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Dutch Foreign Minister Calls Out Pope For Attacking Gays On Christmas

Par3176910After the Pope called marriage-equality efforts around the world a threat to the human race, Holland’s foreign affairs minister slammed the Pontiff for not respecting individual rights.

Frans Timmermans dinged Benedict XVI for his verbal diarrhea: “If every person is unique—as the Pope’s representative said in Dublin last week—then why should that unique person not have the right to stand up for their own sexual orientation?” he said to RTL Nederland “Why can Romeo marry Juliet but not Julius? [Accepting] marriage between two people of the same sex is having respect for the uniqueness of the individual.”

The Pope’s comments came just a week after his controversial World Day of Peace message stating that gay marriage was the downfall of society and an editorial by the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper claimed the fight for marriage equality was the pursuit of an “unattainable utopia.”

Reaction against the Vatican’s homophobic remarks has been fierce in the Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage: According to Gay Star News, advocacy groups are asking Timmermans to petition the UN to drop the Vatican’s special status within the august body. And the Dutch Facebook group “No Flowers for The Pope” is petitioning the government to stop sending flowers to Rome for Easter, as it does every year.

Source: Gay Star News

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Dec 25, 2012
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  • 4 Comments
    • Sean305
      Sean305

      First of all, no religious leader should be allowed to make any statement concerning the politics of a secular state outside of a private setting.

      Secondly, why do so many people follow a non-democratic organization 1) the leadership of which has been asssociated with enormous historical injustices, 2) has no elected representation of its members, 3) has no legal basis in its current form. Are we not in the 21st Century? Why are giving this undemocratic institution any more attention than Kim Il Sung?

      I share Cher’s and Piers Morgan’s opinion as to the reasons – “People are just plain stupid.”

      Dec 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dukeofhurl
      dukeofhurl

      If the catholic church gives in to gay marriage then they will lose all of their priests. They have to condemn it. Holy see?

      Dec 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack E. Jett
      Jack E. Jett

      He looks like a more fem version of Bea Arthur.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @Sean305: The answer is very simple.

      Because a lot of white people are catholics.

      Which for some reason lends it credibility beyond it’s worth in the mindset of our dumbind down populace, it’s of no more worth to me than the spaghetti monster or the space teapot or a mosque or synagogue.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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