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Washington State Catholic Diocese Orders Special Service Collections To Fight Same Sex Marriage

The Reverend Joseph J. Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima has ordered that catholic churches within his district make a special collection to be donated to Preserve Marriage Washington to fight against same-sex marriage in Washington state.

Labor Day Weekend marks the beginning of Preserve Marriage Month, the official start to our educational program to inform parishioners about Catholic teaching on marriage and Referendum 74 (R‐74), which would redefine marriage. R‐74 will appear on the ballot in November. “With the other bishops of our state I will issue a statement reinforcing that marriage between one man and one woman is central to Catholic teaching.” I am asking you to announce a special parishioner financial appeal at each Mass on the weekend of August 25/26 or September 1/2 – whichever one you choose – to promote the September 8/9 in‐pew collection for the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign. This important appeal will benefit the campaign to reject R‐74.

This “fund drive” by the Diocese of Yakima clearly violates the directives/laws that prohibit churches from engaging in political activities.  The law allows a 501(c)(3) to engage in “insubstantial” lobbying regarding a particular cause, but  I would say that this pass-the-collection-plate action clearly violates the law and this Diocese should be investigated immediately and lose their 501(c)(3)

I say tax the souless bastards.

*Hat Tip to the hairy, hunky and hung Joe Jervis at Joe My God


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