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At Least Bill O’Reilly Can Be Reasonable

…in comparison to that loony Glenn Beck.

In this brief interview O’Reilly conducted with Father Jonathan Morris, the conservative host chides the priest for his wrong-headed views on a case involving the expulsion of two children from a Catholic school because the parents are lesbians. The kids were enrolled as a preschooler and kindergartener.

It’s fascinating to watch as Father Morris tries–somewhat feebly and didactically–to defend the church’s decision. But as O’Reilly points out, why punish the children?

Bill O’Reilly is most definitely not an advocate of lesbian rights, but at least his intelligence does not override his fundamentalism (like Glenn Beck or, worst of all, Rush Limbaugh). Even O’Reilly doesn’t understand the Archbishop of Denver’s decision to turn away the schoolchildren. He questions all of the other parents living in sin: those who are divorced, committed adultery, married to people of non-Catholic faiths. Will their children be expelled too?

Dignity USA released a statement opposing the Catholic church’s decision:

“Until every student’s parents are tested on Catholic teaching, this action by Catholic officials cannot be understood as anything other than discrimination on the back of a child. At a tender age, this child has learned that Catholic officials are willing to inflict pain on children and families.”

Double standards, anyone?

Unhappiness with the Catholic church’s unwelcoming stand against GLBT families is not limited to the usual suspects. Even conservatives and Catholic organizations see the issue as unjust.

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