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SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty Introduces Resolution Condemning Vandalism of Holy Redeemer Church

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Yesterday, San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors meeting condemning the recent vandalism at the city's Most Holy Redeemer Church:

Dufty***TEXT OF RESOLUTION***

WHEREAS, Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic community established in 1900 and located within the heart of San Francisco's Castro District, is widely known as a Gay-friendly parish; and

WHEREAS, For over 20 years the community of Most Holy Redeemer Church has sustained an active AIDS support group providing direct care to persons with HIV disease and assistance to those who love and care for them; and

WHEREAS, Most Holy Redeemer Church established a Peace and Social Justice Group to reflect upon and address issues of justice both inside and outside the church, particularly in response to sexism, homophobia, racism, and the willful failure to protect the poor and underserved; and

WHEREAS, The Community Life Committee of Most Holy Redeemer is made up of various organizations in the parish that form the faith and build a deeper sense of community for all ages and interest groups in the parish and the extended local community regardless of religious affiliation; therefore, now be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco does hereby condemn the recent intimidation of Most Holy Redeemer Church and its parishoners through acts of vandalism, specifically the defacing of its exterior with spray-painted graffiti that included the names of church leaders and the depictions of swastikas; and therefore, be

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco commends the significant accomplishments and contributions made by the faith community of Most Holy Redeemer Church to the City of St. Francis.

***END OF RESOLUTION***

On Monday, the Catholic League's Bill Donohue released a ridiculous statement linking the vandalism to gays angry about Proposition 8, despite any evidence of that, and implicating San Francisco supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom for remaining silent. Donohue also reintroduced some of the gross distortions made by religious leaders about peaceful Prop 8 protestors and hateful acts never proven to have any connection to the gay community.

Read it, AFTER THE JUMP...

DonohueSaid Donohue: "In the wake of Proposition 8, innocent persons have been assaulted, churches have been vandalized, a white substance resembling anthrax was sent to the Knights of Columbus and to Mormon temples, supporters of traditional marriage have been branded Nazis, African Americans have been called the ‘N-word,’ houses and cars have been trashed, etc. Unfortunately, most of those in the gay community have been silent about these acts. Part of the blame for the latest attack goes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both Newsom and the Board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual Folsom Street Fair, they say nothing. When gay men dressed as nuns show up at Mass—at the same church—they say nothing. But the Board was quite vocal about condemning the Catholic Church in 2006, something which led to a lawsuit triggered by the Catholic League and the Thomas More Law Center...For those who love to write about ‘root causes,’ let them ponder the guilt of these public officials. Moreover, leaders in the gay community show no leadership when it comes to denouncing incivility committed in the name of gay rights. This has got to end.”

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  1. who gives a shit about a church's good works? It doesn't change the fact that the Catholics are fucking with my family and my rights and they're lucky they've only been vandalized.

    Posted by: mike (formerly of San Francisco) | Jan 7, 2009 1:51:39 PM


  2. Catholics do no good works that aren't either motivated to allow them to commit larger and more egregious acts, or to cover up the ones they've already committed. Let's not kid ourselves about them. I was one for almost 20 years.

    Vandalizing their church? Why so outraged? Synagogues and black churches get it all the time. Now the Catholics can learn to remove graffiti like the rest of the world.

    Grab a scrubbrush Padre. Just like the rest of us do.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 7, 2009 2:01:38 PM


  3. The Catholic Church is so fucking pissed off at Gavin Newsom that they will say and do anything to get attention. Fuck them.
    If they spent more time actually helping people instead of fucking with their personal lives then maybe the world would be better with them in it but until that time they better just STFU!!! Especially in San Francisco where being a Catholic(or other religious zealot) don't mean shit!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 7, 2009 2:04:16 PM


  4. You people are repulsive and don't even bother to even care about a parish that has spoken out against Prop 8 and that continues to do so much good work for the gay community of San Francisco.

    Instead you resort to right wing tactics like painting entire groups in broad strokes.

    Stop the hate-mongering. You're only dividing the gay community even further.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 7, 2009 2:06:04 PM


  5. H8 breeds HATE. Who is surprised? Unfortunately, individual churches will be lost in the big picture, since the BIG PICTURE here is Entire Religious Institutions hell-bent on hurting our families. Can "open & affirming, gay -friendly" Mormon and Catholic churches survive if the BIG CHEESES at the top are not? Perhaps some religions should be jettisoned entirely (by Q's).

    My predictions for 2010 here:
    http://gaytaxprotest.blogspot.com/2009/01/hate-in-2008-armageddon-in-2010.html

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Jan 7, 2009 2:23:05 PM


  6. i seem to recall back when i lived in san francisco, that most holy redeemer was one of the most gay-positive churches in the city. i'm inclined to believe that vandlizing MHR like that is akin to shitting in one's own home. i mean what's next? going after old first?

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 7, 2009 2:25:17 PM


  7. I thought the spray job was marginal at best, penmanship was appalling, and nearly illiterate in spelling -- they sprayed an 'R' and then tried go over it again to make it a 'P' ! There are no do-overs in spray painting. The guilty should be forced to write it 100 times on the church until it's perfect.

    Posted by: TikiHead | Jan 7, 2009 2:25:37 PM


  8. Oh wow. Shocking that people are being INcivil about the trampling of our Civil rights. QQ Moar, catholics.

    Posted by: The Avatar of Blue | Jan 7, 2009 2:33:15 PM


  9. "Gay Friendly Catholic Church" is so oxymoronic that it's akin to saying "jewish friendly nazis", or "black friendly KKK groups.

    Bevan Dufty is one of those self-hating gay hypocrites who spouts "tolerance" for an intolerant cult like the Catholic mafia.

    I am proud of the fact that I participated in an ACT-UP ZAP against his Hinny-ness in 1988, and also took part of the Stop-The-Church action at St Patricks in 1989.

    The Catholic church is a criminal organization that should be countered by any GLBT person seeking their basic civil rights and human dignity. You cannot "tolerate", or make peace with, or accommodate intolerance and hate..period.

    Posted by: stevielee | Jan 7, 2009 2:36:33 PM


  10. Don't be surprised if it turns out that the vandalism was perpetrated by Catholics specifically to drum up some sympathy and to make "the gays" look bad.

    As for this parish being "pro-gay." That's rather like saying that the local branch of the KKK doesn't hate black folks.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 7, 2009 2:38:53 PM


  11. It sure as hell didn't a resolution. It's graffiti for god's sake, you see it every day. This Donohue guy is right wing scum, an extremist, and a complete homophobe...he shouldn't be part of any intelligent conversation.

    Posted by: bryanD1 | Jan 7, 2009 2:40:51 PM


  12. Three questions:

    Can we have a discussion that is more nuanced than "Gay = good, Catholics = bad"? This "I don't care if you are Mother Teresa, nothing that you've ever done, no matter how noble, matters if you are Catholic" line of reasoning is a little too simplistic.

    Is it possible that there are better places to channel anger than onto the wall of one of the least offensive Catholic/religious places, home to one of the least offensive Catholic congregations in California? Yes, nobody died, but the use of the swastika should give pause to us when we've frequently been the target of the same kind of stunt.

    Could the look on Bill Donahoe's face, as he cradles "Twilight of Liberty" be any more telling? Can't wait for the sequel, "Sunset of Liberty, Dawn of Sodom". He'll be grinning ear to ear in that publicity shot.

    Posted by: MammaB | Jan 7, 2009 2:44:53 PM


  13. Three questions:

    Can we have a discussion that is more nuanced than "Gay = good, Catholics = bad"? This "I don't care if you are Mother Teresa, nothing that you've ever done, no matter how noble, matters if you are Catholic" line of reasoning is a little too simplistic.

    Is it possible that there are better places to channel anger than onto the wall of one of the least offensive Catholic/religious places, home to one of the least offensive Catholic congregations in California? Yes, nobody died, but the use of the swastika should give pause to us when we've frequently been the target of the same kind of stunt.

    Could the look on Bill Donahoe's face, as he cradles "Twilight of Liberty" be any more telling? Can't wait for the sequel, "Sunset of Liberty, Dawn of Sodom". He'll be grinning ear to ear in that publicity shot.

    Posted by: MammaB | Jan 7, 2009 2:52:00 PM


  14. I'm a long time member of Most Holy Redeemer. The parish has conducted nothing but absolute love for everyone who steps through the door: left wing, right wing, sisters of perpetual indulgence, homeless, gay, straight, families whatever...

    The basic message being lost in larger church is love. I don't see anyone from the SF Archdiocese trying to overturn capitol punishment.

    A little graffiti? That's no big deal. See how lovely other members of the church treat us below. There is so much harassment that we are numb. Be sure to catch the comments by readers of the last link.

    http://sanfrancisco-catholic.com/

    http://www.qdomine.com/

    http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=48229f4f-7acc-4888-bc9e-3db0bd90ea3b


    Posted by: sfcatholic | Jan 7, 2009 3:19:43 PM


  15. Bevan Dufty has become the king of milk toast posturing. What some prick did to the church is stupid and nothing more that tragic graffiti from a tragic person. But of course Bevan, the paper-iest of paper tigers, has to waste the tax payers time & money with a proclamation. What a drip.

    Posted by: SFGAY | Jan 7, 2009 3:54:48 PM


  16. O'Reilly was on about this as well, claiming that all left wingers and gays really just hate Catholics. They're so paranoid.

    Frankly I could care less what they do, as long as they don't mess with my rights. Destroying the Catholic Church is not high on my gay agenda at all.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jan 7, 2009 4:07:54 PM


  17. Anyone who has ever been to MHR, or did a quick google, would know that the parish is
    almost all gay/bi male, including the priests. One of the first HIV related hospices and support groups in SF started there.

    The church (any church) is its people. It's not the hierarchy. Hardly any money collected goes back to the archdiocese, even less to the Vatican. Clearly the Vatican has a terrible legacy against many groups of people, including our community. Very few people of MHR could be construed as anti-gay, as most are gay themselves (& not the Roy Cohn variety). There are gay Catholics, Jews, Evangelicals, etc. There are (even) gay Republicans(no, not me)!!! WE all don't need to be identical. Most of us are working toward the same goals.

    After Proposition 8 passed almost all of us are angry (including me.... my partner and I were married just before its passage).

    Let's try to be a little bit easier on each other, we need to work together to overturn it, not scapegoat each other.

    Posted by: Rocco | Jan 7, 2009 4:21:21 PM


  18. Rocco, a church might be its people, but each and every time a gay man contributes to that church, he funds the hierarchy. Be Catholic all you want, but if you are giving money to the church, you are hurting yourself and your community.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jan 7, 2009 5:17:48 PM


  19. Not true, Kyle. I have tracked every dollar. Your research?

    Posted by: Rocco | Jan 7, 2009 5:20:00 PM


  20. The right wing is almost justified in saying that gays hate Catholics, based on the comments here.

    The comparisons of the Church to hate groups is appalling.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 7, 2009 5:41:55 PM


  21. I doubt it, Rocco, unless you're the vaticans chief accountant. Perhaps you're your parishes accountant, then, huh?

    However, you support the hierarchy and extremism by invoking the same faith as they use to condemn you. I don't know of too many black klan members aside from that skit on the chapelle show...this isn't that different.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 7, 2009 5:42:08 PM


  22. It's apalling? WHat's appalling is william donohue's rampant antisemitism and homophobia. WHat's apalling is the vatican's declaration that homosexuality is a disorder and that homosexuals are intrinsically disordered (as usual, that's catholic dogma stripping nature from "natural law"). What's appalling is that Ratz has said that this "intrinsic disorder" needs to be extended to civil law, and that gay should basically be punished...

    Eric, you're delusional if you'd suggest that this isn't a hate group.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 7, 2009 5:52:20 PM


  23. You can doubt what you like, Tank. I have tracked it since I came out, as I did not want my money to support the Vatican. It is not difficult to do, but you don't seem too interested in honest discussion or facts. I would also say your hostility to a diversity of thought does far more damage to GLBT folks than any contribtions I may make to my parish. Your hyperbole does not intimidate me any more than their lies about my life or my family. I will not be chased out of my church or my community.

    Posted by: Rocco | Jan 7, 2009 5:59:19 PM


  24. It makes me angry that we cannot be unanimous in condemning vandalism. Destroying other people's property is not a helpful way to make a political point.

    But, Eric, the Church is a hate group. It's many other things, too, but it is a group dedicated to terrorizing and marginalizing sexual minorities.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Jan 7, 2009 6:10:03 PM


  25. Seriously? You want to play up the hostility to the "diversity of thought angle"? You realize that's one of the three central planks in the intelligent design advocate's strategy, right? "It's about providing all angles...fairness...blah blah blah blah". It's just as unjustified and vacuous a rhetorical device there as it is here. I've noticed that the xtians always run to the lion cages when times get tough.

    I'm calling a group that is ostensibly defined in its allegiance to a hierarchy a hate group because it publically decries homosexuality with hate speech, dehumanizing homosexuals and encouraging hate based violent activity carried out against them. I'm calling a group a hate group that funds and supports legislative initiatives that strip a minority of its civil rights.

    But, Rocco, I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt that you believe that your donations don't go toward catholic charities--which shut down its adoption division in MA after it couldn't discriminate against same sex parents who wanted to adopt... You realize that (and this is for dramatic effect) that the third reich had many public works programs it funded, too, yes? You realize that the KKK had a public relations division and sponsored many community events in its heyday, ya?

    In any event, people like you give the fundamentalists within your faith a pass simply in virtue of defending your faith and having the same faith as they do, plus or minus disputes that are relegated to internal conflicts. This isn't the necessary external criticism of the faith that they believe gives them warrant to use hate speech and carry out bigotry. But keep out to the hopeless, rocco. After all, it seems like you enjoy playing the martyr.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 7, 2009 6:34:44 PM


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