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After Pastor’s Son Comes Out, Southern Baptist Church Breaks With Denomination on Homosexuality

Figures.

A Southern Baptist church in California has broken with the denomination’s stance on homosexuality and has decided to accept the LGBT community without judgment. The church made the change after its lead pastor announced that he no longer holds to the teaching that homosexuality is a sin.

Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, explained his journey in a letter to progressive Christian blogger John Shore, founder of Unfundamentalist Christians, last month. At the end of that journey, his son came out to him as gay.

Another idiot ‘Christian’ parent of a gay child decides to part ways with orthodoxy, just for the sake of getting along better, no doubt, rather than doing the right thing, and standing firm, regardless. But worse than any ordinary father, this is also a pastor, and he’s leading his entire flock astray with him.

“I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey of having multiple people in my congregation come out to me every year,” Cortez wrote. After reading many of Shore’s writings and hearing testimony from gay friends who felt marginalized, Cortez said his “eyes became open to the injustice that the church has wrought” and in August 2013, he said he “realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.”

Soon after his shift in beliefs, his 15-year-old son, Drew, revealed that he was gay and later came out publicly on YouTube.

Cortez believes that if it wasn’t for that 15-year journey and his change in theology, “I may have destroyed my son through reparative therapy.”

The California pastor, a graduate of Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology, told his congregation in February that he had recently informed the church’s elders that he now personally affirmed same-sex relationships.

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After a period of prayer, study and discernment, which also included hearing from gay and straight teachers on both sides of the homosexuality debate, the church voted in May not to dismiss Cortez and “instead to become a Third Way church,” Cortez explained.

According to Cortez, as a “Third Way” church, the Southern Baptist congregation would “accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship. We will choose to remain the body of Christ and not cast judgement (sic). We will work toward graceful dialogue in the midst of theological differences. We see that this is possible in the same way that our church holds different positions on the issue of divorce and remarriage. In this issue we are able to not cast judgement (sic) in our disagreement.”

Those who disagree with the church will formally leave it on June 8.

And what of the denomination as a whole; how will they react? Hopefully they will kick out these heretics…

Mohler said he believes that New Heart will ultimately be forced to leave the Southern Baptist Convention, given that the “the Baptist Faith & Message, the denomination’s confession of faith, states that homosexuality is immoral and that marriage is ‘the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.'”

“Furthermore, the Convention’s constitution states explicitly that any congregation that endorses homosexual behavior is ‘not in cooperation with the Convention,’ and thus excluded from its membership.”

Good; let’s hope they do so sooner rather than later.

 

Publisher of Popular Christian Books to Release Jennifer Knapp’s Lesbian Memoir

Publisher of Popular Christian Books to Release Jennifer Knapp’s Lesbian Memoir.

A company known for publishing books of interest to Christians has generated criticism for agreeing to publish a memoir from Jennifer Knapp—a former contemporary Christian singer who now describes herself as a lesbian.

Jennifer Knapp, now 40, was a popular Christian singer who won Dove Awards and a Grammy Nomination during the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, twelve years ago, Knapp suddenly left the Christian music industry, moved to Australia, and entered into a relationship with another woman. She now describes herself as a lesbian but claims she is still a Christian.

“I am who I am,” Knapp stated in a 2012 interview with TheBlaze. “If God is a God who judges and strikes people of same sex attraction—then he’s going to strike me down. This is the way that I am and now I know what it means to fear God.”

“I’ve never heard an audible voice from the heavens—and you go ahead with as much as you can with your head and your heart,” she asserted. “There’s a point where I just accepted who I am, and that may be right—[or] that may be wrong.”

Because God’s Word isn’t enough, when you wish to justify evil; gotta not hear Him speak from the clouds, to rationalize Scripture away…

Knapp recently launched “Inside Out Faith”—an initiative designed to help homosexuals reconcile their behavior with their faith. At Inside Out Faith speaking engagements, Knapp promotes the “inclusion and affirmation” of homosexuals within religious circles and condemns churches which show “rejection and judgment.”

“Through her passionate music and disarming charm, Jennifer speaks of the challenges she has faced in claiming her unique identity,” the Inside Out Faith website explains. “It is the story of an honest, vulnerable and questioning soul, living out a journey of life, love and faith.”

This year, the faith-based publishing arm of Simon & Schuster—Howard Books—will release a book written by Knapp titled Facing the Music: Discovering Real Life, Real Love, and Real Faith.

“This is [Knapp’s] story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all,” the book description states.

“Now an advocate for LGBT issues in the church, Jennifer has witnessed heartbreaking struggles as churches wrestle with issues of homosexuality and faith,” the description adds. “This engrossing, inspiring memoir will help people understand her story and to believe in their own stories, whatever they may be.”

Howard Books publishes works from many well-known Christian authors, including Dave Ramsey, Dr. Charles Stanley, and the Duggar family. A member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Howard Books’ goal is “to inspire readers one word at a time” through faith-based publications.

Founded in 1969, the company originally published for the Church of Christ, but soon broadened its base to reach evangelical Christians at large. In 2006, Howard Books was purchased by Simon & Schuster, a secular company that continued to publish books through the label that it believed would interest Christian consumers.

Jennifer Smith, publicity director for Howard Books, told The Washington Post that Knapp’s journey from Christian music fame to homosexual advocacy is a story worth telling.

“We know it’s her story and obviously the position she’s found herself in as a recognizable Christian artist coming out as gay,” Smith said. “She shares about how she has come to terms with herself and her own sexuality and is able to speak on the topic and say, ‘Look, God loves me through this.’”

Smith conceded that “some people … don’t necessarily agree with this book,” but she argued that “there are others who want to have this conversation.”

“This is simply a vehicle for us to encourage Christians to open their hearts and minds to having the discussion openly,” Smith continued. “At the end of the day, this book is an opportunity for Jennifer to tell her story and we want to be part of that conversation.”

No; you want to make money.

This was bound to happen, once the originally Christian publishing company was bought out by a giant, secular publishing company.

Christians may consider whether they wish to continue buying Christian literature from Howard Books, or whether they’d prefer to patronize only decidedly Christian publishers, ones not owned by secular companies pushing progressive agendas…

As previously reported, a similar situation recently unfolded when Convergent Books published the pro-homosexual book God and the Gay Christian. Following an outcry, Convergent Books parted ways with the National Religious Broadcasters.

We shall see how Dr. Stanley, the Duggars, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association react to this – if they even do.

 

National Park Service Initiative Seeks to ‘Celebrate and Intepret LGBT Heritage’

National Park Service Initiative Seeks to ‘Celebrate and Intepret LGBT Heritage’.

And Obama apparently declared June to be “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”

NEW YORK – The U.S. National Park Service has announced an initiative to commemorate locations which played significant roles in the rise of homosexuality across the country.

On Friday, the National Park Service unveiled a nationwide “theme study” to explore places and events associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. According to a Friday press release, the study “is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation.”

“Over the next 12 to 18 months, the National Park Service will work with scholars to explore ways to celebrate and interpret LGBT heritage,” the release states.

The National Park Service initiative will spotlight important locations in the pro-homosexual movement.

“The goals of the heritage initiative include: engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBT associated properties; encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBT stories associated with them; identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBT-associated sites as national historic landmarks; and increasing the number of listings of LGBT-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places,” the release says.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the theme study at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, where an unruly group of young pro-homosexual protestors violently rioted against police officers in 1969. The Stonewall Inn riots are now celebrated by the National Park Service as a “watershed moment” in “the struggle for civil rights in America.”

During Friday’s announcement, Jewell said the National Park Service has failed to properly recognize the role of homosexuals in America’s history.

“We know that there are other sites, like Stonewall Inn, that have played important roles in our nation’s ongoing struggle for civil rights,” she stated. “The contributions of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community have been historically underrepresented in the National Park Service, and the LGBT theme study will help ensure that we understand, commemorate and share these key chapters in our nation’s complex and diverse history.”

The National Park Service is partnering with the Gill Foundation to carry out the theme study. On Friday, Gill Foundation founder Tim Gill asserted that “LGBT history is American history.”

“The contributions of LGBT people are part of the great American journey toward full equality, freedom and liberty for all our citizens,” Gill argued. “While we take this important step to recognize the courageous contributions of LGBT Americans, we need to unite together in the days ahead to ensure we leave none of our fellow Americans behind.”

The National Park Service has already created a website which details the new “Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Heritage Initiative.”

“Recognizing that identities and communities are historically situated, the LGBT Initiative acknowledges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens in the United States, their contributions to American life and culture and their efforts to create a safe and legitimate social and political place in American society,” the website explains. “It explores various ways that this history can be recognized, preserved and interpreted for future generations.”

On the same day that the National Park Service announced the homosexual theme study, President Obama declared June to be “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” In a Friday release, Obama paid tribute to the Stonewall Inn rioters, praised the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, and challenged Americans to be “more accepting.”

“Our commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far beyond our borders,” Obama noted. “In many places around the globe, LGBT people face persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.”

In case you thought parks were about nature and conservation, apparently they’re about people…

I hadn’t heard about the declaration about June now being a national Gay / Trans Pride month for America. But Obama is the ‘gay rights’ president…

Perhaps that’s the reason for the HHS decision now, mentioned in my last post, funding ‘sex change’ operations…

 

Maine demands that pro-marriage group reveal donor names

Wintery Knight rightly concludes:

What will gay activists do with the list of donor names? Ask Brendan Eich what they will do with it.

We know that information will get leaked to them…

WINTERY KNIGHT

ABC News reports.

Excerpt:

Maine’s ethics panel fined a national anti-gay marriage group more than $50,000 on Wednesday and ordered it to reveal the donors who backed its efforts to repeal the state’s gay marriage law.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found that the National Organization for Marriage violated campaign finance laws by failing to properly register as a ballot question committee and file financial reports in the 2009 referendum that struck down gay marriage. Same-sex unions were legalized by voters in 2012.

The commission also ruled that the organization must file a campaign finance report, which would force it to disclose the names of its donors. The National Organization for Marriage has fought for years to keep its donor list secret, saying doing so would put its contributors at risk for harassment and intimidation.

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NFL player fined and banned from team activities for disapproving of homosexuality

Re: what WK noted:

So, if you are Tim Tebow, everyone can insult you and make fun of you for being a Christian and for being chaste before marriage. But if you’re gay, then no one can even disagree with you on sexual issues.

Indeed. Should we give any money to such an organization? Should we pay for tickets to games, or patronize businesses supporting the NFL through TV and radio ads? (Remember what they do every October, too, making their players wear hot pink colours, etc.) Should straight Christian men continue supporting an organization that denigrates them and only celebrates and promotes others?

WINTERY KNIGHT

From the Miami Herald.

Excerpt:

The Dolphins swiftly and publicly reprimanded Don Jones late Sunday for his Twitter remarks critical of Michael Sam, fining him and barring him from team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training.

In a statement released by the team, Jones apologized for tweeting “omg” and “horrible” after seeing Sam sharing a celebratory kiss with his partner on national TV Saturday evening. Sam had just been drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, becoming the first openly gay player selected by an NFL team.

[…]Although the Dolphins did not disclose the amount of the fine, the fact that they made the punishment public was significant. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin rarely discusses internal discipline with reporters but made it a point to condemn Jones’ words on official team letterhead Sunday night.“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft,” Philbin said. “They…

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Nintendo says no to gay game characters…

… at least, for now they’re saying no:

Nintendo has said it will not allow gamers to play as gay characters in its life-simulation game Tomodachi Life.

A fan had launched a social media campaign urging Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships between characters in the game – modelled after real people.

Nintendo said it “never intended to make any form of social commentary” with the launch of the game.

No doubt they weren’t. But the gay activists are relentless, and will not let anyone not make any form of social commentary; they want everyone to conform to them or risk ostracism.

Tye Marini, a gay 23-year old Nintendo fan from Arizona, had launched a campaign urging Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships.

He claimed that since his virtual avatar was not able to marry in the game, he would miss out on “exclusive content”.

“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiance’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Mr Marini was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

“My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiance’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”

AP quoted Mr Marini as saying that same-sex relationships were “more of an issue for this game because the characters are supposed to be a representation of your real life”.

“You import your personalised characters into the game. You name them. You give them a personality. You give them a voice. They just can’t fall in love if they’re gay.”

Blah blah blah… But one nevertheless wonders how long Nintendo will hold the line; I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they cave…

Meanwhile, Nintendo said “the ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan”.

“That game is made up of the same code that was used to localise it for other regions outside of Japan.”

Doesn’t matter; the fascists won’t rest till they’ve won…

It said it had heard and “thoughtfully considered” all the responses posted on the campaign.

“We will continue to listen and think about the feedback. We’re using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us.”

Which no doubt means they’re preparing to throw Christian gamers under the bus, as soon as possible…

Hence why I’m not considering this ‘good news’; just a temporary reprieve…

 

Gay retired Episcopal bishop’s ‘gay marriage’ ending in ‘gay divorce’

His second divorce, in fact, since his first one was from the woman with whom he fathered two children.

Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US Episcopal Church, has announced he is divorcing his partner of 25 years.

Writing on the Daily Beast website, Bishop Robinson said he was “forever grateful” to Mark Andrew and that details of their split were private.

The pair were married in a civil ceremony in 2003.

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In his letter, Bishop Robinson, who retired in 2012, said it was “a small comfort” to know that gay and lesbian couples “are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples”.

“My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate,” he said. “Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”

Bishop Robinson, 66, had previously been married to a woman with whom he had two children. They divorced amicably in 1985 over his sexuality.

His ‘belief in marriage’ is ‘undiminished’? Funny; I daresay he never really ever did believe much in marriage, since all he’s ever done is make a continual mockery of it, by his actions and lifestyle.

 

Disney movies are pro-homo, gender-bending, and encourage female manipulation of males

The leftists at the Atlantic confirm what we’ve long known…

By preaching acceptance and questioning gender, the company’s kids films offer a queer-studies crash course.

Indeed… The article goes into quite a bit of detail.

The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s Frozen is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out anthem, and a character in the film evokes the question of whether homosexuality is a choice by inquiring of Elsa’s powers, “born with it or cursed?” Some liberals have praised the film for its subtext; some conservatives have denounced it. But the most remarkable thing about queer readings of the film may be how unremarkable they really are. Through both its corporate practices and the content of its films, Disney for decades has implemented the so-called “gay agenda”—which is to say, helping make the world a more accepting place.

Yeah, real accepting of us traditionalists {/sarcasm}… But I digress.

queer kids could identify with Disney protagonists, who are usually outcasts set apart from society by some innate desire (usually indicated by an “I want” song that details whatever dream that particular character is pining to attain). Ariel (The Little Mermaid) wanted to be part of another world, the townspeople think Belle (Beauty and the Beast) is “a funny girl … different from the rest of us” and Pocahontas (Pocahontas) does not want to be steady as the beating drum. This marks the Disney protagonist as odd, unusual, queer. Even classic Disney films featured these archetypes. Initially mocked by his peers, Dumbo (Dumbo“comes out” and waves his freak flag after hallucinating pink elephants and learning to fly. Pinocchio (Pinocchio) reflects queer anxiety since he doesn’t know how to act like “a real boy,” and he thinks performing masculinity through smoking, cursing, and misbehaving will earn his father’s love. Then there’s the fact that Disney protagonists often reject traditional marriage partners. Ariel wants to marry a human against her father’s wishes, Belle rejects Gaston’s proposal in front of the whole town, Jasmine refuses to marry the sultan’s suitors, Pocahontas refuses to marry a tribal warrior, and Mulan rejects conventional matchmaking. In this way, even though Disney films usually offer a traditional happy ending with a heterosexual marriage, the journey always involves rejecting parental and societal expectations, and exercising a “freedom to marry whomever you love” spirit that is endemic to gay rights. Indeed, many Disney romances are examples of “impossible desire,” a trope that is crucial to the queer experience, as gender-studies theorist Heather Love argued in Feeling Backward. It was impossible for Ariel to be with Eric unless she became human, or for Belle to be with the Beast unless he became human, or for Aladdin to be with Jasmine unless he became a prince, or for Pocahontas to be with John Smith unless she left her people.

But wait – there’s also gender-bending and manipulation of men!

In the seminal Gender Trouble, Judith Butler pointed out how gender was in part performance-based, a fact that Disney has often depicted with cross-dressing and gender subversion. The company’s animators cite the drag performer Divine as the inspiration for Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Just as Divine was cast in Pink Flamingos because “society saw [drag characters] as perverts so they decided to revel in their status,” so too Ursula is marked a pervert by introducing sex to a children’s animated film. She encourages Ariel to use her body to lure the prince, and her magic not only gives the mermaid legs but also (presumably) a sexual organ, as Ariel emerges from the sea completely naked and must be covered up. In another instance of gender bending, the Genie in Aladdin shapeshifts into many characters, including female ones, and even dons feminine clothes and underwear at different points in the film. Indeed, Aladdin’s romance with Jasmine is much less developed than his friendship with the genie, and his decision to free the genie provides the movie’s poignant climax. Robin Williams’s character even acknowledges the queer undercurrent: “I’m getting kinda fond of you kid … not that I want to pick out curtains or anything.” Another obvious example: Mulan, where the protagonist disguises herself as a male soldier. When the soldiers later dress themselves as courtesans so they can sneak into the palace, the film completes its theme of gender as performance, with women pretending to be men and men pretending to be women. Mulan’s “I Want” song also plays like an anthem for kids born into the wrong gendered body—“When will my reflection show who I am inside?”—and intriguingly, the film insinuates that her male captain fell in love with her while she was masquerading as a man.

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Thus, Disney films have been both traditional and subversive, serving wholesome princess stories to a largely hetero-normative global audience while also subtly appealing to queer children. You don’t need to be up on your queer theory or buy into the “It Gets Better” campaign to understand why any of this matters. Through conventional happy endings for outcasts and oddballs, Disney films let every child know that it’s ok to be different.

The best subversion is carried out right under people’s noses; most people are idiots, and thus fail to recognize it for what it is, and the few who do can be easily marginalized as kill-joy paranoid quacks.

 

Southern Baptists are now having their sex summit…

… the one mentioned in the link in the first update in this post; see here:

Those participating in the three-day Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Leadership Summit beginning today plan to address the Gospel and human sexuality in an effort to equip pastors and church leaders on critical issues such as broken marriages, pornography, and homosexuality.

Joining ERLC President Russell Moore at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville at the leadership summit will be more than 20 pastors and Christian leaders mostly from North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama to share their expertise on the intersection of sexuality and Christianity.

Sounds all good; I hope and pray that they’ll be willing to ‘think outside the box’ and stop doing whatever they’ve always done.

Moore, 42, a Johnny Cash aficionado, is set to deliver a keynote address on Tuesday entitled “Walking the Line: The Gospel and Moral Purity.”

Oh dear; Russell Moore wants to show off how hip he is; ugh…

His colleague, Trillia Newbell, who became a consultant for Women’s Initiatives in the ERLC last year, and recent author of United: Captured by God’s Heart for Diversity  will speak during a breakout session entitled “Biblical Womanhood: June Cleaver, Claire Huxtable, or the Proverbs 31 Woman?” and offer a brief reflection on women and sexuality.

A brief reflection, eh? Might not more than just a brief reflection on the matter be warranted?

Other topics on the conference itinerary include pornography, homosexuality, and “biblical sexuality.” A panel discussion on the topic titled, “The Gospel and the Pastor’s Purity,” with Moore, the Executive Director of Certified Biblical Counselors Heath Lambert, Boyce College professor Denny Burk, Hyde Park Baptist Church senior pastor J. Kie Bowman, and moderator Phillip Bethancourt, the executive vice president at the ELRC is scheduled.

So, they’re going to also focus on porn (good, but will they seek to understand why people turn to porn?) homosexuality (the church is supposed to simply oppose such behaviour; is there really anything more to say about the matter than that? Other than perhaps pondering why social conservatism seems to be losing the fight against ‘gay marriage’…), and something called “biblical sexuality” (other than opposing fornication, adultery, and homosexual activity, not sure what else they mean by that term). Well, again, I hope and pray that they will learn and increase in wisdom, and grow spiritually, as they ponder and discuss such matters. I have my doubts, though…

Tony Merida, the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C., will examine sex trafficking, an increasingly salient issue among Evangelical millennials.

Even though ‘problems’ like the ostensible increase in sex-trafficking at the Super Bowl have been demonstrated to be a myth, meaning the sex trafficking problem, to the extent it exists, is really mostly an immigration and employment related problem, and probably not one affecting the Southern Baptist membership to any great extent.

The ERLC is the public policy wing of the Southern Baptists, the second-largest Christian denomination in the United States after Roman Catholics. The commission was founded by Richard Land, who serves as The Christian Post’s executive editor. The group “exists to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world.”

On its website, the ERLC lists religious liberty, human dignity, family stability and civil society as its four core issues.

ERLC is offering a live stream of the conference on its website.

There’s the link, if anybody wants to watch it. If you do, please let us know what you saw; I certainly can’t be arsed to watch it.

 

Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Unions and Gay Adoption; Defies Official Catholic State Religion

A sad development.

Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.

Can or will the Roman Catholic Church use its clout to try to get that overturned? One wishes they would…

The bill passed by a vote of 37-0, with the opposition abstaining because it is in favor of gay unions but not in allowing gay couples to adopt.

Some opposition, going along with it instead of fighting for the legislation they’d prefer by opposing this particular bill… If only they’d actually been against gay unions, then they would have actually opposed it, rather than abstaining from voting, thereby enabling it…

Muscat argued that the government moved the bill because it believed in it, and it “was doing it for the minority, but also for the majority, which would live in a country which was more equal, liberal and European.”

Oh, so opposing the zeitgeist is somehow less European? Tell that to Russia!

He also said that proposed amendments to the bill by the opposition were rejected because principles are not something that can be compromised with.

Ah yes; have to go full-bore on the issue, no partial victories allowed; only total ones…

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had expressed concerns for children’s rights, saying that they come first and pointing out that adoptions are not a right of couples, heterosexual or otherwise.

Busuttil clarified that his argument is not that gay people cannot be good parents, but that Malta was not yet prepared for such a step.

Ah, so even the opposition’s opposition is merely tokenism. Got it.

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna had warned before the vote that although the civil unions bill had some good points, it did not provide what’s best for the children. He spoke out against the language in the bill, which says that a child’s adoptive parents may now be a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.

“This does not reflect the order established by God in creation and may expose the children eventually entrusted to such adoptive parents to adverse effects. This goes against the principle that the best interests of the child should be the paramount concern in legislation. It is hoped that this principle will remain paramount whenever the new law is applied.”

“may expose the children eventually entrusted to such adoptive parents to adverse effects.” – as in this case

The CIA World Factbook states that 98 percent of Malta’s 412,000 population is part of the Roman Catholic Church, the official state religion.

So, with the Roman Catholic Church being that strong in Malta, surely they’d be in a position to bring much influence to bear on the matter, no?

Last month, Pope Francis said in an interview that the Church may be open to looking into some cases of civil unions, particularly when it involves benefits such as healthcare, but affirmed the official Vatican position that marriage is between a man and a woman.

“Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pope said in an article by the Corriere della Sera, translated by Catholic News Service, but added that “diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.”

“It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety,” Francis suggested.

Ah, so maybe that’s why the Catholic Church in Malta didn’t come out swinging against this.

Alas…