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Vatican Opposes UN Resolution Condemning Anti-Gay Discrimination

Yesterday, it was reported that the Vatican stated its opposition to a UN declaration formally condemning discrimination against gays because doing so would pressure nations which do not recognize same-sex unions to do so. The resolution, which the Vatican claims would "de-criminalize" same-sex unions, is set to be introduced by France on December 10th at the UN General Assembly, on the 60th anniversary of the UN declaration of human rights.

BenedictThe Times reports: "Over 80 countries in the world currently outlaw same-sex relations, with punishments range from short prison sentences to life imprisonment and even death by execution. The UN declaration will not be binding, but gay rights movements hope it will lead to a UN resolution. The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs, Rama Yade, said that the EU should also 'take the lead in stopping violence against women worldwide.'"

Today, Reuters reports that the Vatican has been "attacked" for the condemnation. Once again, gays are being framed as the aggressors:

"A strongly worded editorial in Italy's mainstream La Stampa newspaper said the Vatican's reasoning was 'grotesque.' Pointing out that homosexuality was still punishable by death in some Islamic countries, the editorial said what the Vatican really feared was a 'chain reaction in favor of legally recognized homosexual unions in countries, like Italy, where there is currently no legislation.' Franco Grillini, founder and honorary president of Arcigay, Italy's leading gay rights group, said the Vatican's reasoning smacked of 'total idiocy and madness... 'The French resolution, which is supported by all 27 members of the European Union, has nothing to do with gay marriage. It is about stopping jail and the death penalty for homosexuals,' Grillini told Reuters."

In late October, the Vatican said that candidates for the Catholic priesthood should undergo psychological tests to screen out heterosexuals unable to control their sexual urges and those with strong homosexual tendencies.

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  1. "The fact of the matter is that many on here just can't handle the fact that a large group of people believes homosexuality to be a disorder. You are not demanding equal rights, you are demanding for others, and entire religious systems, to accept that homosexual acts are not immoral. We are ALL for equal rights!"

    ALL? Not from what I'm reading. I don't care what Catholics or any other "religious systems" think about the way I have sex or live my life. It's none of their business. If they want to believe, falsely, that homosexuality is a disorder, that's their right. (Priests molesting children, on the other hand, IS clearly a disorder.) It's when Catholics, or any other religious group, uses their religious beliefs in a secular society to infringe upon my civil rights that there's a problem. I may not believe in their religion (even as I support Catholic stands on war and the death penalty), but I have never worked to prevent Catholics from practicing their religion, whereas Catholics, led by the pope, have actively worked to keep me from having the equality I deserve. A big difference.

    I find it odd that gay people (if you're not gay, shoo) are so passionately defending an institution that believes you should spend your life alone, celibate, and without the love that can only come from fully accepting your sexuality. Unless you want a life of celibacy, a gay Catholic who follows the church's teachings is pretty much guaranteed a life of misery. To me, that is both disordered and sad, but it's not my place to tell Catholics how to live, and it's not their place to tell me how to live or who I can marry.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 3, 2008 9:02:54 PM

  2. Religious belief is a choice, homosexuality is not. Its not acceptable to discriminate against someone for their genetic make up (blacks, gays, women etc), but it IS acceptable to 'control' people based upon their beliefs. Beliefs are what cause all the worlds problems, especially the belief that you have a right to be excluded from legal control.

    Posted by: Rovex | Dec 7, 2008 5:43:59 AM

  3. These Catholic apologists never tire of lying, do they? The Church only opposes civil laws it fears would impinge on how it operates? Utter lie. The Church is attempting to shape the world outside its doors, and one approach to that has been to oppose pretty much every attempt at the inclusion of gay people into the institutions of American life. Instead, when they come out with statements like, "Talk nice about the homos while you try to strip them of their rights," fools like Thad run around saying, "See, they're not anti-gay."

    Posted by: MAJeff | Dec 7, 2008 7:27:06 AM

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