Disordered Appetites
June 21, 2009 5:57 PM   Subscribe

"The news is filled with efforts through legislation or the use of the courts to undermine marriage by expanding its definition to somehow include homosexual partnerships. Anyone who questions whether such efforts serve the common good are increasingly dismissed as “homophobic” and intolerant." So says Deacon Keith Fouriner on catholic.org, who compares obesity to homosexuality. Via (Change.org)

From Micheal A. Jones at change.org "To put Deacon Keith's question a different way: Should overweight people be denied 1,100 federal benefits in their marriage, have ballot questions put forward during each election season that threatens to take away their right to marry, and be told that they can't adopt or that they are unfit parents?
posted by Great Swell (13 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I mean this in the nicest posssible way, but this juxtaposition of obesity, gay marriage and "oh hey look what the catholics are saying" is really a trifecta of a way to ensure that your post will go poorly, though the early commenters didn't help much in that regard. -- jessamyn



 
Oh, cool, worst of the web. Or: the makings of a fighty mess!
posted by liketitanic at 6:09 PM on June 21, 2009


Not to derail the more obvious line of discussion, but I have to wonder -- have the NYT's copyright lawyers seen this site?
posted by collywobbles at 6:10 PM on June 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


If we can get cat de-clawing and male circumcision and your favorite band in here then we'll have a fighty singularity and explode in a ball of perfect, angry energy.
posted by The Whelk at 6:11 PM on June 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well that's one boneheaded comparison from the deacon there. And it might interest him to know that Catholics in particular and Americans in general show similar levels of support for gay marriage:
Non-practicing Catholics — defined as those who attend church less than twice a month — were more likely to support abortion rights and same-sex marriage than the American population at large. ... Seventy-five percent of practicing Catholics oppose same-sex marriage, compared to 54% of non-practicing Catholics.*

Americans' views on same-sex marriage have essentially stayed the same in the past year, with a majority of 57% opposed to granting such marriages legal status and 40% in favor of doing so.*
The actual opposition to gay marriage among Catholics as a whole falls pretty much in line with the rest of America. Not good by any means, of course. It just always makes me facepalm when someone in a position of authority, however small, make stupid comparisons like this.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:12 PM on June 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Next they'll be arguing that the government should outlaw eating meat on Friday.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:13 PM on June 21, 2009


Bill Maher probably would want to make it illegal for fatties to adopt.
posted by delmoi at 6:13 PM on June 21, 2009


I know. I kinda expect better from the Catholic Church. They're crazy, of course, but not crazy in this way.
posted by The Whelk at 6:13 PM on June 21, 2009


I really don't understand MF's obsession with homosexuality and gay marriage. Is it really necessary to have 15 echo chamber threads a week where everyone gets together and says "gay marriage is awesome; Christians are homophobes" ?
posted by Autarky at 6:15 PM on June 21, 2009


Well, he's right that obesity is like homosexuality.

Neither should be anybody else's fucking business.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:15 PM on June 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


FIAMO
posted by m0nm0n at 6:16 PM on June 21, 2009


I really don't understand MF's obsession with homosexuality and gay marriage.

Well, believe it or not, some of us are gay.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:16 PM on June 21, 2009


compares obesity to homosexuality

Does this mean Safeway will be providing insurance discounts to employees who are preventing a percentage of homosexuality through diet and exercise?
posted by yeloson at 6:18 PM on June 21, 2009


Well, believe it or not, some of us are gay.

You'd hardly know it from the color scheme. *sniff*
posted by The Whelk at 6:18 PM on June 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


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