In my personal experience, which is not inconsiderable, with Catholics they don't tend to lean toward probity.
Integrity is something everyone thinks they have, why I don't know. It
is not an innate characteristic. It's something one develops through a cogent and heartfelt analysis of one's actions or potential actions regarding their morality based on the facts of a situation, the effects those actions have on those around them and the perception they develop of you as a result.
It's about relating to oneself, about looking in the mirror and liking what you see.
It's not something, in my mind to be taken lightly. It's a signal of character, of maturity, and the willingness to stand up for what one believes is right no matter the consequences.
Whether one perceives integrity as as deliberate decision about how to live life, or if you perceive that one who possess integrity must live according to a moral certitude that precludes any form or tolerance of immorality as one perceives it, the people at the American Society for the Defense of Tradition do not fit the bill.
I'd pose the question " How can these people look in the mirror every morning?" yet I know from personal experience that this is not a quandary that troubles them. Catholics who will cheat to win, or at least look like they're winning don't really possess a moral compass, nor any grasp of what in means to be integritous.
In other words they're Catholic.
Cheating is nothing new in the church, and along with their ability to mourn their existence they manage to rationalize all of their indiscretions by not allowing that they're "only human" but that they're prone to sin, and therefore are in some irrational sense allowed to commit the heinous acts they're infamous for.
Does it sound like I have a true and profound hatred for the Catholic Church and it's inexhaustible tendency toward hypocrisy?
So along with this little diatribe I bring you an article to support it from Towleroad, which in fact inspired it, as an example of the Machiavellian behavior from the church that has had so much influence on cultural development for hundreds of years. I doubt I'll rest easy until they're eradicated, or at the very least rendered ineffectual in influencing matters of morality and culture.
If these are the good guys, how much trouble are we in?
So, remember the fashionable closet Catholics from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property on NOM's penultimate stop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania I posted about yesterday?
The group had a poll up on its website asking people what they thought about Judge Walker's decision to overturn Prop 8.
Overwhelmingly, people supported Judge Walker's decision, which, as you can probably guess, wasn't what they were expecting.
So, what did they do? Homogenius at DailyKos notes, they just changed the text on the questions around.
See, it's so easy to make it look like the whole world agrees with you. They don't.
And so it goes: