Is This Religious Freedom: Teen Denied Confirmation for Supporting Equality

Religious conservatives were right; gay marriage equality will infringe on religious beliefs–just not the way they said it would. From the Park Rapid Enterprise in Minnesota:

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic.

That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption Church here found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook.

The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.

“You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” Shana Cihak said.

I am sure there are going to be defenders of Rev. LaMoine who will say that if you can’t follow the tenants and teachings then you can’t be a part of the religion. That I can tolerate. What really bothers me about this is the utter hypocrisy of the church on this matter.

One of the main talking points that we hear frequently against gay marriage equality is that it will infringe on religion; that there will be consequences for those who support marriage as only between a man and a woman. Yet, here we have a consequence of supporting gay marriage equality. Clearly, these consequences cut both ways, no matter how much the church would like folks to believe otherwise.

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