I have written many times on this site, about unfair anti-tactics and a seeming inability of some on the Left to tolerate people who disagree with them, as if their ideological perspective was a ‘default’ truism and indisputable. The 2000-year-old Roman Catholic Church has been clear about what it believes for two millennia; I thought there would be little confusion about that.
Now a website has been established to help people ‘de-baptise’ themselves (something completely impossible) from the Roman Catholic Church. I feel this is unnecessarily provocative and partisan. If you believe in redefining Holy Matrimony, then don’t be Catholic, if you do, stay Catholic. I don’t always agree with the Catholic church either (Should the Pope make “Saints”?). But why this constant reflecting on ‘the other side’ tribalism that seems to hallmark so much of the same-sex marriage debate? Why is it so important to the Left to constantly reflect upon and attack the other side?…“well, because they’re bigots!” Just put the merits of your own case, argue the points (not the peeps) and let others disagree with you. This is how life works. No, some Lib.s have to re-invent the world in their own image. It’s about Utopia.
Reuters reports, “that some Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information.” Do they not know what the RCC stands for?
Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the church, said traffic onontdopen.nl had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage.
“Of course it’s not possible to be ‘de-baptised’ because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics,” Roes told Reuters.
He said he did not know how many visitors to the site actually go ahead and leave the church.
About 28 per cent of the population in the Netherlands is Catholic and 18 per cent is Protestant, while a much larger proportion – roughly 44 per cent – is not religious, according to official statistics.
The country is famous for its liberal attitudes, for example to drugs and prostitution, and in April 2001 it was the first in the world to legalise same-sex marriages.
Maybe the website creator could be as tolerant of Catholics and not pull silly anti-Catholic stunts like this to make his point? Or is his point only strong enough when defined in opposition to something else rather substantial, historic and cultural?