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Another Rat-Zinger From The Pope

Pope Benedict. Cardinal Ratzinger. Il Papa. God’s representative on Earth. Call him what you like, one thing remains clear: He’s an idiot. That much is indisputable. The only real question is what kind of an idiot is he? Is he an insane, people-hating idiot (see Mother Theresa)? Or is he perhaps a power-mad moron (I hear he’s amending the Ten Commandments to add an eleventh one – “Thou shalt stand on one leg when Ratzy says so”)? Or is he just a common-or-garden out-of-touch, ancienct, backward-thinking lunatic? The debate rages on. Here’s some fuel for the fire:

Pop Benedict attacks government over Equality Bill

The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”. – Source: BBC Online

Yep, the Holy One believes that a bill aimed at protecting people from discrimination based on sexuality and gender is an evil law that must be fought with the kind of zeal missionaries have. I’m not 100% sure what missionary zeal is – I think it’s where the zealot is on top and the infidel is underneath, thus allowing the zealot to look the infidel in the eyes while he fucks them (metaphorically speaking). I do think it worth pointing out that had a leading figure in the Muslim faith uttered the phrase ‘fight with missionary zeal’ we’d be talking terrorism – but because the only people the Pope is condemning to death are countless Africans (more of that later) we see him as something of a weird but harmless old man. Go figure.

What’s more, the Pope has said the legislation “violates natural law” – a pretty clear reference to the fact that it would allow homosexuals more freedom from discrimination from, say, religious organisations. The very use of the phrase ‘violates natural law’ is immensely telling, if you ask me – it’s so homophobic I’m surprised Jan Moir hasn’t had it tattooed across her forehead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Great Timing From Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has been in pretty hot water this week after criticising the appointment of a lesbian bishop in the United States – a move he claimed raised “very serious questions”.

As the Times reported, Dr Rowan Williams stated the choice of Canon Mary Glasspool to be a suffragan bishop in Los Angeles had “important implications”. Glasspool’s appointment is the second instance of an openly homosexual clergy member appointed to the position of bishop in the US Episcopal Church, after a vote at last summer’s General Convention of the Episcopal Church had in effect ended the moratorium on gay bishops.

Speaking of the election, Williams said:

“The election of Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop-elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion but for the Communion as a whole. The bishops of the Communion have collectively acknowledged that a period of gracious restraint in respect of actions which are contrary to the mind of the Communion is necessary if our bonds of mutual affection are to hold.” – Source: The Times Online

The timing of Williams’ homophobic comments could not be more ill thought out, coming just as the world stands appalled at the abhorrent bills being pushed through Ugandan courts, along with the other countless instances of intolerance and homophobia committed in the name of religion. It’s alarming then that Williams has chosen to take the stance he has – especially for someone with a reputation for relative liberalism within the religious world. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill – Religious Intolerance At It’s Most Violent

Religious intolerance of homosexuality is nothing new, but rarely has it been as prominent and as abhorrent as the current situation in Uganda, where a new bill put forward to the Ugandan Parliament proposes sickeningly extreme measures in dealing with homosexuals in the country.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, an expansion of a previous bill from April of this year, proposes the death penalty for what it describes as ‘aggravated homosexuality’ – one definition of which involves consensual sex between two partners, where one is HIV positive. On top of that, consensual homosexual relationships where HIV is not involved is punishable by lifetime imprisonment, and anyone who is aware of a gay or lesbian couple and fails to inform the authorities of their existence within 24 hours is subject to a fine and up to three years imprisonment. Not content with those horrendous violations of human rights, the bill then imposes further restrictions on free speech – banning the homosexual community from blogging and communicating under the accusation of their ‘promotion of homosexuality’.

Ugandan citizens looking to leave the country in order to escape the reaches of this hateful act aren’t beyond action, with provisions in the bill to extend punishments and death penalties to Uganda citizens abroad, to be served upon their return to the country. What’s more, the bill sets out extradition rights, to bring such ‘offenders’ to ‘justice’ back in their home countries. In other extraordinarily draconian measures set out by the bill, new charges of ‘aiding and abetting homosexuality’ and ‘conspiracy to engage in homosexuality’ carry prison sentences of seven years, while charges for operating a brothel are defined in terms so loose as to include any hotel owner – again with an associated prison sentence of seven years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Homosexual Clergy Force God To Blow Lutherans

Last week, the Central Lutheran Church in downtown Mineappolis was beset by a rare and unexpected tornado – upturning Lutheran food stands and damaging the church steeple. The winds, which brought with them something of a strong rain which flooded nearby highways, managed to detach the cross from on top of the steeple, causing it to hang down in what ended up being a cracking photo op. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the only real damage was to the building and the “Potluck Favorites” Supper, which had to be rescheduled due to damage to the food stall.

Rev. Rick Nelson, Central’s senior pastor, says of the freak tornado:

“We give thanks to God that no one was injured by today’s tornado” – Source: www.centralmpls.org

So far, so normal. But not everyone was as willing to take it as a random act of weather as we reasonably sorts might. In fact, soon after the reports went out, the hardline Christian blogs were alight with tales of fearful vengeance from the magic sky man. Especially given the unfortunate fact that, at the same time as the tornado landed, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America debate was taking place over the road, in order to decide whether to allow practicing homosexuals to be ordained clergy. So, of course, the more hardline and nuttier elements of the church – and the wider Christian community in America – have taken this freak weather event as some kind of warning from God, a kind of ‘Repent lest ye be blown!’ Read the rest of this entry »

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