Today, Archbishop John MyersÂ (image, right,) unleashed a long-planned, 16-page attack against the LGBT community, comparing same-sex marriage with incest, demanding gay people abstain from accepting communion, and citing a debunked, fraudulent anti-gay parenting study.
Several LGBT organizations have responded. Below, the full text of each. We’ll update this post with any others as they become available.
Truth Wins Out Slams New Jersey Catholic Archbishop for Anti-Gay Pastoral Statement
Newark Abp. John Myersâ€™ Declaration that Pro-Equality Catholics Should Not Receive Communion is Reprehensible, Says TWO
BURLINGTON, Vt â€“ Truth Wins Out slammed Newark, New Jersey Catholic Archbishop John Myers today after he said in a pastoral statement that Catholics who support marriage equality are unfit to partake in the Eucharist and should â€œrefrain from receiving Holy Communion.â€ Notices informing parishioners of Myersâ€™ statement, in which he also compares marriage equality to incest, will be distributed this weekend in every Catholic parish in the Newark Archdiocese.
Myersâ€™ anti-gay remarks come just one day after Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop-elect of San Francisco, told the Los Angeles Times that gay and lesbian Catholics who are sexually active should not present themselves for the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
â€œThe actions of Archbishops Myers and Cordileone make it abundantly clear that homophobic bigotry is the official institutional policy of the Roman Catholic Church,â€ said TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen. â€œThe American Catholic bishops have gone off the deep end with their anti-gay extremism and get crazier every day.”
â€œArchbishop Myersâ€™ use of the Eucharist â€“ the central act of Catholic worship and the cornerstone of Catholic identity â€“ as a weapon with which to divide his flock and silence pro-equality Catholics is religion-based bigotry in its most reprehensible form,â€ added John Becker, Director of Communications & Development for Truth Wins Out. â€œCatholics believe Holy Communion to be the body and blood of Christ, and I canâ€™t think of a greater distortion of Jesusâ€™s message than excluding those who believe that all people, regardless of whom they love, should be equally welcome at Christâ€™s table.â€
In Myersâ€™ statement, he also explicitly endorses the practice of gay people marrying non-gay spouses, saying that such couples were capable of living â€œgood, faithful, and even joyous married lives. It is a lie to say that they are living, or have lived, a lie.â€
Dr. Amity Buxton, founder of the Straight Spouse Network and co-author of Unseen-Unheard: Journey of Straight Spouses, strongly disagrees with Myersâ€™ claim:
â€œWhile some gay/straight marriages work and some may even be happy, hiding a part of oneself from one’s mate is not only dishonest but also harmful to one’s own integrity or wholeness. In the many cases where gay or lesbian spouses eventually come out, after struggling to be straight for years, the revelation makes straight spouses realize they have been unknowingly living someone else’s lie,â€ she told TWO. â€œTheir own identity, integrity, and belief system are shattered. It takes three to six years for them to to reconfigure self-confidence and trust. Since most couples divorce after disclosure, their children have to grow up in a broken family.â€
In an interview with the Record, a northern New Jersey newspaper, Myers blamed the media, divorce, and contraception for the surge in social acceptance for same-sex marriage. He also indicated that he didnâ€™t believe polls showing that a majority of Catholics support marriage equality.
â€œDespite what Abp. Myers may wish to believe, polls consistently show that Catholics support LGBT rights, including full civil marriage equality, at a higher rate than the general public,â€ said Becker. â€œWhen he says that Catholics who donâ€™t subscribe to that churchâ€™s Stone-Age sexual mores are unworthy of full participation in the Church, heâ€™s not marginalizing a small sliver of the Catholic population, but nearly three-fourths of all Catholics in America. With prelates like Myers promulgating these appallingly divisive and discriminatory views, itâ€™s no wonder that membership in the Catholic Church is falling fast and priestly vocations have cratered.”
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Garden State Equality response to todayâ€™s statement of the Most Reverend John J. Myers,
Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Newark, comparing marriage equality to incest
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Statement of Garden State Equality Chair Steven Goldstein:
â€œFirst, though we at Garden State Equality profoundly disagree with Archbishop Myersâ€™ views on a number of public policy issues, including marriage equality, we express our appreciation to the Catholic Church for its leadership in helping the poor, the homeless and the hungry.Â Polarization in politics must not blind us from complementing our opponents where they stand up for certain values we have in common.
â€œSecondly, Archbishop Myers is entitled to speak out as he wishes on public policy issues, as he has done here.Â Though he comes close to having his church endorse candidates in violation of the law, the real test will be how his statement is used at the local level, especially considering that we are now in the heart of the campaign season.
â€œThirdly, we must address Archbishop Myersâ€™ remarks, which compare being gay to incest. Â When those with whom you differ make remarks that millions will find hurtful, and millions more will find alienating, itâ€™s best to let those astonishing remarks speak for themselves.
â€œThat said, weâ€™re not sure why Archbishop Myers would want to widen the gap between his own views and the majority of Catholics who favor marriage equality.Â As The Bergen Record reported today, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of American Catholics favor marriage equality, and the number rises to 72 percent among Catholics between the ages of 18 and 34.
â€œWe at Garden State Equality are deeply proud that so many of our members are practicing Catholics, both straight and LGBT Catholics alike.â€
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‘You Always Ask Me the Nicest Questions’: Biden Takes Down Doocy as Press Conference Nears End
About 90 minutes into President Joe Biden’s press conference, just as it was about to end, Fox News’ Peter Doocy called out a question and the President was only too happy to indulge him.
“You always ask me the nicest questions,” President Biden jovially responded to Doocy’s yelling, adding: “None of them make a lot of sense to me.”
Apparently desperate to prove him wrong, the Fox News correspondent declared, “Why are you trying in your first year so hard to pull the country so far to the left?”
President Biden didn’t get angry. He merely replied, “Well, I’m not.”
“I don’t know what you consider to be ‘too far to the left,'” President Biden continued, proceeding to rattle off a list of accomplishments that are pretty well-received and supported.
“In fact, we’re talking about making sure that we had the money for COVID making sure we had the money to put together the bipartisan infrastructure and making sure we’re able to provide for those things that in fact, we significantly reduced the burden on working class people but make them have to continue to work hard. I don’t know how that is pointed to the left. If you may recall. I, you guys have been trying to convince me that I am Bernie Sanders. I’m not, I like him but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I’m not a socialist. I’m a mainstream Democrat and I have been.”
“48 of the 50 Democrats supported me in the Senate on virtually every thing I’ve asked.”
President Biden then continued to take questions for a total of nearly two hours. The press conference is ongoing as of this publishing.
Fox News' Peter Doocy: "Why are you trying so hard in your first year to pull the country so far to the left?"
Biden: "Well, I'm not … I'm not Bernie Sanders, I'm not a socialist, I'm a mainstream Democrat." pic.twitter.com/m7bj4Hq1nU
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything
During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is taking a page out of fellow pro-filibuster Democrat Krysten Sinema’s book: giving a Senate floor speech during a critical presidential event.
Senator Sinema chose to be MIA during President Joe Biden’s rare trip to Capitol Hill recently to meet with Senate Democrats to shake hands and twist arms to convince holdouts to support changes to the filibuster so they can pass his democracy-protecting agenda.
Senator Manchin has chosen to schedule a Senate floor speech on preserving the filibuster at 4:30 PM ET, smack-dab in the middle of President Biden’s rare press conference, this one taking a look at his first year in office.
News via HuffPost’s senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery:
INBOX: TODAY AT 4:30 PM: MANCHIN TO SPEAK ON SENATE FLOOR ON FILIBUSTER, VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION
YES HIS OFFICE SENT IT OUT IN ALL CAPS
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 19, 2022
He’s not sitting with his own party.
Manchin is talking to Romney both seated in the back of the Senate chamber on the Republican side of the aisle ahead of the WV Senator’s floor speech.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 19, 2022
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