There are so many angles of wrong in what the Pope is preaching this Christmas that I'm not really going to voice my opinion that much, or I'd be filling several pages with bitter and angry incredulity. The Pope's message for the time of year which is supposed to embody love, empathy and niceness is: "Homosexuality is as great a threat as rainforest destruction".
On the front of Peter Tatchell's website is the following quote:
"The only liberation struggle worth fighting is a struggle inspired by love.
Love is the beginning, middle and end of liberation.
Without love, there can be no liberation worthy of the name."
I don't really want to spend time explaining why I felt that was relevant.
He's a hero of mine, is PT. Anyway. He talks about a leaflet put out by the UK Catholic church, which is almost diametrically opposed to this... fucked up seemingly 1930's inspired bigoted hatred. Which is just brilliant. I hope, hope Hope that around the world there are many Catholic groups who are not even subtly putting across how much they don't agree with this garbage.
I think that Catholics can have no excuses. If you happen to read this, are Catholic and believe that the Pope is... hopelessly, disgustingly wrong, then you must say so. You have to stand up and say that this is bullshit. This is Henny Penny fear mongering of the most insidious, awful kind and must be denied by everyone. I don't know if it has more to do with the current parlous state of Italian politics than anything else, right now, but... whatever. I'm just, I feel sick to my stomach.
Oh yes, I forgot to say - it's really weird how totally under-reported this has been. It occurred to me that for once, the international press might have unconsciously colluded in deliberately not promoting a message of fear and hate, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, it did mean I had to link to (of course!) The Daily Mail, for which I apologise :)