josey Wales.

  6. Bill Bannon, your “lightning up a last cigar like Clint Eastwood in Josey Wales.” Put me in whimsical mind of the Lord God responding to a pending contempt citation with something on the order of, “Go ahead. Make My day”.

  7. Bill & William – you have me grinning from ear to ear- great wit and very quick; thanks for the perk – the Lord God asking the Mr. and Madam Justices ‘ if they feel lucky today ‘ conjures up several vivid pictures- thanks guys! and of course, thank you Mr. D R Mc. a struggle to stay positive in a pagan culture but we can keep our sense of humor ….. with help from friends

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