A Catholic priest at St. Augustine Parish in Andover has asked state Representative Barbara A. L’Italien to step down as cantor and leader of the children’s choir because of the legislator’s support for abortion rights and gay marriage.
”He said because of my views, he did not want to have me on the altar at church anymore," L’Italien said yesterday, adding that she had refused the request from the Rev. William M. Cleary nearly two weeks ago.
L’Italien has been attending Wednesday night children’s choir practices and plans to act as cantor again during the holidays, unless she receives a written order from Cleary, she said.
”I’m trying to be a good Catholic," L’Italien said. ”But this should be a separate issue. Church should be a sanctuary for me and my faith and not have anything to do with my work." [Source]
This attitude is really not so surprising. First we had the false dichotomy of church and state with the alleged wall of separation to prevent you from actually voting based on your faith. Now we have the separation of work and church. Her comment is just so laughable and devoid of reason. Would her excuse also go for a professional robber? "Hey I only rob people while working, my being in the choir is a separate issue." Well maybe – after all most politicians also force money out of your pocket with the treat of force so maybe this example argument wasn’t sufficiently ad nauseam.
I can imagine a last judgment scene with Jesus separating the sheep from goats. "Excuse me Mr. Christ. I think there has been some mistake! I am suppose to be with the sheep. Jesus replies ‘whatever you do to the least of them you did to me.’ Just a second -are you referring to my support for abortion? If you are then that is where the mistake was made. That was done at work. Hey what do you mean depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire. I already told you that was at work."