There are a few issues in particulate that really rev [non-Christians'] engines. They are:

  • Who gets to take communion in Catholic Churches (which they insist, even while they debate this endlessly, is just a superstition and a wafer.)
  • Why the Church won’t affirm gay marriage.
  • Why the Church won’t say it’s ok for them kill people they want to kill (the unborn, the elderly, disabled, etc.)

It’s as if it offends them that Catholics have the same rights to vote, free assembly and to petition their government as other citizens. I suppose it’s true that it does offend them. Because one takeaway I get from reading the comments from most (not all, there are a couple of clear exceptions) of these people is that they are, at base, bullies.

While the last item on Hamilton’s list is completely over-the-top and uncalled for — she attacks supporters of reproductive rights and euthanasia — I think she actually raises a good point: Why do we fight so hard to get the Church to do things like affirm gay rights and ordain women when it goes against everything Catholics believe?

The simple answer is that the Church’s opposition to common sense policies and basic human decency hurts people who are close to us.