Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pope's Preemptive Strike in Great Britain

     Big surprise: Pope Ben is bashing LGBT persons again, this time in a preemptive on Great Britain's pending equality legislation, setting the stage for coming visit in September.  A visit, that according to the National Secular Society will cost British taxpayers approximately £20m ($31.88 U.S.), that includes the taxpayers whom Benny doesn't want to have equal civil rights under the law.  But don't worry because, "The pope urged the bishops to make their voices heard and to defend the faith, saying Christian teaching did not undermine or restrict the freedom of others." Of course it doesn't, you historically blind, delusional and hypocritical imbecile!

     In a speech in which he confirmed that he will be coming to Britain on a four-day visit in September, the Pope said: “Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society. 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.”
     There it is again: the precious natural law argument.  That is the natural law as seen through the Medieval, male-centered, and heterosexist, colored lenses of the one, holy, Roman, and closeted Catholic church. 

    Ruth Glenhill of the Times Online responds to Ben's argument that anti-discrimination laws encroach on the church's religious freedom to discriminate according to their belief system:
     The question the Pope seems to skate over is whether religious communities can legitimately choose for themselves their own constitutional arrangements. The Pope’s view is a misunderstanding of that principle. Religious toleration involves not passing laws that aid a religion or elevate one religion over others. Laws that subject religion to the same responsibilities on discrimination as civil society are not a violation of religious liberty because they do not penalise religion.
     The Government, in the Equality Bill, has never intended to remove from religious groups the right to apply religious criteria to religious jobs, such as those of priests. Harriet Harman’s intention is merely to clarify what is and is not a religious job, ensuring that the secular workers are not subject to unfair discrimination because of their sexuality or any other reason.
      Pope Ben and others, who argue that equal rights and anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT persons impede conservative church's religious liberties, are so self-righteous that they fail to consider the religious liberty of other individuals, who have no problem with LGBT persons. 

     The laws will not require Benny to ordain gay men, so he can still keep his clerical "Do Ask, Don't Tell (the Truth)" policy in place.  He and his bishops will be able to continue to manipulate their closeted gay clerics (and have periodic "celibate falls" with them) and will be able to continue to project their own shame by bashing the evil homosexuals and atheists who are responsible for the "destruction" of society.  No one is taking that "right" of his away.

     Pope Benedict XVI still has the right to continue to be a defecating sphincter, who thinks his own anal pronouncements do not offend.