This music video is called Johnny Gill, Give love on Christmas Day.
Everywhere in the world, millions of Christians, and also millions of non-Christians, see Christmas as a festival of love.
Not so Pope Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
“Gays threaten human nature”
Friday, December 21, 2012, 20:44
In his Christmas speech the Pope said that homosexuals destroy “the essence of humankind”. Families, according to him are “threatened to the core” by opening marriage to LGBTQ couples. Previously he called gay marriages a threat to world peace.
By Scott Roberts:
21 December 2012
Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.
The Catholic leader made his latest homophobic attack on Friday in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican – one of his most important speeches of the year and one in which he dedicated to opposing equal marriage. …
Last Friday, in a message for World Day of Peace 2013, the Pope described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
In January, the Pope warned that introducing equal marriage would risk the future of humanity itself.
So, Pope Ratzinger does not link Christmas to love. Rather, he links it to hatred of people who love each other enough to want to marry.
Accusing gay people of threatening world peace is a grave accusation indeed. People threatening world peace might start World War III, with the most horrible (nuclear) bloodshed ever.
If the pope wants to stop people threatening world peace, then he should not look at LGBTQ people. He should look at NATO generals advocating nuclear war. He should look at arms industry fat cats profiting from wars.
Then, the pope, like Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, should look at politicians like Tony Blair. George W Bush and Tony Blair started the Iraq war, basing themselves on lies. Tony Blair continued with advocating war in Iran.
While criticizing the Vatican and popes, I should also give them credit where credit is due. The present pope’s predecessor condemned the Iraq war; so did Pope Ratzinger, though less strongly so than John Paul II.
However, Pope Ratzinger granted Tony Blair a private audience. Many pious and peace-loving Roman Catholics lay people can only dream about ever getting a private audience with the pope. While Archbishop Tutu does not want to be on the same stage with war criminal Blair.
So, Pope Ratzinger does not treat Blair like he treats gay people. He did not treat anti-Semitic Holocaust denier Richard Williamson like he treats gay people. Quite the contrary. Williamson had been expelled from the Roman Catholic church. By re-admitting Williamson, the pope not only recognized Williamson as a Roman Catholic; but also as a Roman Catholic bishop in good standing.
What is the source of Pope Ratzinger’s homophobia? Not Jesus Christ’s tradition. Rather the near-universal homophobia of the mid-twentieth century, when Ratzinger was young. Homophobia which killed British anti-nazi code breaker and computer inventor Alan Turing. Homophobia climaxing in nazi Germany which murdered many people in concentration camps for being gay. As a member of the Hitler Youth, young Ratzinger may very well have been indoctrinated in homophobia.
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