Chris Kluwe Tackles Archbishop Who Told Woman To Reject Gay Son Or Burn

Like us Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe was nauseated by Archbishop John Nienstedt, who advised a parishioner that she had better reject her gay son or her immortal soul was at risk.

Well, the erudite athlete took to the Web, crafting an open letter to the Archbishop—and Pope Benedict—that had us swelling with both anger and pride:

Dear Archbishop Nienstedt and Pope Benedict XVI:

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

I read your views on gay marriage in the Star Tribune, Archbishop Nienstedt, and it fills me with great sadness and regret that a steward of the Catholic Church on this Earth feels the need to take a stance of oppression, intolerance, and fear.

Surely, is this not what Jesus spoke of when he said, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruit,”

How can we reconcile our version of the Catholic Church as salvation to the sick, the needy, the poor, when we must also bear witness to the Catholic Church as oppressor, tormentor, and executioner? Where, in all of Jesus’ teachings, did he ever say to deny the humanity of other human beings; where did the Son of God proclaim that mortal Man knew God’s will; where, pray tell, did Jesus ever say to harden your heart against those who may not be exactly the same as you?

I say to you: nowhere.

Nowhere does Jesus preach hate or intolerance or loathing. Nowhere does Jesus say, “You shall deny the humanity of gay people because it makes you feel uncomfortable.” Nowhere does Jesus say, “And the mortal men of the Church shall be the sole conduits of the Word of God, for they are perfect and infallible.”

Nowhere, in all of the recorded teachings of Jesus, does it say anything about discrimination or prejudice.

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Millions of children grow up raised in the Catholic faith. Some of these children will be gay, through no choice of their own, but because of how God created them. What does it say to those children when the head of their religion in this state, a man who claims to “explain and defend the teaching of the Church because I have been ordained to do so and I believe those teachings with all my heart,” a man acting under the direct auspices of the Pope himself, tells them that they can’t be as worthy as everyone else, even though they believe in the teachings of Jesus?

What will these children think, as they suffer the barbed insults of their classmates and teachers; I ask you, sir, what will these children think as they are belittled and tormented due to teachings you espouse? What judgment will be passed on your soul when yet another poor child reaches for the knife or the noose to end his or her earthly torment due to your example?

Do you presume to speak for God, Archbishop Nienstedt? Will you tell these children, faithful children who attend Sunday school and earnestly pray every day, that they are somehow lessened in God’s eyes? Will you grasp that millstone, Archbishop Nienstedt, grasp it all the way to the bottom, clutching at the heavy weight of earthly power and influence even as it drags you down?

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”

“Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar?s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Tell me, Archbishop, Pope, what purpose does the Church serve attempting to influence the affairs of a secular state? The federal benefits under law currently denied gay couples certainly fall under the realm of Caesar, don’t they? No one is forcing the Catholic Church to marry gay couples if that is not the Church’s wish. You can keep the sanctity of Catholic marriage solely between heterosexual couples if you feel that is what’s required (again though, I caution you on the dangers of presumed infallibility).

All we are asking is for you to extend the open hand of tolerance instead of the closed fist of fear and hate. As American citizens, we respect the right for everyone to practice whichever religion they so choose, including the right to not practice one at all. Haven’t we learned enough from the Crusades, the Inquisitions, the Talibans of the world? What does it benefit the Church to attempt to influence secular policy in this country, especially when that influence is to deny basic human rights to others? Will you now assume Caesar’s throne, grasping the transitory ephemera of worldly power and control, while forsaking the eternal kingdom of Heaven?

All I ask from you, Archbishop Nienstedt, and from you, Pope Benedict XVI, is to practice that most basic teaching found in the Bible—empathy. If you strike me, I shall turn the other cheek. If you ask me to walk with you for a mile, I will do so. If you ask me to respect your faith, your beliefs, then all I ask is that you do the same for everyone else. For is that not the most pertinent of Jesus’ teachings, and one that everyone, no matter their religion, can strive to achieve?

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Chris, seriously—you gotta stop! If we crush on you any harder we’re not gonna be able to get any work done.

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  • Avenger

    Blah-blah-blah. Self-righteous, bleeding heart, tree hugging douche on a pretend soap box in pursuit of Internet fame. I’m assuming that he’s not a Catholic, himself, and if he isn’t, then he needs to butt out just as much as he’s attempting to tell the church to.

  • 2eo

    Well done Kluwe, maybe if the catholics weren’t so obsessed with raping children, and then protecting the people who do it their moral stance on anything might be valid.

    People still writing religious sects with capital letters makes me sad.

  • Randal Oulton

    Disagree Avenger. The Catholic church butting into secular affairs has clearly made them fair game. And sorry you’re having such a bad day.

  • DirtyOleMan

    @Avenger: Blah blah blah urself, buster! Kluwe is right on regardless of his religous persuasion.

  • Patrick

    @Avenger: Self righteous bleeding heart? Seriously?
    Having been raised in the Catholic church and being bisexual, he could not have more plainly written about the very things that tormented me for over 20 years….to the point of contemplating suicide. You’re assuming that he’s not Catholic, I’m assuming that your not LBGT so why is your opinion more worthy than his?
    Your response however was exactly whatI would expect from a typical catholic. Must be nice to be holier than everyone else.

  • 2eo

    @Patrick: I bet he loves all the kiddie fiddling.

  • The Village Elder

    Hey avenger, listen man you don’t make any sense at all. It sure as hell doesn’t matter whether Kluwe is gay, straight, Catholic or whatever, he certainly has a right to speak out against a hate infected priest who is using his position to cause harm. Because Kluwe has a position where his fame allows him to be heard he should be respected for using it in an attempt to help people.

  • ItsJustMe

    I completely agree with Kluwe and I think using his fame to do everything in his power to defend people so they aren’t being persecuted any longer is amazing. However, everyone has their own opinion and throwing hate at hate only creates more hate. Maybe I’m wrong and I will accept it if I am but why can’t we all just “love thy neighbor as thyself” last time I checked it didn’t say love thy neighbor as thyself except for (fill in the blank).

  • marc sfe

    @Avenger: Whoa dude – who pissed in your Wheaties??? Seriously – this is a free country and Mr Kluwe is well within his rights to voice his opinion and good that he has and does as it seems the rest of the catholics who support equal rights are too damn pussy whipped to stand up to the archbishop and ratz – damn – seriously, what have you done lately to stand up for equal rights/?????

  • SteveMD2


    Amost certainly a closet case described by REACTION FORMATION


  • USC Trojans Fan

    @Avenger: Everything you type is anti gay, I’ve just noticed. LOL I LOVEEE when your type camps out, on an hourly basis, on our site. There’s nothing that gives me more satisfaction than knowing a homophobe spends their entire day consumed with gay blogs, gay news, gay stories, gay people, gay posters, and gay topics. God, we’re an interesting/fabulous bunch. Even you heteros can’t avoid us. Anyhow, here’s to hoping all these pro gay stories continue causing stress in your life and making your day miserable. Welcome, indeed!

  • Billysees

    @Randal Oulton: Re 3 “Disagree

    Excellent comment.

    Most excellent.

  • Billysees

    @DirtyOleMan: Re 4 “Blah…..

    Re 5 “Self…

    Re 7 “Hey….

    All wonderful, truthful and simply great responses.

  • Patrick

    @Avenger: You know, if certain bitchy members among us continue to insult, belittle, and denigrate our allies, especially those who speak intelligently on our behalf in the language of our oppressors, we’re going to alienate the allies we so desperately need.

    Or, in plain English: SHUT THE EFF UP

  • Billysees

    @Patrick: Re 15 “You know….

    Meaningfully said Patrick.

    We all should seriously consider what you’ve said here.

    Some stuff from the Book — But if you criticize and attack each other, be careful that you don’t destroy each other……Galatians 5:15

  • Matt

    Notice how “Avenger” makes no attempt to refute anything Mr. Kluwe writes: he can only make personal attacks and implore him to “butt out”. Sorry dude, the Church is no longer “off-limits” to scrutiny or to criticism. Chris Kluwe has no problem voicing or writing his opinion, or with confronting public figures in this manner. Since people are listening (and celebrating), he will only continue.

  • JOHN 1957

    Thank you Mr. Chris Kluwe for speaking the truth and shaming the so called devil. I know I have had more than enough of the churches pious condemnations towards humanity. Point given; No real man of god would tell a mother (woman) to abandon her child because he’s different since your so called God created him too. Point missed; we are all his begotten children, who died and left you in charge of the world? Sorry! I never got the memo.

  • Billysees

    @JOHN 1957: Re 17, “Thank you….

    John said well, “I know I have had more than enough of the churches pious condemnations towards humanity.”

    Am usually in sympathy with churches and feel that it is some of the pastors and priests who are the real misguided ones.

    But am slowly coming around to the knowledge that churches are somehow encouraging their preachers and priests to speak unworthy things about people.

    And that also goes for some of the writers of the religious texts that drive the various religions.

    Some of their comments leave something better to be desired also.

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