Archbishop Timothy Dolan and the Zombie Apocalypse
The GOP’s offices in Albany must have looked like an outpost of the Vatican this week.
First Archbishop Timothy Dolan sent GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos a widely reported warning salvo - calling in to an Albany radio show to claim the marriage equality bill currently under consideration by the Senate could infringe on religious freedom.
Then, to underline his growing alarm, Dolan sent Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn to visit Skelos’ in his office on Friday morning.
Dolan, who spent the week expressing himself like a terrified protagonist in a cold-war espionage film, added:
‘Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to ‘redefine’ rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of ‘family’ and ‘marriage’ means.’
Wait, who does that remind you of, Archbishop?
In fact, as Dolan knows, the Marriage Equality bill exempts all religious institutions from solemnizing same-sex weddings and offering their private facilities for celebrations. So no gay couples will be storming into churches, temples and mosques to force spiritual leaders to marry them.