Thursday, March 13, 2008

Catholic Bishop Attacks Gay "Persecution"

ONE of Scotland's most senior Catholics has launched an attack on the "gay lobby" in Scotland, claiming there is a "huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy" against Christian values.

The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and president of the Catholic Education Commission, said gay rights organisations aligned themselves with minority groups, such as Holocaust survivors, to project an "image of a group of people under persecution".

He warned that the gay lobby – which he labelled "the opposition" – had mounted "a giant conspiracy" to shape public policy.

Read the full article in the Scotsman here.

The Scotsman editorial on this is available here.

See also: Fury at bishop’s gay ‘persecution’ claim - The Herald.


flats said...

I think theres a gay persecution all over the world, excepting Netherlands and a few countries more, but for example in Spain the place where I live, they are able to get married, so... Here the Church attacks´em but people are sick of hearing the same day by day... I think people can get married, but please dont call it "marriage" call it union ore something like this, becouse a marriage is the union between a man and a woman, isnt it?

Zefrog said...

I don't think speaking of a gay persecution against the Catholic Church is accurate at all. LGBT people are trying to ascertain their right to be who they are freely without the risk of discrimination or sometimes death.

They attack the Catholic Church's intolerant (and some would say unchristian) attitude towards them, not the Church itself. Most LGBT people know from bitter experience the value of freedom and in consequence very few, if any, actively want to see the Church disappear.

On the contrary, the Catholic Church actively works to suppress LGBT people's freedom, trying its best, and using its still considerable influence, to suppress their freedom and see their rights ignored or diminished at every opportunity.

Despite my contempt for the Church's attitude, I think (and I can't be the only one) there is space for both communities to live in harmony; each doing its own thing without attacking the rights of the other to do its own thing.

Sadly this is something the Catholic Church refuses to acknowledge or even consider, using the "gay issue" as a tool to whip up a little interest for itself in the media and try to scare people into coming back to its fold. Its time and energy would be, I think, better utilised doing some proper Christain work of charity.

As for the question of marriage, in many countries the law indeed defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. Other countries (South Africa, Belgium, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands, for example) have a more open legal definition of the word which includes the union of same sex couple. In other countries where civil union for same-sex couples is recognised, the word marriage is often the term of preference in common everyday usage to describe the contract. All this proves that the question is little less than one of semantics and legal outlook.

The Catholic Church wants to make it a question of moral, quoting the Old Testament for support of this view. This seems quite hypocritical, since Leviticus (the main source for the apparent interdiction of homosexual activities) also forbids a whole raft of other things that the Church and its followers are quite happy to ignore.