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Pope: Gay Marriage an Obstacle to World Peace

In a statement released yesterday by the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI ranked same-sex marriage with nuclear arms proliferation, environmental pollution, economic inequality, abortion, and birth control as threats to world peace in a message for for the World Day of Peace on January 1st, according to Religion News Service:

Pope"Presenting the nuclear family as the 'first and indispensable teacher of peace' and the 'primary agency of peace,' the 15-page document links sexual and medical ethics to international relations. 'Everything that serves to weaken the family based on the marriage of a man and woman, everything that directly or indirectly stands in the way of its openness to the responsible acceptance of new life ... constitutes an objective obstacle on the road to peace,' Benedict writes."

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  1. I wonder if priests molesting their young parishioners is an obstacle to world peace? Let's see, two married gay guys with a kid, or a priest who destroyed the lives of countless children while his superiors covered it up... the Pope should just shut the hell up.

    Posted by: jake | Dec 12, 2007 10:56:21 AM

  2. Evidently "Eggs" doesn't count his "assistant" as a marriage partner. I'd sue his happy ass for palimony

    Posted by: newportjoey | Dec 12, 2007 10:57:15 AM

  3. Odd, I put the Catholic religion on my top three list of obstacles to world peace . . . right up there with Muslums and Jews.

    Posted by: James | Dec 12, 2007 11:00:09 AM

  4. I would rate the current Pope as being a greater threat to World peace than gay marriage.

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Dec 12, 2007 11:05:50 AM

  5. Can't we just quote Kathy Griffin...

    "Don't give me your Catholic bullshit. cuz I'm not buying it."

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 12, 2007 11:08:55 AM

  6. Let me say this clearly so there is no misinterpretation:


    For centuries, men like Pope Benedict have stood in the way of progress, fighting it every single step of the way until they are forced to concede that progress is a good thing after all. Yes, it has been a few hundred years since Christians were burning witches and heretics at the stake, but the bloodthirst among many Christians has not been quenched. That's why their "Prince of Peace" is depicted as a muslce-bound Rambo instead of the humble, loving and spiritual person that he was. That's why followers of the man who told us to love one another have spent CENTURIES killing anyone who got in their way.

    Why is it that the so-called "three great monotheistic religions" - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - who have collectively had at least 4000 years of influence yet have been unable to bring peace to the world? Why is it that it is always one of these groups who is at odds with the other and through their opposition to one another bring war, suffering, famine, etc. to the world?

    I have a suggestion: let us liberal, freedom-loving and even same-sex loving secularists have the next 4000 years and see if we can't do better than the so-called religious people have over the past 4000 years. Clearly, religion - ALL RELIGION - is just not up to the job of creating peace, creating stabliity and creating freedom.

    I'd love nothing more than to have the chance to slap that nasty smirk off of Benedict's face and put him and the rest of the Vatican in their place. I can't wait for the day when the walls of the Vatican are torn down and the whole monstrosity is levelled to the ground. In its place there should be created a memorial to the millions and millions of people who have suffered and died at the hands of the Church and from its policies of Christian superiority, opposition contraception, opposition safe and legal access to abortion, etc. Enough is enough, y'all.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 12, 2007 11:18:04 AM

  7. What would Jesus say? Religion=Death

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 12, 2007 11:20:14 AM

  8. Truth, James.

    Religion is the most realistic obstacle to peace existing today, in my opinion. The vast majority of armed conflicts stem from differences in religious ideology.

    Posted by: David | Dec 12, 2007 11:20:33 AM

  9. Jesus Christ! How does gay marriage stack up next to intolerance, hunger and poverty in the threat to world peace? Gay marriage, no matter who thinks what about it, is based in love. How can that be a threat to peace? Someone wake up the antiquated figurehead!

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Dec 12, 2007 11:25:01 AM

  10. Religion is the OBSTACLE to World Peace. Ronald Reagan often called religion the world's mightiest force for good, "the bedrock of moral order." George Bush said it gives people "the character they need to get through life." This view is held by millions. But the truism isn't true. The record of human experience shows that where religion is strong, it causes cruelty. Intense beliefs produce intense hostility. Only when faith loses its force can a society hope to become humane.

    The history of religion is a horror story. If anyone doubts it, just review this chronicle of religion's gore during the last 1,000 years or so:

    Anything that divides people breeds inhumanity. Religion serves that ugly purpose.

    Posted by: vinny | Dec 12, 2007 11:28:16 AM

  11. This current Pope will make religion more irrelevant than it has already become.

    Posted by: Richie | Dec 12, 2007 11:31:39 AM

  12. It's just sad that so many people listen to what this awful little wanna-be drag queen says. Wasn't he a nazi in a former life?

    I can't be bothered. I just go by what Madonna says about how awful the Catholic church is. Organized religion (all of it) sucks. It should be outlawed. Period.

    Posted by: Jordan | Dec 12, 2007 11:35:47 AM

  13. that ridiculous old fart and his church are among the greatests obstacles to peace and sanity.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 12, 2007 11:36:44 AM

  14. Unfortunately, religion has been given a horrible reputation, many original texts in major religions are violent and contradictory (not to mention, written by human beings supposedly divinely inspired..ha!), as noted by just about everyone above, but the real problem is stupidity. IF contracting a bad case of the dumbass were fatal, we'd be tripping over corpses. Problem solved!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Dec 12, 2007 11:37:47 AM

  15. Religion can be a beautiful thing, when it helps a person realize the beauty in the world, create a more peaceful life, and love those around them.

    The problem is when people start to believe everything that an organized religion has to say and when those religions start dictating the actions of those inside and outside of their religion based on ideals that may have been made up thousands of years ago.

    Instead of attacking religion, we should go after their followers and remind them that they have both free will and common sense. Attacking religion makes us sound like a bunch of hedonistic gays and what God-fearing person is going to want to listen someone like that.

    Posted by: junior | Dec 12, 2007 11:47:18 AM

  16. gimme that old time religion, boys: the dionysian mysteries... i'm on my knees every sunday ... worshipping cock.. anyone care to join me?... services start at 11:00 a.m.

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 12, 2007 11:51:25 AM

  17. Well said, James, but please add all of the ridiculous Christian-based religions to that list.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Dec 12, 2007 11:51:51 AM

  18. The next time gay marriage tortures and kills millions of 'non-believers' then let's talk about world peace.

    Posted by: wetcnt | Dec 12, 2007 11:52:53 AM

  19. Well, it's a message for the World Day of Peace, How would be a speech about the war

    Posted by: pe-jota | Dec 12, 2007 11:53:35 AM

  20. Boys, I'm tellin' ya':

    Santeria and Voodoo and other African based religions are your answer. You can be a Voodoo priest and be openly gay...and white! You don't have to hide in the closet and bother little boys like in Christianity & Islam. I don't insult the Jews. I'm PC.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 12, 2007 11:57:44 AM

  21. I wonder if he was wearing he Prada shoes while making the comment? Amazing he was able to keep a straight face while hiding that 12 year old under he garb.........

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2007 11:58:43 AM

  22. Well he just talked himself out of an invite to my wedding.

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 12, 2007 12:07:17 PM

  23. Maybe we should preemptively invade the Vatican. It's just as likely that they have WMDs stuffed up under their pretty little dresses as it was likely that Saddam hid them in his mustache.

    And since we know that 'WMDs' is code for 'We want to steal that sovereignty's wealth and resources' - well, Catholics wrote the book on looting other civilizations. Think of all the treasure they have stashed away over there.

    Hell, Nuke 'em and be done with it.

    And while we're on that topic... If the Muslims are such sworn enemies of 'Infidels' why haven't they rushed the Vatican? I mean... it's just SITTING there... It's not like hunting for OBL (who is somewhere in Afghanistan dragging around his Dialysis machine and making Bush look even more like a moron and incompetent.)

    Religion sucks, and if we're not careful we're going to be back in Medieval Europe during the Dark Ages when the church controlled everything.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Dec 12, 2007 12:09:58 PM

  24. If gay marriage is such a threat to world peace, it's funny how countries that recognize gay unions tend to be peaceful ones, while Intolerant (i.e. religious) countries tend not to be so peaceful . . . hmmm? And according to this theory, he himself, along with all the unmarried priests, would also be threats to peace; well, he may have that part right.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 12, 2007 12:13:58 PM

  25. He's so going to hell.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Dec 12, 2007 12:20:04 PM

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