I have. Look at Isa's posts about hoping everyone in New York, San Francisco and Hollywood dies. Look at his subsequent crack calling my beliefs (and by implication, me) unstable. Look at him posting pictures comparing gay people to Nazis and Communists.
I don't like that kind of thing.
Just in case you're wondering, I'm not gay. I just don't think people should have unequal legal rights. The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
(underlining is mine)
If you don't agree with me, that's fine. That much I can take. But I can't take the kind of things that have been going on here. If that makes me wrong, so be it.
I have been trying to figure out what to say in a letter to my priest. I just don't know.
First of all. The posters of this forum, as esteemed, knowledgeable and righteous at they may be....are not the Church. Just because you disagree with a poster or two doesn't mean you have to leave the Church.
Isa's comments about the SF and earthquakes, and whatever natural disaster.....was meant to say that an act of God might wake people up....and have them rethink their lives. However, I fear that wouldn't be the case. Too many folks are blind to such things. They would simply write it off as the normal cycle of the ecological natural world we live in. God would have nothing to do with any thing.
As for the 14th Amendment....that is a government thing, not a Church doctrine.
However, the Church does teach to love each other, even to love and pray for your enemies. However, the Church also teaches against homosexual activity. We are not taught to hurt anyone, but, we are also not taught to sit idly by and let things happen.
You mistook Isa's photos of Nazis to represent his views of gays. I think what he was trying to show was not the gays, themselves, but, the complacent people who didn't stand up to stop what they saw was a bad thing happening. In other words, folks who realize that an action is wrong, and will only lead to worse situations in the future, however, for whatever reason (fear, shame, want to be cool and politically correct, accepted, etc) do nothing to stop the disaster they see coming on the horizon.
As was noted above, gay marriage undermines the "family" unit. This will cause nothing but trouble. The family is the core of each one of us (next to God and Church). Families teach us, guide us, etc. If that one family that was mentioned was prohibited to be foster parents because they were anti-gay....this already bodes ill.
Already in California they are changing the school books to teach "gay history". What? What is gay history? Why do they need to know a "history" that is based on sexual orientation. If we are teaching and promoting equality....this seems that "gays" are making themselves out to be special, and not equal to others.
I think you are hurt and upset. However, if you take a big step backwards, and think about all the repercussions of this new "equality" you will have to admit, it's messing with family, society, etc.
I hope and pray you rethink your stance and don't take things so personally. Remember, the Church does teach against homosexual activity, but, does not teach to harm anyone of any orientation. As much as we like to think we know best....we must acquiesce to God and His knowledge.
I pray for peace in this world, but, I fear it's going to be a bumpy ride....