Pope’s anti-gay comments denounced

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From British daily The Independent:

Gay Christians denounce Pope’s comments

By Martha Linden, PA

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Lesbian and gay Christians today denounced Pope Benedict‘s claim that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

The Pontiff said humanity needed to listen to the “language of creation” to understand the intended roles of man and woman and that behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations was a “destruction of God’s work”.

He called on the Church to protect man from the “destruction of himself” saying that tropical rainforests deserved protection but man as a creature “does not deserve any less”.

But the Rev Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, described his remarks as “totally irresponsible and unacceptable in any shape or form.”

She said: “It is more the case that we need to be saved from his comments. It is comments like that that justify homophobic bullying that goes on in schools and it is comments like that that justify gay bashing.

“There are still so many instances of people being killed around the world, including in western society, purely and simply because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

“When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way because they feel that they are doing God’s work in ridding the world of these people.”

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9 thoughts on “Pope’s anti-gay comments denounced

  1. The Pope Ratzinger has again demonstrated today that he is STILL a Nazi, and the head of the ongoing Catholic Inquisition – now against gay people, as well as against truth.

    Christ NEVER said one word against gay folks. The Ten Commandments don’t say one word against gay folks. If one is a true Christian, he or she would honor and emulate Christ himself. There is absolutely no reason to think that people who are born gay are any more heinous than those born with blue eyes or left-handed. And if one sifts through every last obscure passage in the Bible, far more verbage is spent condemning the consumption of shellfish and the simultaneous wearing of cotton and wool than any questionably translated references to gay individuals.

    Ratzinger has proven that the Catholic church’s tradition that insists that popes are magically infallible is total nonsense. Ratzinger forced his way into his current power position like a member of the Mafia, twisting arms all the way. He is a totalitarian bigot, and not even a real Christian. What a sick joke that he was allowed to strong-arm the Cardinals into allowing him into the head power position. He is nothing more than another self-serving Bush-like bully.


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