Pope’s Decision “Partly Prompted” By CLaims Over Influence Of Gay Lobby Within Vatican City
The Irish Times reports:
Italian daily La Repubblica has sensationally claims that Pope Benedict’s resignation was at least partly prompted by an internal report prepared by three senior cardinals, alleging that various lobbies, including a gay lobby, exercise an “inappropriate influence” in internal Holy See affairs. The newspaper suggests that such was Benedict’s dismay when presented with the details of the report on December 17th that it hardened his long-meditated decision to resign. The internal report prepared by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Josef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi had been commissioned by Benedict himself. He had ordered it in response to the so-called Vatileaks scandal which culminated with the arrest and subsequent conviction last autumn of the Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, found guilty of having stolen confidential documents from the papal apartment. In the article, it is claimed that the cardinals reported that various lobbies within the Holy See were consistently breaking the sixth and seventh commandments, namely “thou shalt not steal” and “thou shalt not commit adultery”. The “stealing” was in particular related to the Vatican Bank, IOR, whilst the sexual offences were related to the influence of an active gay lobby within the Vatican. Last week, when presiding over the Ash Wednesday celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict spoke of “divisions” which “besmirch” the face of the church. In a famous homily at the 2005 Via Crucis Easter celebrations in Rome, just days before the death of John Paul II, the then Cardinal Ratzinger had spoken of the “filth” in the church, a comment interpreted by many as a reference to the worldwide clerical sex abuse scandal. However, La Repubblica claims the cardinals’ 300 page report speaks of “Impropriam Influentiam” on the part of various lobbies, some of them of a “worldly nature”, reflecting an “outside influence”. The Rome daily recalls the figure of papal gentleman, Angelo Balducci, accused three years ago of being a member of a gay ring active within the Vatican and involving choristers and seminarians. The paper does not explain the source of its information on the cardinals report nor does it provide a direct quotation from any part of the report. Rather it claims that its findings are based on information received from an unnamed Vatican source. A Vatican spokesman had no comment to make on the allegations.
This is just heartbreaking. I found this onsocial news website Reddit. The user who published it wrote: “In August of 2007, I finally built up the courage to tell my father I was gay. The moment I said it, the phone got quiet and he got off the phone after a few “Okay”s. I decided to give him time to process the news. About a week later, and not long before my birthday, I received the following letter.”
Here’s the transcrip:
“James: This is a difficult but necessary letter to write. I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past.
Don’t expect any further conversations with me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house.
You’ve made your choice though wrong it may be. God did not intend for this unnatural lifestyle.
If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends and family will understand.
Have a good birthday and good life. No present exchanges will be accepted.
Sweden: Court Rules Trans Rape Victim Wasn’t Raped Because She Is A “Man”
The Local’s Sweden News reports:
A man who attempted to rape a woman has been cleared of the charges by a Swedish court after it turned out that the woman he tried to rape was actually a man.
“The intended crime never had the possibility of being fulfilled,” explained judge Dan Sjöstedt of the Örebro District Court to local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda. When the 61-year-old man had tried to commit the rape in Örebro, he had no idea that the intended victim was actually a man in women’s clothes, who had been taking hormonal treatment to reach the “right” identity, wrote the paper. After following the woman for some time, the would-be rapist was “brutally violent” in the “attempted rape”, tearing off the victim’s pants and grabbing at the victim’s crotch, according to the paper. The incident occurred in front of the victim’s ex-boyfriend’s house, and it was him who came rushing to intervene. When police arrived, they arrested the attacker. However, the court has ruled that the 61-year-old had intended to rape a woman, as he had been following her before the attack, making a conscious decision to rape her specifically. The man also referred to his victim as “she” throughout the court case. As this “woman” was actually a man, his intentions were impossible to commit as the rape could never be completed. “We believe that he wanted to rape this woman in particular. But as she turned out to be a man, the crime never was actually committed,” said Sjöstedt, adding that the case against rape was “invalid”. “There are different theories about how this should be handled, and so we’re looking forward to seeing the verdict from the Court of Appeals,” he said, adding that he would appeal the decision if he were the prosecutor or the defence. The 61-year-old is now convicted for assault. The punishment is four years prison and 15,000 kronor ($2,161) in damages to the woman.’
“WTF”-But-Predictible Act Of The Day: GOProud Endorses “Moron Of The Week” Inductee Mitt “Magic Underpants” Romney
GOProud has endorsed the man who signed a hate group’s pledge to destroy gay families via the federal constitution.
“Not only does President Obama not understand how the free markets work – he is openly hostile to free market capitalism,” said LaSalvia. “President Obama’s repeated attacks on Governor Romney’s private sector record underscore this President’s fundamental lack of understanding of how our economy works. Instead of demonizing free markets, President Obama should be focused on creating an economic environment that encourages free market investments and creates jobs.” “It is clear that the ‘hope and change’ of candidate Obama in 2008, has been replaced with ‘jealousy and envy,’” said LaSalvia. “Obama’s divisive attacks appeal to the absolute worst in Americans.” GOProud is the first and only organization representing gay Americans to endorse Governor Romney’s Presidential bid. “The truth is that this election is too important to wait or to sit on the sidelines,” continued LaSalvia. “We plan on spending every day between now and November working to make Obama a one term President.”
The above-linked press release notes that GOProud co-founder Chris Barron dissented from the endorsement. Barron is backing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
ARIZONA: Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Law That Declares That Life Begins Before Contraception (WFT?)
Dan Savage reports:
Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, just signed a law—pushed by Arizona’s Republican-packed legislature—that declares that life begins before conception:
Life starts earliest in Arizona, which now defines gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization. In practice, that means the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks (20 weeks from the last menstruation) except in the case of medical emergencies…. The stipulation likely to be most widely felt is what experts are calling an effective shutdown of medication abortions. These nonsurgical abortions are usually performed within the first nine weeks of pregnancy, and account for between 17 and 20 percent of all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-rights advocacy group. While women often take the pills at clinics and in their homes, the bill now mandates that a medical provider must have hospital privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place.
What was Ann Romney saying on my teevee yesterday? Something about how we need to respect the choices women make—something like that? Maybe Ann could give Jan a call.
European Court Of Human Rights Sees No Right To Marry For Gays
The Advocate reports:
There is no existing right to marriage for same-sex couples, according to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rightsin Strasbourg, France. The Daily Mailreports that the court decided in the case of Valerie Gas and Nathalie Dubois, who have been in a French civil union since 2002, that not allowing them to marry wasn’t discrimination. “The European Convention on Human Rights does not require member states’ governments to grant same-sex couples access to marriage,” the ruling said, according to the Mail. Gas and Dubois have been together since at least 1989 and legally barred from marrying in France. After DuBois gave birth to a child by using a sperm donor, Gas had tried to become the adoptive parent, but the French government wouldn’t allow it. The court ruled, according to AFP, that denying the adoption also wasn’t discriminatory because straight couples in civil unions wouldn’t be able to access that arrangement either. What has right-wing activists most excited, though, is the court’s assertion that any country that grants marriage equality is also requiring all churches to be open to same-sex couples. A church that refused to allow a same-sex wedding would be guilty of discrimination, it warned. Proponents of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom, for example, had argued that churches would be exempt from the law and wouldn’t have to perform weddings they didn’t approve of.
Dan Savage was glitter-bombed before his appearance at The Vogue theatre in Vancouver Jan 21, the third such action against the high-profile sex columnist and political commentator in recent months. A group of six activists, who named themselves The Homomilitia for the event, said they confronted Savage as he entered the theatre through a back-alley entrance. In an interview with Xtra after the confrontation, activist Fister Limp Wrist accused Savage of “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.” Activists handed audience members bright pink pamphlets outlining their accusations as they entered the theatre.
How did the usual “gay white male cisgender privilege” phrase not make it into that asinine statement? So disappointing. Savage told the audience: “If you have a disagreement with your allies, you discuss it. You don’t attack them.” Hello.
Wow. How far are this douchebags are willing to go to take his image down? Can’t believe these so called “Trans Activist” are keeping on this stupid effort to attack one of our most valuable Activists. Got a problem with him? Try to do a better job on fighting for our rights than him, bitches! Then, and only then you may have a point. Until then, save up all your glitter for our Real Enemies.
ALABAMA: AL Fan Arrested For Teabagging Assault On Unconscious Man
Last weekend, Brandon posted a sick video of a mob of Alabama fans taunting and harassing an unconscious LSU fan at a Krystal fast food restaurant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans following the game. The video, since removed from YouTube, showed the Alabama fan, now identified as Brian Downing, teabagging the unconscious fan’s face. Downing has now been arrested. Turns out he was the second cousin of the Russell County Sheriff, the Times Picayune reports: Detectives met Downing, 32, at his attorney’s office in Mid-City and then took him to Central Lock-Up, where he was booked with one count of sexual battery and one count of obscenity. Earlier in the day, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, who said he is a second cousin to Downing, said he personally spoke with the NOPD sex crimes detective handling the case about whether to arrest the man or send him to New Orleans for questioning. Although he’d heard about the video — which has created a firestorm on the Internet — for a couple days, Taylor said he watched it Thursday morning at the prompting of other people who suggested the University of Alabama fan was his relative. The man in the video indeed appeared to be Downing, he said.
There’s no fun in it if both ain’t liking it. This is so wrong on so many levels.
Christian Billboard Suggests Stalin Atrocities Were Due To His Atheism
The Friendly Atheist reports:
Larry Taunton is a Christian and the author of a book called The Grace Effect. A large chunk of the book focuses on how awful societies ruled under atheism are. Because apparently those exist… And that brings us to the promotional campaign for his book — a number of billboards in Birmingham, Alabama with a picture of Stalin and the words “Imagine no religion? So did he.” Wow… It takes cojones to do something that utterly ignorant. Taunton thinks that because Stalin was an atheist, he committed awful acts of genocide. That argument makes as much sense as saying his mustache was the cause of all the horrors. It’s also an argument that’s been refuted over and over and overagain. Stalin didn’t kill anyone in the name of atheism. There’s no “atheist doctrine” other than disbelief in any god. Stalin preached dogmatism in political ways, not anti-religious ones. He replaced god with himself. But, you know, admitting that would undermine the entire premise of Taunton’s book so he just ignored all those facts. Here’s the truth: People can be good or bad no matter what their religious views are. If someone tells you he’s a Christian, you know very little about how he treats other people. If someone tells you she’s an atheist, all you know is that she doesn’t believe in a god. You have to talk to them or listen to them to get a better sense of who they are as people. Does Taunton really believe we’d be better under Christian rule? We have had Christian presidents and an overwhelmingly Christian Congress for decades now and look at what we have to show for it: thousands of dead soldiers from unnecessary wars, GLBT people denied equal rights under the law, women unable to get safe abortions (or even birth control) in many parts of the country, etc. We need leaders who are willing to be criticized and who make decisions based on the evidence and not their religious (or dogmatic) beliefs. Stalin didn’t fall into either of those categories. And Taunton ought to be ashamed of himself for promoting a fully-debunked myth.
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