Source: Star Tribune
Image by: Steve Sack
Rather fitting, considering everything the Catholic Church in Minnesota is doing to ensure the mean-spirited marriage amendment gets passed.
In an article from September, the Star Tribune shared that Minnesota Catholics would receive a letter from the church urging them to donate to amendment supporters.
The Trib quotes a political science professor John Green, who says the act is “unusual” compared to what the church has done in other states:
“I can’t think of anything as direct and as explicit,” Green said. “I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it legally, but certainly I’m sure it’s very controversial. Catholic leaders have been involved in fundraising. I know of examples where they have reached out to parishioners, but I’ve never heard of anything quite this comprehensive.”
Jason Adkins, executive director of Minnesota Catholic Conference, shares:
The mailing “gives Catholics an opportunity to support the passage of the amendment and asks them to send a contribution to where it will be most effective,” Adkins’ letter states. In an interview Monday, Adkins said the mailing is being coordinated and paid for by his group and will cost close to $100,000.
Another $100,000 the church is spending just to send out letters asking for more money! When will this insanity stop?
The Trib article goes on to highlight to continued significant role the Catholic Church has played in funding amendment supporters here in Minnesota.
However, not all Catholics believe that limiting the rights and freedoms of some citizens is in the best interest of the Church. According to Diane Haugesag:
The church has other things it should be spending its money on … feeding the hungry, providing homes for the homeless.
I see this focus on one issue and it’s extremely divisive, which I don’t think serves the church no matter what side you’re on.
How very true. When all is said and done, the Catholic Church will have spent millions of dollars in an attempt to enshrine inequality into the state constitution in Minnesota. That’s just sad.
Chris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings, is no stranger to this blog. I’ve shared time, time, time and time again how he continues to be an advocate for equality, speaking out in opposition to the mean-spirited marriage amendment.
Late last week, Think Progress shared a cartoon that Kluwe received in the mail. The person who mailed the image to Kluwe inserted his name into the cartoon, depicting him worse than a pedophile on the behavioral spectrum.
According to Kluwe:
It arrived in the mail along with photocopied articles demeaning gays as “serial killers” and “pedophiles.” Doing some research, it appears the original cartoon came out in 1999 and this group (American News Center) has been mailing it out for multiple years now. No actual writing, no name, just lazy copy-pasted hate.
Hate, nothing less. And for what reason? Because Kluwe believes that same-sex partners should have the right to celebrate their love and benefit in the rights provided by the government through marriage.
This is what we’re fighting, Minnesota. If you haven’t seen the cartoon yet, head on over to Think Progress.
Here’s a fun graphic that Aych Wayne shared on the Minnesotans United Page on Facebook. Wayne shares in the comments: “Share/steal away!!” and so I’m sharing with you. :)
Ha! It would be funny if it wasn’t true. Though, Republicans like Madeline Koch give me hope. There are many Minnesotans – on both sides of the aisle – that support equality and will vote NO in NOvember.
A cute cartoon highlighting the recent Chick-fil-A controversy and the fact that the Jim Henson Company pulled their toys from Chick-fil-A’s kids meals.
It made me smile and so thought I wanted to share!
I continue to keep this blog positive, and will continue that trend. However, this did bring me a bit of a smile this morning. :)
It’s important to note that not all people who are religious are crazed zealots. In the coming week, I’m going to be posting several articles about various religious groups and how they’ve come out against the amendment. Of course, as you know, there’s been one notable exception in the state of Minnesota.