*A city’s official condemnation of Roman Catholic Church teachings as “discriminatory,” “insulting,” “callous” and “defamatory” is being taken to the U.S. Supreme Court because of the Constitution’s requirement that government not be “hostile” to faith.
The case stems from a 2006 non-binding resolution from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that called the Catholic Church’s teachings “an insult to all San Franciscans” and accused the Vatican of being a “foreign country” that “meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great city’s existing and established customs and traditions.”
The case is being fought by the Thomas More Law Center, which is arguing that the Supreme Court should take this opportunity “to secure and maintain uniformity of decisions on an important issue of federal law.”
“The crux of the problem is that this court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence … tends to be hostile toward religion,” the petition to the court said.
WND reported earlier when the case was submitted to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued a fractured ruling that offered no resolution.
Three judges found for the petitioners, three found for the defendants and five decided there was no standing in the case.
The formal statement from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors attacked the church’s belief because it prohibits the adoption of children by homosexuals.
The resolution, adopted March 21, 2006, calls the Vatican a “foreign country” that is meddling in the city’s affairs. Further it states that the church’s moral teachings are “insulting to all San Franciscans,” “hateful,” “insulting and callous,” “defamatory,” “absolutely unacceptable,” “insensitive” and “ignorant.”
The resolution further references the Inquisition and calls on the archbishop of San Francisco and other Catholic officials to defy church teachings and beliefs.
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