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Gay Marriage Ban ‘Not Intended To Be Hurtful’ Says Archbishop Leading Charge

by David Badash on September 20, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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John Nienstedt, the Archbishop who gained infamy for mass-mailing hundreds of thousands of anti-gay marriage DVDs to Minnesota families without their asking or approval, now says the anti-gay marriage ballot initiative for which he’s been leading the charge is “not intended to be hurtful.”

“This is a positive affirmation, not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone,” Nienstedt, the Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said Tuesday, flanked by clergy members on the state capitol’s steps. “Our understanding of marriage between a man and a woman predates any government, or in fact, any religious denomination.”

Of course, then, it makes perfect sense to use the law as a weapon against same-sex couples and their children, right?

Minnesota already has a law that bans same-sex marriage, but that’s insufficient for this anti-gay man of God, who is following Pope Benedict XVI’s war on gay marriage edicts. Nienstedt’s war will write discrimination directly into Minnesota’s constitution, banning permanently same-sex marriage equality. Also, it is the antithesis of religious liberty, as it bans clergy who wish to marry same-sex couples from fulfilling the call of their own faith.

Archbishop Nienstedt displays one of the prime reasons those opposed to the Pope and the Catholic leadership are so outraged: they are selfish, they consider neither the rights nor lives of those who do not choose to follow their faith. Only their version of Catholicism, or Christianity, may survive — all others be damned.

Minnesota Public Radio notes Nienstedt says said the anti-gay marriage amendment isn’t about forcing religious teachings on non-believers.

Earlier this year, under Nienstedt’s leadership, a Catholic priest who hosted a mandatory assembly told seniors at Minneapolis’ DeLaSalle high school that single parents and children who are adopted are not normal and preached against same-sex marriage, and a Catholic couple who presented with the priest told the students gay marriage was akin to bestiality, all apparently in an effort to influence the seniors — soon to be of legal voting age — to vote for the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment facing Minnesota.

Below, part one of Archbishop Nienstedt’s DVD sent to hundreds of thousands of Minnesota families.


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Alex_Parrish September 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

It's just the same old 'love the sinner hate the sin" and it's bulls**t. Of course it's hurtful and, what's more, it was meant to be. The primary goal of the R.C. church is to gain power and to control lives for their own benefit. Fortunately, this silly cult is losing power and fading away in civilized countries. Not soon enough for me.

Scott_Rose September 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

That is typical abuser's bullshit the Vatican representative is spouting there. That ain't love. When will the Vatican finally acknowledge that it had a power-sharing agreement with Mussolini and his fascist government, that it cooperated in demonizing WWII-era homosexuals and getting them deported to concentration camps?

GaybyGod September 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The Vatican is paying dearly for their intense efforts in discriminating against Gays. Gays who were created by God. People are dropping out of the Catholic church, especially the young. They are now reaching out in desperation to bring back the young members, and get new ones in Africa. Proud and condescending, they stand their ground on discrimination. Sadly they are still generating enough tithing to keep them in their robes, and luxury.

What one sows, so shall they reap.

Bose_in_SP_MN September 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

So, let's just take this back to 1955.

Dear Mrs. Parks,

Please understand the the city codes of Montgomery are simple reflections of long-standing traditions. They are positive affirmations, not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone. We celebrate your ability to use the bus system, your work ethic, and that we can all coexist peacefully within the established order of things.

Unfortunately, though, some things are out of our hands. We cannot have you violating God's intent to keep the races separate, as the Bible and human history have instructed us.

Thank you in advance for letting us lovingly usher you to the back of the bus.

Huntercgo September 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

There speaks a man who exists in a complete moral vacuum.

GaybyGod September 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

"Church man speak with fork tongue".

Perhaps if the Archbishop stood in my shoes, he would experience, the hurt, I feel, from discrimination.
That, stems from the TRUTH … not hearsay and judgments.

david0296 September 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

"Minnesota Public Radio notes Nienstedt says said the anti-gay marriage amendment isn’t about forcing religious teachings on non-believers."

That's simply a flat-out lie. Since civil secular marriage is not in the purview of the church, they are indeed trying to force their doctrine on the rest of society.

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