Month: March 2018

Special Topic: Gender Theory

By ANTONIO MALO

What is gender theory?

Gender theory is a school of thought that, in its attempt to bring about “self-emancipation from creation and the Creator” (Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia 2008, 1), aims to advance a libertarian or “free” approach to issues related to sexuality, marriage, and family. The distinction between sex and gender is a central element of this theory, which emerged in feminist circles in North America in the late 1960s and 1970s and has since spread throughout much of the world.

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Bathroom bill will ‘lose without Anchorage Catholics’

(ANCHORAGE) — A proposition to allow private businesses, parishes and outreaches in Anchorage the freedom to set policy on bathrooms and intimate spaces in accord with their convictions is doomed to fail without backing from area Catholics.

This was the message from Proposition 1 spokesman Jim Minnery in a Feb. 24 email to Catholics in Anchorage.

Read the full letter below:
From: Jim Minnery jim@akfamily.org
Subject: We’re Going To Lose Without Anchorage Catholics

I’ll be honest. If we don’t get members of the Archdiocese here in Anchorage more educated and motivated on why Prop 1 is so important to pass, we’ll lose this election and businesses, faith based groups and even women’s shelters will be forced to allow men into places where only women should be allowed. You might have seen or heard recently that the LGBTQ activists have raised over $415,000, mostly from outside Washington, D.C. based sources, to defeat Proposition 1. We’ve raised less than $40,000.

We don’t have to raise dollar for dollar what our opponents raise because we’ve been in this position before and we’ve won despite being significantly outspent.

But there is a difference this time. The Archdiocese of Anchorage is choosing to stay on the sidelines.

When we passed Ballot Measure 2 in 2010 that required physicians to notify parents before a minor could have an abortion, the Archdiocese of Anchorage provided extensive coverage of the issue through The Catholic Anchor, it’s newspaper. They allowed parishes to distribute church bulletins and leadership spoke up on the issue.  They took a stand. When we defeated Prop 5 in 2012 that would have discriminated against people for simply having traditional, Biblical views on sexuality, the Archdiocese did the same thing. They were instrumental in helping us achieve victory on these two important cultural fronts.

But the Archdiocese is purposefully staying out of Prop 1. You will not read anything in The Catholic Anchor about Prop 1 nor will you read or hear anything in the parishes.

It is heartbreaking for me to see.

Unfortunately, our recent polling shows that fewer than half of Catholics are planning to vote yes on Prop. 1.  In stark contrast, over two-thirds of self-identified “born again” Protestants say they will vote YES on Prop 1.

We’ve got to do something about it and soon as the ballots will be mailed on March 13th, less than two weeks away.

I’m asking you, as a faithful Catholic and one who has shown an interest in cultural issues to please stand with us today with a financial gift supporting our efforts to pass Prop 1. Although we can’t expect anything in The Catholic Anchor unfortunately or count on anything to be mentioned in any of the parishes, we can still educate and mobilize Catholics in the Anchorage area.

We can buy more radio and television ads. We can buy large Yes on 1 signs and place them, as space is available, within distance of as many parishes as possible. We can use technology to identify Catholic voters and have volunteers and paid individuals go door to door to tell the story of why a Yes on 1 vote is so important.

We are not counting the Catholics in Anchorage out. They have supported us so well in the past and they will again as long as we get the message to them.  Again, please contribute as soon as possible by making a secure, on-line donation HERE.

We need prayer as well. Please pray that our small campaign team will stay motivated, healthy and not get discouraged as the long days and nights of campaigning take their toll. Please pray that we will have discernment, efficiencies and wisdom as things heat up between now and April 3rd.

Finally, please forward this on to others in the Catholic community you think might be interested in helping us educate and mobilize Catholic voters here in Anchorage. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or thoughts on how we can get Catholics educated on Prop 1. We need them and we need you.

Godspeed!

Jim Minnery – President

Alaska Family Action

907.317.7268

 

10 questions with my ‘Shoulder Angel’ about Prop. 1

My shoulder angel! Why are you here?

To remind you that “where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and appeal to the grace of God. Charity urges just reforms. There is no solution to the social question apart from the Gospel.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1896).

Oh no. Are you here to tell me something about Prop 1?

Yes. You cannot simply pull an ostrich on this one.

All right, all right. I guess I have to pay attention to my civic duty. So what is Prop 1?

Prop 1 is a ballot initiative for Anchorage residents that aims to keep biological sex as the basis for using public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers (“intimate facilities”).

What would Prop 1 change?

If passed, Prop 1 would do two things: (1) require Municipality of Anchorage facilities to separate their intimate facilities according to biological sex, and (2) permit private business owners and religious groups to determine their own bathroom policies without threat of lawsuit from the city or ideological groups.

Wait, what? I’ve heard of the ACLU suing the pants off of Christians before, but can the City of Anchorage bring a lawsuit against a private business owner?

Not exactly – it hears or judges the lawsuit through its Equal Rights Commission.

The whatsit?

The Equal Rights Commission is a quasi-judicial agency within the Municipality of Anchorage. It hears complaints from citizens regarding allegations of discrimination. Per municipal code, it has significant powers, including the power to subpoena and the power to levy fines. As some of your human judges have remarked, the power to fine is the power to destroy — well, that’s a paraphrase.

Are you seriously suggesting that a business owner could be fined into submission by the very government which benefits from productive, tax-paying businesses?

I don’t need to suggest it – it’s happened in quite a few places already to various business owners: Baronelle Stutzman in Washington, Jack Phillips in Colorado, Elaine Huguenin in New Mexico, Blaine Adamson in Kentucky.

They lost their businesses?

Elaine Huguenin did. Blaine Adamson won his appeal, but spent oodles of time, sweat, and money in the process. And Baronelle Stutzman and Jack Phillips are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are other Christian business owners like them, too. Their lives and businesses will never be the same because they were willing to sacrifice their careers for the sake of testifying to BIblical truth about marriage.

Wait, you said “Biblical truth about marriage.” I’m Catholic, and this is about sexual orientation and gender identity. Doesn’t that mean I can put my head back in the sand now?

No. Here is what Pope Francis has to say:

“There are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender.” Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!” — Pope Francis, 27 July 2016

 

“You, Irina, mentioned a great enemy to marriage today: the theory of gender. Today there is a world war to destroy marriage. Today there are ideological colonisations which destroy, not with weapons, but with ideas. Therefore, there is a need to defend ourselves from ideological colonisations.” — Pope Francis, 1 October 2016

 

“The biological and psychological manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology can now make appear as a simple matter of personal choice – which it is not! – runs the risk of dismantling the energy source that feeds the covenant between man and woman, making it creative and fruitful. The mysterious bond between the creation of the world and the generation of God’s Son is revealed by his taking flesh in the womb of Mary – Mother of Jesus and Mother of God – out of love for us. This mysterious bond never fails to amaze and move us; its revelation fully illumines the mystery of being and the meaning of life. Henceforth, the mystery of human generation radiates a profound wisdom about life. Received as a gift, life             is itself exalted. Generating life regenerates us; by giving of our lives, we are enriched. — Pope Francis, 5 October 2017

Ok, ok. I get it. And, in fact, I would vote “Yes” on Prop 1, except that I am planning to be out of town on election day. So I guess that means I’m off the hook, right?

Nice try. Anchorage residents vote on Prop 1 by mail beginning on March 13, 2018.

Boy, you thought of everything, didn’t you? Angel? Where’d he go? Was that 10 questions already?

Our Motto

“Not to oppose error is to approve of it; and not to defend the truth is to suppress it!”  — Pope St. Felix III

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