Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


Advertising and Christian Morality
 
Can the Catholic put up posters promoting LGBT rights?
 
Not if it is true that LGBT people are breaking divine law and will suffer eternal loss if they fail to repent before dying.
 
Not if it is true that LGBT rights are not rights at all.
 
Not if its true that LGBT people are only embracing misery at the price of temporary joys.
 
The Catholic who does it is not respecting his religion. Rather than being neutral, he is respecting another authority be it the state or a health body or whatever.
 
The Catholic believes that God has the right to make laws that seem to make little or no sense to us. That is simply because he sees the full picture and we don't. Thus religion has to be based on dogma - and dogma will necessarily involve a refusal to deal with any criticism of the dogma unless the criticism is inadequate. The believing Catholic cannot put the posters up for the posters show no concern for Catholic teaching.
 
According to some, hating the sin and loving the sinner means:
 
- You do not shun the sinner. Instead you encourage her to repent.
 
Jesus said that you must shun a stubborn sinner as a sign of how much they need to get rid of the sin.
 
- You do not call the sinner names. Instead you curse the sin.
 
Jesus called the Jewish leaders all the names under the sun in Matthew 23. And you cannot want to hurt a sin - its only a person you can want to hurt.
 
- You avoid ill feelings for the sinner. But you must have the feelings of intense dislike for the sin.
 
This contradicts Christian teaching that acting for the welfare of others despite our feelings for them is all that matters.
 
Do you encourage the person not to sin for their own sake or because you hate the sin? You may hate the sin but that is not necessarily because of her. For the Christian, God comes first therefore it is the fact that he is being offensively disobeyed that matters.
 
In any case, the account of how we are supposed to love sinners and hate their sins proves that Catholics fail to hate the sin if they call for support for LGBT rights by putting posters up. And even more so if the posters promote same-sex marriage!
 
Leave the Church and be an honest man or woman and you could then be a true supporter of LGBT rights.