K. Elaine Taylor, I’ve often found that people who try to defend bigoted belief systems value being “nice” or “polite” over being good. I remember a Mormon apologist on Medium who trumpeted loudly that my choice of language didn’t meet his ideas of “civilized” behavior — as if that somehow bolstered his position.

In the meantime, a Mormon teenager whose family had kicked her out emailed me to tell me that she was sick and tired of people acting “nice” when what she really needed for them to be was good.

What’s most disconcerting about this is that I’ve been contacted by scores of Catholics, many of them LGBTQ, who tell me that this Fr. Martin is not a homophobe — that he’s actually an LGBTQ ally. He’s actually described as such in some mainstream media outlets like The Guardian.

That’s absurd. He defends the doctrines of the Church that label us as sinners because we have sex with our romantic partners. He defends calling us disordered.

It’s astonishing to me that any self-respecting LGBTQ person would accept that horseshit. Of course, I’ll probably be called to task for calling the doctrines of the Church horseshit, but that’s the right word. And James Martin is full of it. He’s not an ally. He’s a bigot.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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