Precinct 333

Friday, August 20, 2004

Homosexual Seeks To Force Marriage On Catholic School

Seems like we have one more example of how the homosexual marriage debate is really about making a direct assault on orthodox Christianity. Doug Neff, a religion teacher at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd Catholic High School was not renewed because of he and his partner went to San Francisco for one of the cities faux-marriages. Now he is trying to force the school to give him his job back.
"What kind of message does it send to students if a teacher loses his job because he's gay?" he asked.

I'll answer -- it sends the message that the Church really believes what it teaches about the sacrament of marriage.

And while Neff disclaims any intent of suing, that is belied by the (rejected) complaint he fired with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing . That indicates a propensity to take legal action here. Don't be surprised to hear that one activist group or another is filing suit on his behalf.

Religious institutions ought to be free to set their employment standards based upon religious criteria -- and that should not be limited by any statute, given the broad language of the First Amendment. I remember teaching at a Catholic school a few years ago and having language in my contract insisting that any marriage I enter be canonically valid, on pain of immediate termination. Conduct that caused scandal was also cause for dismissal. Seems to me that this guy crossed that line.

And as a religion teacher, he should know that.


Thursday, August 19, 2004

There Is An Ad In Here Somewhere

I'm sure someone in the advertising department for Ranier Beer is already writing up the proposal. After all, that was the bear's preferred brand.


Monday, August 16, 2004

Of All The Arrogant Demands!

Omar Garcia is one of the damp-vertebraed invaders that crosses our borders on a regular basis. He is a criminal, violating our nation's immigration laws. And like so many criminals, he fell victim to another criminal, who stole his wallet and money. There would be nothing to report if that was it.

But the thief died in a drowning accident in the Rio Grande. Garcia's family was notified that, based upon the wallet, Omar was dead. They claimed the body and buried it on Thursday -- only to be called by their loved one on Saturday.

And now the family is mad -- at the US. For its trouble, they want financial restitution for the funeral expenses. And to have US authorities pick up the body and get it to the right family. Oh, yes, and legal status that will put him on the path to citizenship.

Family members at first said they planned to sue Texas authorities for negligence, but backed off that claim Monday evening. They said instead they'd prefer for Garcia to avoid deportation back to Mexico.

"The only thing I want is that they leave my son alone so that he can work," said Garcia's father, Omar. "I ask that they put his papers in order."

I've got a better deal for you. We'll ship your son back to you at your expense, waive criminal charges against him, and place him and the rest of the family on the immigration watch list so that you can never enter the US legally.

And then we seal our southern border with the troops being redeployed from Europe and Asia..


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