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Gay Christians Not Thrilled About Activists Crapping All Over Pope’s British Visit

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 1st September 2010 12.48 UTC

Gay and lesbian Christians have criticised secularists planning to protest during the pope’s visit to Britain for their “unhelpful and counterproductive” tactics.

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) said that it wanted papal critics – who are voicing their opposition to this month’s state visit for a number of reasons, including the Vatican’s rejection of equal rights for homosexuals – to “disagree with respect”.

It said that it would hold a prayer vigil, not a protest, so the pope could see the faces of those he spoke against, and become aware that his “homophobic comments affect real people”.

It said: “The Protest the Pope coalition of secularist groups has opposed the trip and promised noisy protests, but progressive Christians believe that this is unhelpful and counterproductive.”

But its call for restraint went unheeded, with Protest the Pope refusing to change its strategy.

Andrew Copson, from the British Humanist Association, said that the LGCM statement failed to recognise that Protest the Pope objected to the state aspect of the visit, not the pastoral or religious one. “As a religious leader and a citizen of Europe, we have said he is obviously entitled to visit.

“As a head of a state which many see as enormously destructive of human rights and equality on the international stage it is legitimate and morally right to question him, and the idea that heads of states should receive automatic ‘respect’ because they also happen to be religious leaders we see as entirely mistaken.”

At its first public meeting last month there was support for an attempt to stop Benedict XVI reaching an event. The audience, in Richmond library, heard that Benedict XVI would have to travel down a narrow suburban road to reach the campus of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, where he would meet thousands of schoolchildren and students. The forum said that it would not support such a blockade, having decided against direct protest, but it was a matter for individuals if they wished to pursue this option.

Organisers behind its flagship event, a march through central London on 17 September, say they are co-operating with local authorities and law-enforcement agencies.

Today the group is staging a debate about whether the papal visit should be a state one.

Proposing that it should not be are human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the philosopher AC Grayling. Their opposition comprises Christopher Jamison and the Catholic commentator Austen Ivereigh.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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  • 10 Comments
    • REBELComx
      REBELComx

      So the sheep are defending the wolf in shepherd’s clothing. The only “real” people the Pope is concerned with effecting are the ones directly under and around him who are fleecing the rest of the flock on his behalf.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adam
      adam

      Disagree with respect for a worldwide organization protecting sexual predators? No thanks.

      The secularists are 100% correct.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike L.
      Mike L.

      Yeah they should blockade that pathway so the pedophile-defending pope doesn’t reach those children, who knows how many of them have already fallen in the clutches of a malicious priest.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      He’ll be lucky if no ones tries to arrest him.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Miss Understood
      Miss Understood

      The pope is a criminal who belongs in prison. He doesn’t deserve respect. Religious people crack me up. They will argue against gay rights for the sake of “the children” They will argue for censorship to protect “the children”. Then they will completely disregard a worldwide organization that systematically abuses children.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew B.
      Andrew B.

      He deserves no respect. The Pope should be ashamed to show his face.

      Sep 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • uu
      uu

      Ugh, Christians can be so meek. It’s not virtuous, it’s sad.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 9:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      We should pity the members of the Gay and Lesbian Christian Movement. They are like battered women in an abusive relatiosnhip who quietly ask the next door neighbors not to call the police on their husbands.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toony
      toony

      @Joe: LOL. When you put it that way…

      Sep 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer Supremacist
      Queer Supremacist

      The day of reckoning for the romanist cult, whether via a new Nuremberg trial or an Israeli missile, can’t come soon enough.

      I am calling right here and right now for the obliteration of this Nazi-loving, boy-raping death cult by any means necessary.

      Sep 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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