Friday, September 23, 2005

Vatican-Approved Gay Bashing

This New York Times article on the overall reaction to the Vatican's plans to try to keep homosexuals from becoming priests is disturbing on so many levels.

Several gay priests talk about how they already feel "less than" in the church and worry that a witch-hunt mentality could ensure (why are you serving a church that makes you feel this way?). People who support the idea routinely use the words "homosexual" and "pedophile" interchangeably. And even the people who support the right of gays to be priests end up perpetrating stereotypes and say things that can hardly be seen as good for the cause:

Max Gonzalez, 52, a retired phone company worker who arrived at the church just after Mass ended, said gay priests "don't bother me, as long as they're not bothering the kids."

This is some seriously frightening stuff.

Full article: Gay Men Ponder Impact of Proposal by Vatican (via The New York Times)

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