GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, I HOPE that what has been circulated on FACEBOOK has been an exaggeration and that your remarks have been misquoted, misconstrued or taken out of context, and I am WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. What has been circulated is that you consider CONSERVATIVES who are PRO-LIFE and who believe that MARRIAGE IS TO REMAIN DEFINED AS THE UNION OF ONE MAN WITH ONE WOMAN as "EXTREMISTS" who are NOT WELCOME IN NY.
GOVERNOR CUOMO, with all due respect, I am a 60 year old Catholic woman, and I have lived in NY all my life. I consider myself a "PRO LIFE REPUBLICAN, COMPASSIONATE AND SLIGHTLY RIGHT OF CENTER" and I intend to remain that way and to remain living in NY.
A person who believes that EVERY HUMAN BEING FROM THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION THROUGH NATURAL DEATH--NO EXCEPTIONS--is a person whose life and dignity must be protected and respected is NOT an EXTREMIST. The ONLY EXTREMIST would be the LUNATIC FRINGE WHICH DOES NOT REPRESENT PRO-LIFERS--the rare lunatic persons who have killed abortion doctors or bombed abortion clinics. These LUNATICS are EXTREMISTS not to be welcome. But PRO-LIFERS must be, since we have as much respect for your life as for the lives of the vulnerable unborn, the vulnerable baby in the neo-natal unit, the person with a disability, the person who is elderly, and the person with a chronic, serious or even terminal illness and for all human beings without regard to gender, race, ethnicity of sexual orientation. In fact, what I have just expressed reflects the teaching of the Catholic Church. If you claim to be Catholic, I would suggest that you reconsider the words attributed to you and correct them and, if necessary, your attitude and opinions as well.
A person who believes that GOD ORDAINED MARRIAGE AS THE UNION OF ONE MAN WITH ONE WOMAN and that THIS DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED AND RESPECTED is NOT AN EXTREMIST. The ONLY EXTREMIST would be the LUNATIC FRINGE WHICH DOES NOT REPRESENT US--the lunatic fringe that does physical harm to or bullies or disrespects the personhood and human dignity of a person who is homosexual and those who falsely misrepresent God and Christianity, like the Westboro Baptist Group by falsely claiming that "God hates gays", which is a blasphemous lie. God hates the sin of homosexual behavior but God loves the person who is trapped in the sin of homosexual behavior and struggling with same sex attraction. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches respect for the person who is homosexual and compassion for him/her while ensuring that the sin is defined as sin and as disorder and is not enabled. If you claim to be Catholic, I would suggest you reconsider the words attributed to you, read the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and correct those words, your attitude and opinions as well.
GOD LOVES THE UNBORN BABY. GOD LOVES THE WOMAN IN A CRISIS PREGNANCY WHO IS ON THE BRINK OF MAKING THE WORST DECISION OF HER LIFE AND WANTS TO ENSURE THAT SHE IS MADE AWARE OF RESOURCES AND SHELTERS AND LOVING PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP HER TO CHOOSE LIFE, LIKE GOOD COUNSEL HOMES, THE SISTERS OF LIFE, MARY'S MANTLE, BRIDGE TO LIFE, AND FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, AS WELL AS MANY CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS. GOD LOVES THE WOMAN WHO HAS MADE THE TRAGIC CHOICE TO HAVE AN ABORTION AND WHO IS NOW SUFFERING IN WAYS FOR WHICH SHE WAS NEVER PREPARED, AND HE LONGS TO SHOW HER MERCY, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS, HEALING AND RESTORATION. GOD LOVES THE PERSONS STRUGGLING WITH SAME SEX ATTRACTION AND THOSE TRAPPED IN THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND HE LONGS TO SET THEM FREE AND HELP THEM LIVE CHASTE LIVES. GOD EVEN LOVES THE PEOPLE IN THE ABORTION INDUSTRY, MANY OF WHOM WERE DECEIVED INTO BELIEVING THEY WERE HELPING WOMEN, SO MUCH SO THAT HE IS CHANGING THEIR HEARTS AND HAS CALLED ABBY JOHNSON, WHO WAS FORMERLY IN THE ABORTION INDUSTRY BUT IS NOW PRO-LIFE, TO FORM A SPECIAL MINISTRY CALLED "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" TO HELP PEOPLE LEAVE THE ABORTION INDUSTRY AND START A NEW LIFE.
WHAT I HAVE STATED IS THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SHARED BY MANY NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL AS WELL--MANY OF WHOM ARE YOUR CONSTITUENTS. MOST OF US HAVE BEEN LIVING IN NY A LOT LONGER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN GOVERNOR AND WHO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE AT THE NEXT ELECTION. I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST THAT YOU EITHER CLARIFY YOUR STATEMENTS, IF YOU HAVE BEEN MISQUOTED, OR CHANGE YOUR MIND AND ATTITUDES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO PRO-LIFE AND PRO-TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE CONVICTIONS--ESPECIALLY IF YOU STILL CHOOSE TO CONSIDER YOURSELF CATHOLIC.