Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Count on the Vatican to promote hatred

After two thousand years of fighting human progress at every turn, it shouldn't come as a shock that the Roman Catholic hierarchy can be relied upon to oppose equal rights for lesbians and gay men. The Vatican opposes a resolution to be proposed to the UN by the EU (as represented by France) calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.

It's remarkable that in an age when the gay rights debate, at least in the OECD countries and many others, has moved on to issues such as the right to marry, adoption and parental rights, ability to serve in the armed forces, etc., the Roman Catholic hierarchy actually believes that same-sex attraction (and particularly same-sex relationships) should remain against the law. I hope Roman Catholics worldwide understand that, every time they contribute money to their churches, they are contributing to an organization that sides with countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and countless others who regard lesbians and gay men living full lives as criminals.

The facts are quite clear. The Vatican has thrown its lot in with others who, by criminalizing same-sex attraction, subject lesbians and gay men to fines, imprisonment, torture and execution. While the Vatican no longer has the power to burn people like me at the stake as it once did (we can thank the Enlightenment for that), it is still so unabashed and unapologetic in its hatred for men and women like me that it readily sides with those countries that would. This doesn't surprise me at all in light of this institution's long history of oppression and hatred of human freedom and happiness. It is, after all, an institution that has long been dedicated to sacrificing human happiness on an altar of illusions. I can't blame it for being true to its nature as surely as no one could blame a shark for attacking its prey. But I can and do blame supporters of this institution for lending aid to an organization that is inimical to justice and happiness.

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