Reponse to Hate, Greed and
By Alan Miller
November 07, 2006
With all of the recent comments about Hate, Greed and Fear, I
have tried to keep my big fat mouth shut but once again, I just
Most of the comments have been directly related to religious
foundations vs. homosexuality. We will take into consideration
the exception of the odd fellow who somehow finds same sex relations
and bestiality on the same page. (To you sir, I would recommend
Having said this, let s point out a few obvious points
The religious majority is constantly admonishing us to hate gay/lesbian
unions and yet it seems that each time I turn on the news, one
religious leader or another is involved in precisely the same
thing that they preach against.
Ted Haggard: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15588371/
And just so I don t single out one denomination:
There is a widespread misperception that clergy sexual abuse
is an exclusively Catholic problem that does not happen in other
churches. In a 1983 doctoral thesis by Richard Blackmon, 12%
of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse
with a parishioner and 38% admitted to other sexualized contact
with a parishioner. In separate denominational surveys, 48% of
United Church of Christ female ministers and 77% of United Methodist
female ministers reported having been sexually harassed in church.
Although the actual extent of the problem is unknown, the significance
of clergy sexual abuse is acknowledged by the denominational
leaders of all Christian churches.
This was in 1983... HELLO?
The Catholic Church has received over 12,000 abuse claims since
1950, including the 783 new accusations raised in 2005. Catholic
dioceses have spent over $1 billion since 1950 to deal with the
problem, and almost $467 million in 2005 which includes a $22
million settlement by the Hartford Archdiocese and a $56 million
settlement by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland in California
A review of publicly reported convictions going back 17 years
At least 75 clergymen have
been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, criminal sexual-abuse
charges since the landmark Gilbert Gauthe case in Louisiana in
About half of those -38 -were
Roman Catholic priests. The rest included Baptist ministers,
Methodists, Pentecostals, Episcopal priests, and others.
I realize that many of these
facts are incidents whereby religious leaders engaged in heterosexual
acts, however, having sex with young children or people against
their will, DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!
With this being said, I would like to add that I have had the
privilege of getting to know a same sex couple since I decided
to become a permanent resident of this little town. The one thing
I can say is that they are the most loving and caring people
that I have ever met.
In times such as these, where we are constantly threatened to
convert or die by radical Islamic sects, one would think that
we would truly understand tolerance and acceptance.
My hat is off to the many people who have submitted articles
in their support of same sex marriage and benefits.
Received November 06, 2006 - Published November 07, 2006
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