She was joined by about 150 other devotees at her central London church, a multitude of nationalities coming together to celebrate a cherished festival. So it was a shame that the magic of the moment was blown apart by a blast of bigotry from the pulpit. Her priest, like many others in Britain, used his sermon on this sacred day to rant about the looming prospect of gay and lesbian people being allowed the same right as anyone else to marry. Instead of encouraging this ultimate act of love, he fulminated about its deep offensiveness. Photo
The diatribe perplexed most people in the pews. For Ruth, it felt more personal. She is Catholic and gay, a reminder that both are the broadest of churches. She is also director of public affairs at the pressure group Stonewall, so deeply embroiled in the struggle for equal rights. “For me, God is love,” she says. “So why do I have to justify my very right to exist?” She was not alone in having to endure priests using their sermons to spout prejudice. For this was the year an insecure Church, confronted by an increasingly secular country, celebrated Christmas by lashing out in ways that only served to demonstrate its own demons and display its impotence.
One befuddled bishop conjured up the spirit of Hitler by comparing the Coalition’s intention to legalise gay marriage to the ideology of fascism. In so doing, he exposed the most basic rule of debate: when you resort to bringing in the Nazis, you have obviously lost the argument…
Ian Birrell is a former speechwriter for David Cameron
Gay Marriage - Benedict XVI’s Christmas Address - Not preaching social justice - same-sex marriage in civil law | Construct "human nature" just out-dated? | Each human person is so unique that there are virtually as many human natures as there are human persons? - By Professor Thomas Farrell - 12/21/12
Pope Benedict XVI is not preaching social justice regarding same-sex marriage in civil law - 12/21/12 - Professor Thomas Farrell
Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) December 21, 2012: Is there one human nature that male humans and female human have by virtue of being human? Or do male humans have a male human nature, but female humans have a female human nature? Or is the conceptual construct "human nature" just out-dated -- and there is no such thing as human nature? Or is it the case that each human person is so unique that there are virtually as many human natures as there are human persons?
I know, I know, these questions sound abstract. But consider the claim that "all men are created equal." Does this claim mean that all male human persons are created equal to one another because they all have a male human nature? But this understanding of the claim would exclude female human persons, presumably because they do not have a male human nature. Thus the claim that "all men are created equal" should be understood to mean that all human persons have a human nature, which is the basis for human equality…
Now, many Americans today see the issue of same-sex marriage as a social justice issue. If men and women both have a human nature, why should it make any difference in civil law if marriage is operationally defined as being between one man and one woman, or as being between one man and another man, or as being between one woman and another woman?...
About: Professor Thomas Farrell
Thomas J. Farrell
Department of Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota Duluth
Gay Marriage – Benedict XVI Antigay Christmas Statements – DISMISSES SCIENCE – Renders - NATURAL LAW - "NONSENSE UPON STILTS" --- Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – 12/27/12
Pontiff equates GENDER THEORIES with threat to rainforests – 12/23/08
AUSCHWITZ -- CHRISTMAS 2008 -- A flashback far more severe than in --- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – December 26, 2008 – by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Last year, Pope Benedict XVI sparked fury in the gay community when he suggested that homosexuality was as big a threat to humankind as the destruction of the rainforests.
Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving Downing Street in 2007, said that views on homosexuality had to keep "evolving".
"There is a huge generational difference here. There's probably that same fear amongst religious leaders that if you concede ground on [homosexuality], because attitudes and thinking evolve over time, where does that end? You'd start having to rethink many, many things."
He added: "If you went and asked the [ordinary Catholic] congregation, I think you'd find that their faith is not to be found in those types of entrenched attitudes." Photo
Gay Marriage ILLINOIS – President OBAMA - believes in treating EVERYONE fairly and equally, with dignity and respect - …it's wrong to prevent couples who are in LOVING, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. | FREEDOM - This is the United States of America – 12/30/12
"I Hate You Then I Love You" … Gay? - J. EDGAR HOOVER and BENEDICT XVI - Homophobic Men - a "tragic story...about HOW DANGEROUS SEXUAL REPRESSION IS." 12/09/12
June 5, 2008 – Harvard University – Commencement Address – Video – Transcript Photo
…One of the greatest formative experiences of my life preceded Harry Potter, though it informed much of what I subsequently wrote in those books. This revelation came in the form of one of my earliest day jobs. Though I was sloping off to write stories during my lunch hours, I paid the rent in my early 20s by working at the African research department at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London.
There in my little office I read hastily scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian regimes by men and women who were risking imprisonment to inform the outside world of what was happening to them. I saw photographs of those who had disappeared without trace, sent to Amnesty by their desperate families and friends. I read the testimony of torture victims and saw pictures of their injuries. I opened handwritten, eye-witness accounts of summary trials and executions, of kidnappings and rapes…
…Every day, I saw more evidence about the evils humankind will inflict on their fellow humans, to gain or maintain power. I began to have nightmares, literal nightmares, about some of the things I saw, heard, and read…
…Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places…
And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.
…I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.
What is more, those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy…
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There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' Photo
But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'
Gay Marriage & Benedict XVI Mirroring – “Hitler Youth” supporting Nazis Brutal RE-EDUCATION of Homosexuals | 1997 Orders RE-EDUCATION for Gay Priest, Fr. Marty Kurylowicz’s Public “Coming Out” for Protection of Gay Children |---No USA Civil Laws to Protect Gay Catholic Priest or Children – 9/15/12
PRESIDENT OBAMA‘S letter – August 2012 - Appreciate Perspective on Gay (LGBT) Rights of Fr. Marty Steven Kurylowicz - LGBT Rights Begins with CHILDREN | VATICAN CRACKDOWN – August 2012 - Gay Catholic Priest - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz “Coming Out” 1997 for “Protection of CHILDREN from Antigay Social & Religious Norms - 10/10/12
Developmental Narratives Growing Up Gay - Overview - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - November 16, 2008
Perpetuation of Generational Violence On Children -- Who Grow Up to Be Gay - Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – December 19, 2008
Homosexuality: Coming out of the confusion, by Sidney H. Phillips, M.D. – December 8, 2008