Pope says bigotry is a form of religious freedom.

So, again, the pope is an asshole.

He's now urging clergy in the UK and Wales to oppose an equality bill currently making it's way through Parliament. No, not just oppose - fight with "missionary zeal".

The Pope told the Catholic bishops of England and Wales gathered in Rome: "Your country is well-known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society. Yet, as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs. In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed."

That's right, kids! The pope is all for equality, as long as the rights of religious institutions are made paramount. Essentially, everyone IS equal...equally less important than the church and the religiously motivated bigotry the church stands for.

Senior parliamentary officer Jonathan Finney had it right when he said:

"People should not be denied access to services and employment purely because they are gay. We've got to guard against sweeping exemptions seeming to protect one person's freedom, which actually really impact on other people's. What you can't start doing is saying that religious people have hard-won freedoms, we'll now restrict those, we won't give them to gay people, we won't give them to women."

My question is this - does the pope really want to draw parallels between bigotry and religion? Personally, I don't think the bible requires any help in proving that religion promotes bigotry but I have to wonder what the hell the pope is thinking trying to thinly mask his opposition to this equality bill as some kind of crusade for religious rights.

No, guys, you can't force your religious beliefs on others by demanding that rules ought not to apply to you because you interpret your book to say that they shouldn't. Your archaic religious beliefs - masqueraded as 'rights' in this instance because it suits your purpose - do not trump the rights of everyone else.

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Comment by Michel-san on February 2, 2010 at 10:18am
I read that in the paper today. I still don't know what "the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded" is, the pope doesn't give any clues as to what that law is.

Ironic how it's the Catholic church that's so concerned over the sexual preferences of it's ranking members.

I hate this "give me special treatment because I believe in this" crap, it annoys me. I'm sure a homosexual who wants to be a priest firmly believes that he should be allowed to be one - what about his religious freedom? What if I believe I'm paying too much tax - I'm allowed to pay less?
Comment by Pinko Commie on February 2, 2010 at 10:27am
That's an issue I left pretty much unexplored when I wrote this up but a good one - what the fuck is the pope SAYING? These religious officials seem to only be capable of speaking generally and in a way that is entirely confusing.

I seem to require a pope translator, for I am not fluent in bullshit.
Comment by Michel-san on February 2, 2010 at 10:54am
Will the pope translator also translate the bible? ^^
Comment by Pinko Commie on February 2, 2010 at 11:01am
I thought the pope was the bible translator? Sir, I feel your call to eliminate the need for the pope is a form of Religious Discrimination! I defy you to explain this atrocious attack against the equality of all beings as laid out by a natural law for which you obviously have misplaced misunderstandings! Thundercats, ho and saints be praised - west west side yo.
Comment by Pinko Commie on February 2, 2010 at 11:26am
My favorite:

Comment by a7 on February 3, 2010 at 6:30am

the UK secular society has a petition up and running, Its about the cost of the nazi popes visit. It is costing the UK govedrment £20 million. ffs

please sign, if if your not from this fine island.

keep safe



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