There was a story that went viral this week about a Republican Congressman who stood up and read a passage from the Bible. Whacko Left-Wing Congressman Jerrold Nadler---a 15-term incumbent and totally on the hook to law firms and Big Media--- lost it and screamed, "what any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress!”
Nadler represents a heavily Jewish District in New York; and the potential unintended consequences of bashing the Jews while he really was venting on Christians sent Corporate Media so-called 'fact-checkers' scrambling. In fairness, Nadler probably has no more respect for the Jewish faith than he has for the Christian one; and actually I somewhat agree with him. Our Congress hasn't cared much about God's Will for a long time; and really is about the last place anybody should look for moral and upstanding citizens.
The Corporate Media itself has been on anti-religious streak (moreso than usual) lately. What occasioned this latest round of Leftist outrage was because Pope Francis refused once again to cave into political/financial pressure and bless homo 'marriage' as legitimate.
f you believe something that hurts another person, or does not give someone the same rights or freedoms... I think that this is wrong, and I think that the Catholic Church and many other churches really need to re-examine themselves and their teachings. Because that is not what God is about. God is not about hindering people or even judging people."
Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings...
"A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, and of the circumstances together. An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting "in order to be seen by men"). The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts - such as fornication - that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil. It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it."
If Lemon had paid more attention to what the Church actually teaches; he'd have understood that religion doesn't stand as "a barrier keeping us from knowing each other," but as barrier between Civilization and what would destroy it. As typical of most Liberals, Lemon is the real bigot, not the Pope. His whole argument is premised in the belief that Christians are motivated by hate and hypocrisy. Therefore, it's not unreasonable to him that Christians need merely change their attitudes and become more accepting. If he were more open-minded and accepting himself, he might see that what keeps him from God is his own selfishness and self-righteousness.
It's noteworthy that the Catechism, echoing the words of St. Paul, notes that: "If man commits evil, the just judgment of conscience can remain within him as the witness to the universal truth of the good, at the same time as the evil of his particular choice." Liberals like Lemon are notorious for displaying this behavior, though they never admit it. Why are they so obsessed with getting Christians to accept what they do, or their assent to their beliefs? If they don't believe in God, or care what He thinks, why don't they just go about their business and ignore us?
The truth is that they cannot. They can't rest content because their instincts demand God's approval, but they want it on their own terms. Lemon and others like him are actually seeking validation and acceptance for their sinful behavior. It's not an act of Christian Love to give them that validation. "The verdict of the judgment of conscience remains a pledge of hope and mercy. In attesting to the fault committed, it calls to mind the forgiveness that must be asked, the good that must still be practiced, and the virtue that must be constantly cultivated with the grace of God." So far from Lemon's assertion that God doesn't judge us; He has given us a natural mechanism by which we judge ourselves. Validating or accepting their behavior hinders their ability to change for the better.
Our culture spiritually cripples people in the same way. In the not-too-distant past, Lemon would have been little more than the 'office fag'; shunned by everybody and probably not given any positions of great responsibility. He could have gotten psychological help for his sexual disorder and gone on to be a productive member of society. But instead, he's elevated to a position where he's not only out of his depth professionally; but actually put there precisely because of his sexual dysfunction. Undeserved wealth and power: that is one mechanism by which Satan enslaves people to sin. In our culture today, coming out as openly gay removes many barriers to power, fame, and fortune; while more competent and moral people are shoved aside.
That's the real 'barrier' in our culture today: between Good and Evil. What the Left desires is Evil under the facade of 'unity'. The Right needs to face this fact like Pope Francis did, and stop trying to pretend that Evil doesn't exist.