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Catholic League On Church Defacing

The Catholic League (famously dissed by Kathy Griffin as "one guy with a computer") has issued a reaction to yesterday's defacing of a Catholic church in the Castro.
Part of the blame for the latest attack goes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both Newsom and the Board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual Folsom Street Fair, they say nothing. When gay men dressed as nuns show up at Mass—at the same church—they say nothing. But the Board was quite vocal about condemning the Catholic Church in 2006, something which led to a lawsuit triggered by the Catholic League and the Thomas More Law Center. For those who love to write about ‘root causes,’ let them ponder the guilt of these public officials. Moreover, leaders in the gay community show no leadership when it comes to denouncing incivility committed in the name of gay rights. This has got to end.
The interesting question raised here is whether LGBT orgs should create any link between themselves and these incidents by acknowledging/denouncing them. Maybe they're too busy reacting every day to the murders, rapes, and assaults of LGBT people all over the country to worry about a few paint strokes on a building.

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