|Screenshot of Manhattan Declaration iPhone App|
In the name of tolerance, tolerance is being abolished; this is a real threat we face.The "humanist" agenda marches on at a staggering pace. ("Humanist" is a term that has been appropriated by the atheist community to make their position seem less radical.) This past week brings two new shocking developments.
– Pope Benedict XVI in "Light of the World"
- An iPhone application that is in support of the Manhattan Declaration was removed from the iTunes Store apparently on the grounds that it promotes “homophobia” and that its supporters are “anti-gay.”
- The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a well known civil rights group, has classified the Family Research Council and several other organizations as a “hate groups” because these groups are “anti-gay.”
The new re-definition of "anti-gay" includes anyone who believes that marriage should be exclusively between a man and a woman, and also anyone who believes that sex between people of the same gender is morally wrong. This would label most Christians as "anti-gay" and would also label the explicit biblical teachings of St. Paul against homosexuality as "hate speech".
For radical gay activists to make such statements is not really new, but for mainstream organizations such as SPLC and Apple to fully endorse such positions is very significant. Strategically, I think this is a huge mistake for gay activists. They are being egged on by the "humanists", who are just using gays as a sort of shock troop to promote their agenda.
This is another in a series of proxy attacks launched by the "humanists" against the Church. Abortion, gay marriage, gays in the military, the proliferation of pornography... these are the artillery of the "humanist" campaign which seeks to destroy the Church through a constant bombardment.
The "humanists" seek to polarize society. They welcome a popular backlash against gays, since this would only increase the anti-Christian feelings among many gay activists and their "liberal" allies. They seek to drown out in hostile rhetoric the Church's teachings of love towards those who have fallen into the trap of a homosexual life.
The "humanists" seek to create a full-fledged cultural war that pits the Church against secular society. They seek to radicalize the discussion to the point where the Church's merciful voice is drowned out in a sea of accusations and counter-accusations.
It would be a mistake for Christians to engage in argument with the "humanists" on their terms. While we must fully defend the Church against attacks, we should at the same time be very careful not to be provoked into abandoning our Christian principles of love and compassion.
Jesus, I trust in You!