Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

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Heresy: The business of S.F. government?
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit brought by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, essentially settling the question of whether the supervisors were out of line when they passed a resolution denouncing the Catholic church's stance on gay couples adopting.

The lawsuit concerned a 2006 resolution in which the supervisors upbraided then-Archbishop William Levada for his "hateful and discriminatory" order that local Catholic charitable groups not place children for adoption with same-sex couples.

"It is an insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great City's existing and established customs such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need," the resolution stated.

Judicial responses have been mixed. While the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has twice rejected the suit, the question of whether the Board of Supervisors had violated the "Establishment Clause" of the U.S. Constitution separating church and state was left open. At least one judge, Andrew Kleinfeld, wrote that the board had overstepped its bounds by condemning religious beliefs, writing, "Government cannot constitutionally prescribe a religious orthdoxy and condemn heresy on homosexuality, or anything else."

The Supreme Court doesn't comment on cases it declines to hear, so we don't know what the justices' reasoning was. But with their order, the lawsuit is at an end, and the supervisors are apparently free to condemn heresy as they see fit.

Correction: The original version of this post misstated the date of the Board of Supervisors resolution and William Levada's position at the time he issued his directive. The post has been edited to include the correct date and title.

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Manlyman
Manlyman

Why don't you brave people, with your ignorant opinions, attack Islam for their perverted lifestyle. Ie. executing gays, selling children, raping women, killing anyone in disagreement, keeping their entire nations under oppression; taking away all human rights, bombing and random killing, etc.But, you wouldn't dare slander islam because, you are cowards and affraid of the consequences !All of you feel safe with the Catholics because you know the immense amount of good they spread around the world with their charities and non-violence. Stereo-typing the entire religion makes you look stupid. Why not streo-type us all: the jews have all the money, or, all gay people are pediphiles and have AIDS, and all immigrants are free-loaders and commit all the crime, maybe you can say that all black people smoke crack and rape women during their house invasions, etc.?The fact is that the Catholics have done more good for the world than any other society to date. They are not perfect, just 99%. By the way, I am Lutheran. So, save what little dignity you have left and do some research !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olterigo
Olterigo

I'm sure SF Board of Supervisors will do that when any of these Muslim states decides to tell a SF organization to start these practices within SF jurisdiction. Until then - bye bye.

MasterG
MasterG

I agree with you 100%, all these "Brave" people should stand up against islam, with their inhumane treatment of others. But they won't, because when itcomes down to it, they are affraid; a little barking chihuahua !

Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O'Malley

What is this "freedom of speech" that allows people to say things that the Catholic church doesn't like? The next thing you know, people will be saying it's not OK for priests to rape children, and society will spin out of control.

MasterG
MasterG

You're a familiar type O'malley, it is your kind that generally throws attention in another direction while you go molesting little children. Got ya !

njudah
njudah

Levada was an Archbishop at the time. He later was elevated to cardinal status since then.

Gjc3
Gjc3

The resolution was issued in 2006, not 2003.

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