No VAW Act for you

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops covers itself with glory again by finding stupid pettifogging reactionary reasons to refuse (officially, publicly, in a statemently) to support the Violence Against Women Act. Anything to be conspicuous, eh guys?

The chairmen of four committees and one subcommittee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a joint statement to voice their concerns on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, passed recently by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. These concerns, as the bishops state, prevented the USCCB from supporting this version of the act.

Aw. Concerned, are you? Poor things. Tell us all about it.

“All persons must be protected from violence, but codifying the classifications ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ as contained in in S. 47 is problematic,” they wrote. “These two classifications are unnecessary to establish the just protections due to all persons. They undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference. They are unjustly exploited for purposes of marriage redefinition, and marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and with any children born from their union.”

Oh get over it. Meanings change, importance changes, definitions change, institutions change. Get over it. A woman and a man can still marry, still unite, still have children. You don’t need to issue statements and draw attention to yourselves just because other kinds of couples can also do that. You don’t need to police sexual difference, either. You’re not in charge of everything. Just get over it.

The bishops also expressed their concerns about the exclusion of conscience protections from the bill as passed, which would protect the conscience rights of faith-based service providers that assist victims of human trafficking.

Meaning, the “conscience rights” of theocratic pests who want to stop people using contraception and abortion. They want a protected right to interfere with the rights of other people.



  1. karmacat says

    Talk about lack of any empathy. Even if they disagree with the idea of gender identity or sexual orientation, they should at least want all people to be safe from violence. These damn bishops making it about them. I guess they’re upset that the world doesn’t revolve around them

  2. crowepps says

    Do you think it occurred to them for even one second as they began to bleat yet again about “marriage…unites a man and a woman with each other and with any children born from their union” that the subject of the bill is trying to protect the woman and the children born of the union from the man in question taking advantage of that union to beat the crap out of his family? It sounds as tone deaf in this context as the repeated claims that priests using their positions to perpetrate sexual attacks on children shouldn’t be the focus because of “all the good the Church does” providing schools and orphanages, considering that’s precisely where the priests had access to, an opportunity to groom, and authority over their victims.

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