Ex-gay speaker Joseph Sciambra has already been receiving hate mail blaming him (and others like him) for the massacre of 50 people at a gay bar in Orlando. Anderson Cooper blames Florida AG Pam Bondi. An old high school friend of mine blamed Pat Robertson’s network on his Facebook page. I’ve blamed Mohammed (the infamous prophet.) Others, including Bishop Lynch of Florida, have blamed all of Christendom and Islam collectively. Some have blamed the Democratic Party (the shooter was a registered Democrat.) Some have blamed homophobia in general. The president and Hillary Clinton blame guns. Who really is to blame for this atrocity?

So far, there is only one person to blame that we know of. That is the perpetrator Omar Mateen. His wife is possibly also to blame. The human mind has a hard time getting around the idea that one or two people can be responsible for so much death. We tell ourselves that there must be more blame to go around because so much injustice has occurred. We cannot fathom the idea of one person causing so much injustice all by himself. We look for others to cast blame on. It’s only natural.

At the same time, we cannot ignore that this is not an isolated incident. There have been other terror attacks on U.S. soil, the most deadly of which was the attack on the World Trade Center. Something is going on in America that is ugly and dangerous, and the Orlando shooting was just the latest manifestation of this. In this, we can try to determine what ills of society are contributing to the problem. Unfortunately, we are deeply divided on this question. Is it homophobia and guns, as Bishop Lynch would have us believe? Is it the Democratic Party? The Republican Party? Christendom? I submit that the common thread here is the rejection or loss of reason.

The Newtown shooting was due to mental illness. In mental illness, we see the loss of reason. Islamism rejects reason. Pope Benedict XVI courageously pointed this out in his famous speech at Regensburg. As Rick Santorum pointed out in his speech on Islamic fascism at the University of Oklahoma, in Islam “to think is an infidel.” How else can a Muslim kill 50 people in a bar unless he has sacrificed his basic human reason to a god who ostensibly knows better?

In contrast, Christianity embraces reason. Read Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio for the best example of this. Most men are not murderers because man’s basic human reason tells him not to murder others. Christianity’s teaching against murder is, then, in sync with basic human reason. It is because of this that I find appalling the claims that Christianity may somehow be to blame, even in a small measure, for what happened in Orlando. A bishop may say so, but my basic human reason tells me that is nonsense.

I do not hold out much hope that our country will be less divided on these things tomorrow than it was yesterday. It is very sad that we have come to this, particularly given how we came together after the attacks on September 11. We should pray that we can come together on the idea that most of us are not murderers and it requires a loss or rejection of reason to commit murder. If we can just agree to that, I think it will be a big step forward.

 

 

 

bill_donahueNEW YORK, June 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the victims’ lobby:

The plight of those who have been sexually abused, especially minors, is a condition eminently worthy of our compassion. Unfortunately, many of those who have professionally taken up the cause of these victims are dishonest activists who are not above lying to advance their interests.

· Last week, NY Assemblywoman Margaret Markey lied about Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, accusing him of bribery.

· In 2012, the director of SNAP, David Clohessy, admitted under oath that he has lied to the press.

· In 2011, Terence McKiernan, founder of BishopAccountability, lied when he told a conference that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was protecting 55 priests.

· Jeffrey–“I’m suing the s*** out of [the] Catholic Church” Anderson–has lied repeatedly about “smoking guns” that never seem to fire, trying to implicate the Vatican in U.S. abuse cases.

· Last month, Yeshiva University lawyer Marci Hamilton lied to the press when she said the bishops pay my salary. She knows full well that the Catholic League is not funded by the bishops.

· Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, whose role was acknowledged in “Spotlight,” twice pressed charges against a priest who was never found guilty of anything: In 2011, he blew up at me for simply questioning him; he was even condemned by the Boston Globe for his recklessness.

· In 2012, author Jason Berry lied when he said that I defended the disgraced priest, Father Marcial Maciel. He knew this was untrue.

In short, we are not dealing with honest champions of the abused. We are dealing with liars who exploit the very persons they claim to help.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 10, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Ohio school district filed suit Friday against the U.S. departments of Education and Justice for making federal educational funding dependent on students sharing overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers, and restrooms with the opposite sex.

The Department of Education has threatened the federal funding of Highland Local School District—situated in Ohio’s Morrow, Knox, and Delaware counties—because officials there have not allowed a student who professes a gender that conflicts with that student’s biological sex to access intimate facilities like overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers, and restrooms designated for and used by students of the opposite sex.

“Schools have a duty to protect the dignity, privacy, and safety of all students. This is precisely what Highland Local School District has done,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell. “Despite that, the Department of Education is attempting to strong-arm Highland into complying with a lawless demand to open its single-sex overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex. The DOE is trying to redefine a federal law that only Congress can change.”

The district has allowed the student to use single-use restrooms and has acceded to nearly all of the requests from the student’s guardian to respect that student’s professed gender. But the guardian nonetheless filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights because the district will not provide the child with access to intimate facilities designated for the opposite sex. Acting on the complaint, OCR has demanded that the district allow such access despite the district’s obligation to protect the dignity interests and privacy rights of all its students.

“As a result, Highland faces an impossible choice: capitulate to Defendants’ demands and sacrifice the dignity and privacy rights of their students; or protect those rights and watch Defendants strip away more than a million dollars each year in federal funding devoted to special-education programs, lunches for underprivileged children, and educational advancement,” the ADF complaint states. “The Court should resolve this dilemma, declare that Defendants’ new Title IX rule is an unlawful executive-branch attempt to rewrite federal law, enjoin Defendants from enforcing that rule, and protect Highland from having to cut programs that serve underprivileged children and students struggling to learn.”

The DOE bases its threats against the school district on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that prohibits schools from discriminating “on the basis of sex.” Contrary to the agency’s current directives, Title IX’s existing regulations specifically state that a school receiving federal funds can “provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” without putting that funding at risk.

The ADF lawsuit explains that the DOE and DOJ are both unlawfully redefining the terms of Title IX, something that only Congress can alter, and are illegitimately forcing their political will on all public schools across the nation. No federal law requires schools to allow boys into girls’ locker rooms or girls into boys’ locker rooms, and numerous courts have rejected the agencies’ interpretation of Title IX.

Andrew J. Burton is serving as additional counsel for the school district in the lawsuit, Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. United States Department of Education, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. ADF attorneys have filed two other lawsuits, one in Illinois and one in North Carolina, against the DOE and DOJ over its attempt to rewrite Title IX.