US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Knee-jerking on left and right

Bryan Cones | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Two news stories illustrate nicely how both left and right can be equal opportunity offenders when it comes to overreactions about religion and civic life. On the right we have the Thomas More Law Center, which claims to be a legal advocacy group for Catholics. The Center, which lost its suit against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for condemning the Vatican's refusal to allow Catholic Charities to place children with same-sex couples for adoption, responded by saying: "It is not a stretch to compare the San Francisco board's actions to that of the Nazi Germany policy of Gleichschaltung, vilifying Jews as an auxiliary to and laying the groundwork for more repressive policies, including the final solution of extermination," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. I think that qualifies as a little over the top.

On the left, we have an administrator at UCLA, who didn't want a graduating senior to use her "personal statement" to say, "I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," because it was sectarian and would be read by a university official. Once the lawyers got involved, UCLA immediately admitted its error, thankfully, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

I think everyone should take a big, deep breath.