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May 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Push to undo gay benefits

Catholics: Speak out against injustice

Most of my friends know that I love my former parish, St. Patrick’s of Seattle. When I decided to leave the Catholic Church, it was with great regret, but I could not accept the actions of the greater Church.

I still try to practice the teachings of Jesus Christ. He says one of his two most important commandments is, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” I feel that is also an important creed of human rights. I cannot read The Seattle Times’ article [“Religious right split on push to undo gay benefits,” page one, May 5] and explain an acceptable relationship of the referendum to the teachings of Jesus and to human rights.

Some may say that having left the Church, I have no right to speak up against Church actions. My religious belief does not relieve me of the duty to speak out when I see injustice. I believe that Jesus requires that we not only do not sign this bigoted referendum, we must also urge our friends to not sign.

By sending this e-mail, I am putting my action where my mouth is. I urge all Catholic people, from the archbishop to those of us who have fallen away from the Church, to do the same.

— Jack Smith, Seattle

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