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Papal Poison

Posted in 1 by activecitizen54 on February 2, 2010

Papal Poison:

Pam’s House Blend provided this wonderful piece of graphic that I, oh so carefully lifted to share with all of you.

The full article is Here.

The Bigot Pope Benedict is saying that he’ll visit the UK but he doesn’t like the Brit’s protection of the LGBT Community from the Hate Crimes his Fear Mongering and slander of humans with God-Given attributes of same sex attraction creates.  Perhaps the Brits should arrange for several Gays to be crucified for his visit?  Trafalgar Square would be a good place for a crucifiction…

Pam writes: “Now of course, Pope Benedict, who has launched another bigot missile at Britain’s proposed Equality Bill, is going to be greeted by protests when he arrives. He claims victimhood — that protecting LGBTs from discrimination in the public sphere is tantamount on an attack on religious freedom (where have we heard that old saw before?).”

In a letter to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, many of whom are currently in Rome on an “ad limina” visit, Pope Benedict publicly criticised Britain’s equality legislation for the first time.

“Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society,” he wrote. “Yet as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.

In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.” In a separate warning to any bishop thinking of deviating from the Vatican’s lead on such controversial issues, Pope Benedict also reiterated the need for the Church to “speak with a united voice“.

“In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognise dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate,” he said. “It is the truth revealed through scripture and tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free.”

The Pope’s comments were a clear assault on the Equality Bill, which consolidates the past 40 years of equality legislation and aims to expand rules stopping employers from discriminating against gay employees because of their sexuality. Churches and religious organisations are currently exempt from the legislation, an exemption the Pope believes his bishops must make sure they maintain.

Last week, an amendment to the Bill which would have more clearly defined which jobs could continue to discriminate against homosexuals was defeated in the House of Lords with help from the Anglican bishops who are also exposed to any expansion of the equality legislation.



All those men done up in fabulous embroidered dresses with those silly hats and lots of smoking purses.


Dressing Up Intolerance As a Respectable Philosophy

Put yourself in the position of the conservative Republican:

I don’t have any problem with conservatives teaching conservative Republicanism to their own kids. But I don’t want them to advocate it in the public schools. And if their kids get beat up because they’re conservative Republicans, that’s their own fault, and they shouldn’t expect any help from school officials, because conservative Republicanism is a choice, and if they want to avoid the beatings, they can quit being conservative Republicans any time they want.

And if conservative Republicans want to date each other, that’s fine, but if they want to make love to each other, then that ought to be against the law. After all, we do have some moral standards in this country, don’t we?

I think that we should allow conservative Republicans to be scout leaders and school teachers, but only of course, if we monitor them closely to make sure they don’t recruit innocent young people into their foul brand of politics.

I resent the way Hollywood and the press present conservative Republicanism as a respectable way to live. After all, if a person is sincere and motivated enough, he can convert himself to being a liberal democrat, and he wouldn’t have to go around offending everyone and asking for special rights.

And that’s another thing. Special rights. I don’t see why any conservative Republican should have his religious views protected by law. After all, being a conservative Republican is something I can distinguish only by behavior, and I don’t see why simple behavior should qualify anyone for protected minority status. So we ought to do away with the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Their lifestyle offends my sense of right and wrong, so I cannot be indifferent to their claim to legitimacy. While there’s some evidence that being born a conservative might be predisposed by inheritance, there’s not any doubt that they could change if they want to enough, and so if they want the same rights as us liberal Democrats have, all they have to do is change.

Well, this is a democracy, so I guess I’m going to have to tolerate the presence of conservative Republicans in this country. But that doesn’t mean I have to endorse or accept them. So if they want to live in this country, that’s fine, but they should keep it to themselves. I don’t want to have to watch.

Now, how does that rhetoric sound? Intolerant? Meanspirited? If you substitute ‘gays’ for ‘conservative Republicans,’ you have some common conservative rhetoric. How legitimate as a political philosophy does it sound to you? Of course I don’t personally feel that way about conservatives, but aren’t there more than just a few conservatives who feel that way about gays?

All too often, conservative theoreticians fail to consider how their philosophies would feel if the shoe were on the other foot. If they did, they would quickly begin to see how their ideas are really designed to benefit themselves, at the expense of others who have just as legitimate a claim to a piece of the American dream as they do.

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