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Scottish Archbishop Warns if Gays are Treated Equally, Christians Will Be Victims of 'Gross Discrimination'

The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, is the latest Christian to play the victim card to try and stop gay people from being treated equally. Conti sent a letter to Scottish parishes urging them to oppose marriage equality, ATV reports:

Conti The SNP government has made it clear that under their proposals Churches would be free to choose whether or not they wish to hold gay marriage ceremonies. That reassurance has not subdued opposition from Church figures though and Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow, is urging all the Scottish parishes to oppose equal marriage rights for gay couples. Catholics are now being urged to sign a declaration stating their opposition. Conti claims that legalising gay marriage will lead to "gross discrimination" against Christians and that the government doesn't have a mandate to "reconstruct society on ideological grounds”. Conti states  “The Catholic Church, for one, will not accept it, and indeed will actively campaign against it." And “There will be other consequences in law, and social policies stemming from it which need to be taken into account, for example housing provision, social security entitlements and the legitimate expectations of families for support in having and bringing up children on whom the future of society depends, and for which society should make provision.”

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  1. Then he had sex with a dozen 12-year-old altar boys.

    Blah blah blah poor put upon Catholic Church blah blah blah. Meanwhile they have so much cash on hand but won't spend it to feed the poor.

    Very Christian of them.

    Posted by: Joe B. | Oct 10, 2011 12:30:13 PM

  2. Bigoted and ignorant Christians, filled with hate and fear are already marginalizing themselves. They don't need any help from anyone else.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 10, 2011 12:31:18 PM

  3. This guy talks like he doesn't grasp how much has already changed.

    If he would hang up the Popeline and have a word with some of his 18-29-years-old flock, he would probably become in-Conti-nent.

    Posted by: Demian | Oct 10, 2011 12:34:17 PM

  4. Must be rough to be a member of the clergy in Western Europe. Western Europeans are so not into you! 2000 years of bad behavior has finally caught up with you. Even dumb-ass Americans are starting to catch on, slowly but surely.

    Posted by: candide001 | Oct 10, 2011 12:34:40 PM

  5. GREAT Halloween costume, I'll give him that much.

    Posted by: oliver | Oct 10, 2011 12:37:30 PM

  6. Cry me a river.

    Posted by: greg | Oct 10, 2011 12:44:27 PM

  7. "...and bringing up children on whom the future of society depends". Suddenly, the archbishop is worried about the children.

    Posted by: Don | Oct 10, 2011 12:47:30 PM

  8. The government's move to support gay marriage is supported by all the major parties in the UK. There are 850,000 catholics in Scotland. Funny that he says the government has no mandate to make a change to its secular marriage policy, supported by all political groups, yet he feels comfortable actively interfering in this consensus move on behalf of the tiny religious faction he represents.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 10, 2011 12:49:28 PM

  9. I'm having trouble following the logic leading to his point about the "other consequences" - unless he is saying that the chilren of gay marriages should not be entitled to the same support as the children of straight (Christan) marriages). But he coudln't be that evil could he?....Probably

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 10, 2011 1:01:08 PM

  10. The poor old bastard is in for a bit of a shock. In a recent poll of people with religious beliefs, the Catholic laity was far ahead of most (but not all) other faiths in its support of 'gay marriage'.
    This ennervated cleric's opposition to gay marriage is virtually guaranteed to see it supported by Catholics all over Scotland.

    Posted by: dazzer | Oct 10, 2011 1:04:48 PM

  11. Can someone show me anywhere in the Bible where Jesus is pointing fingers at people and denying them rights???

    I have a problem with some of them using their religion to justify denying gay people rights in society.

    Christianity is a matter of interpretation. Some Christians are very supportive of gay rights. However, the media gives more attention to bigoted Christians. I don't know if we should even call some of them 'Christians.'

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Oct 10, 2011 1:09:53 PM

  12. What this dumbass doesn't know is that many of the catholics in Scotland and in the UK as a whole actually don't support his narrow minded views on same-sex marriage, so he's in for a big surprise when it passes. One Liberal Democrat MP has already spoken out against him, more will follow. This is clearly a civil issue, not a religious one.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Oct 10, 2011 1:35:43 PM

  13. Being christian is a choice.
    Sexual orientation is immutable.
    This man should focus more on stomping out the rape of little boys by his fellow priests.

    Posted by: enough already | Oct 10, 2011 1:37:21 PM

  14. The Catholics are scared that their control over people will erode and Catholics will become free thinkers and finally get a real life outside the limits of the Church. It is happening everywhere, just look at the people that no longer attend church and the number of Catholics in favor of gay marriage grows every day. As older people pass on they are not replaced by younger persons to embrace Catholic beliefs.....the church is screwed and rightly so.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 10, 2011 1:38:20 PM

  15. At best, he's definitely complicit with a global gang of child rapists. At worst, he could conceivably have raped children himself. Nowhere across that spectrum of evil is there a place to accomodate his whining.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 10, 2011 1:39:22 PM

  16. If the reverend Sung Young Moon or somebody calling themselves the leader of the church of the right godly tater tot put out a press release saying that they would not honor marriage equality for homosexuals it would not be run at this site as legitimate news.

    A cult is a cult is a cult. There's not a lick of difference between the catholic 'church' and the other entities I pointed out.

    I challenge you, towleroad, to ignore the cult of the jewish zombie just like you'd ignore any other cult. That they have a wider following should not make a lick of difference.

    Posted by: Mike Hipp | Oct 10, 2011 2:00:05 PM

  17. SO?

    Posted by: truthiness | Oct 10, 2011 2:55:46 PM

  18. @MIKE HIPP - Actually I bet Towleroad would mention those. Knowing your enemies is very important in battle - and sadly we are in battle. There are people who will listen to the archbishiop's prattle and sadly will believe it. I don't any of them would also be Towleroad readers, but we need to know the idiocy that is put out there.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 10, 2011 3:26:15 PM

  19. Demian,

    Unfortunately, I don't think Archbishop Conti will be having any discussions with his 18-29 year old parishioners... I'm sure they're much too old for his taste.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Oct 10, 2011 3:36:21 PM

  20. whether he is the archbishop of glasgow Church of scotland or catholic church would be helpful info

    if catholic then I'd say its a publicity stunt thing since true Scots belong to the Church of Scotland. Kick him out of the country as a foreign infiltrator

    Posted by: say what | Oct 10, 2011 3:38:23 PM

  21. Has the Roman Catholic Church never discriminated against people? What about their killing of Huguenots, Albigensians, Cathars and every shade of Protestant Christian, as well as Muslims, Hindus, Rosicrucians, pagans and native peoples throughout the world. What about the Inquisition? Now it is this Bishop's turn to feel discrimination, if that's what he wants to call it. It is his and his Church's karma.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 10, 2011 3:49:53 PM

  22. @ TREES : Right on , dude !

    The Catholic Church has become the repository of disaffected bigots.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 10, 2011 4:01:55 PM

  23. @ Rob: I guess you know that Conti, along with the rest of the RCC, doesn't care about logic in any of these public assertions. They know that too many people will simply assume that, if a high-level authority says something, what ever they say must be true. Xns are ever encouraged to "have the innocence of children" and leave reality to the grownups.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Oct 10, 2011 5:23:27 PM

  24. Also, (this from Wikipedia): [Archbishop Conti] has also called on MSPs to reject the Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill, which would provide unmarried couples in "committed" relationships with equality in areas like inheritance, pensions and bereavement saying, "It is not homophobia and we have no gripe against homosexuals per se but we believe that the homosexual relationship is subversive."

    ... proving that DoubleThink is alive and well in the RCC.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Oct 10, 2011 5:38:34 PM

  25. These people still think they are living in the 12th century.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 10, 2011 5:50:36 PM

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