Lydia McGrew has a provocative post up at What’s Wrong with the World about the looming confrontation in Australia between Catholic hospitals and the government of Victoria, due to a new law requiring pro-life hospitals to provide abortion referrals. “No, we won’t kill your baby, but let me help you find someone who will!”
She says it’s time for civil disobedience in Victoria, Australia, and she’s absolutely right.
I say it’s past time for civil disobedience here in the United States.
Local school boards, for example, should have openly defied certain state-mandated curricula years ago.
During the judicial murder of Terry Schaivo, the entire hospice staff, police, and other authorities should have disobeyed the court.
Catholic Charities in California should have disobeyed the state and refused to provide contraceptive insurance coverage for their employees.
Catholic Charities in Massachusetts should have disobeyed the state and continued to operate without providing adoptive services to homosexual “couples”.
Starfish Creative Invitations should have disobeyed the city of Seattle and refused to comply with the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
Every county clerk in California should have refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the wake of the California Supreme Court misruling last May.
Etc., etc., etc..
I know, I know, the threat of imprisonment and financial ruin and all of that.
I had a conversation with a friend of mine the other day. He’s a school administrator in a little town up here and a traditional Catholic. The various state mandates which require that acceptance of homosexuality be force-fed to school children haven’t yet been implemented in some of these districts in rural northern CA. My friend is adamant that he won’t allow such things in his school, and if it finally comes down to it, and the state sends in the National Guard or the local sheriff, he’s ready to face the consequences.