Sunday, November 4, 2012

America's Election, Religious Freedom, and Other Annoying Topics

I plan to vote in a few days. Some of my choices are easy, others not so much.

One of the relatively easy choices is a measure on the Minnesota ballot. We'll be voting on whether marriage should be defined as a union of a man and a woman.


I'm voting to keep the definition of marriage that's worked for thousands of years. That doesn't mean that I'm a far-right-wing extremist, despite what some folks may believe:
One more reality check, and I'll try to remember what I had in mind for this post's topic.

Being Loud

(Non Sequitur, Wiley Miller (October 28, 2012), used w/o permission)

Some folks spew hate and claim that they're being very 'Christian.' Being loud doesn't make them right.

(ArizonaLincoln (talk), via Wikipedia, used w/o permission)

I've discussed malignant virtue before; also what the Catholic Church says about sex and love:

Issues, Candidates, and Me

Wrenching myself back on-topic, there's an election coming up in a few days.

Don't worry: I'm not 'political.' I do not claim that:
  • One candidate or party is
    • Always right
    • Never wrong
  • Anyone who disagrees with me is a
    • Commie
    • Homophobe
    • Spawn of Satan
    • Racist
    • Whatever
On the other hand, I can't ignore politics. Paying attention to candidates and issues comes with being a 'good citizen.' One of the most important issues at stake is religious freedom, the right to act as if one's beliefs matter.

Ethics and Other Threats to Government Leaders

Religious freedom doesn't mean "free to agree with me." It means being free to choose: and free to act as if those choices matter. In my case, it means free to act as if God matters.

That sort of freedom can be very annoying, especially to government leaders:
Telling parishioners to seek what is true and good may not seem threatening. I think what got Bishop Kagan in trouble is that he had the temerity to say what, specifically, is true and good: and what isn't.

Basically Simple

The Catholic Church has a reputation for having lots of rules. There's something to that, but the most important rules are simple:
If it's that simple, why all the rules? For starters:
"...I think we'd have a lot fewer pages written about why loving your neighbor is a good idea, if folks hadn't been trying to weasel out of the 'simple' version for two millennia...."
(September 26, 2011)
I've got quite a bit more to say, but that's enough for this post. I'll be back with a look on what the Church says about citizenship in about an hour.

You may find a link list of today's three posts, and others, useful. Then again, maybe not:

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I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.