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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Catholic Church deserves no apology from state representatives”

  1. salgal

    I know it’s a cliche but I’d like to hear these zealots explain how their Christian values propose to care for children that are unwanted, hungry, lacking appropriate parenting, abused, homeless….perhaps all of that. But even one such condition is unacceptable if it is critical that they be born but then abandoned by the churches and faiths that see no need to extend their compassion and duty for these children once they exit the womb. THAT IS SINFUL.

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  2. ritreeman

    The Catholic Church has every right to set rules for their members but that is where it ends. They have the right of freedom of religion and I respect their right. Until the Catholic Church starts trampling on my rights and especially the rights of woman. You as a Catholic have no right trying to impose your religious beliefs on anyone.

    In other words stay out of a woman’s health care decisions with her significant other and her doctor.

    You have spit in my face called me a faggot, tried pushing me down a flight of stairs at the State House when I testified in favor of Marriage equality for my friends that are members of the LBGTGQ community and your Bishop threatened to excommunicate me without even knowing if I were Catholic – which I am not.

    You Catholics are no better than any other group of religious zealots.

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