Christmas trees violate church-state divide, but calling Catholics “hateful” OK

Christmas trees violate church-state divide, but calling Catholics “hateful” OK

“Federal Judge Says San Francisco’s Labeling of Catholics as ‘Hateful’ is Constitutional”

In March of this year the City of San Francisco issued one of the most startling attacks on the Catholic Church coming from a governmental body in the United States in half a century.  The governing body of the city of San Francisco - the Board of Supervisors - voted unanimously to approve a resolution blasting the Catholic Church for its opposition to homosexual adoption. That resolution has been deemed “constitutional” by Federal Judge Marily Hall Patel, in a recent ruling which is being appealed by the Thomas More Law Center.

The resolution attacked the teaching of the Catholic Church that homosexual adoption does “violence” to children since they would be placed in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.  The resolution blasted the teaching as “hateful and discriminatory rhetoric (that) is both insulting and callous, and shows a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this Board of Supervisors.’‘

District Judge Patel, a Carter appointee and one time counsel for the National Organization for Women (NOW), ruled that the Board resolution which, in addition to condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality, urged the Archbishop of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of San Francisco to defy Church directives, does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

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Domenico Bettinelli