8 July 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The Vatican is throwing a fit over the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part of human rights saying that it is part of an agenda that could restrict the Church’s freedom. Achbishop Silvano Tomasi, who heads the Vatican’s Permanent Mission to the UN iin Geneva, told CNA “The resolution marks a change. It is seen as the beginning of a movement within the international community and the United Nations to insert gay rights in the global human rights agenda.”
Of course, any complaint by the Vatican is nothing to be concerned about with regards to the workings of the United Nations since the Vatican is one of the nations that is not a member of the UN. The only thing that the Vatican do is complain about the push to include LGBT rights within the umbrella of human rights. They recently passed a resolution that stressed sexual orientation and gender identity rights as human rights.
Archbishop Tomasi called the resolution as “a beginning of an international norm that will take hold gradually,” and “if norms are established, what provisions will be made for freedom of expression on the part of religious leaders?”
He spoke of a “genuine concern” that natural marriages and families “will be socially downgraded with the eventual legislation that puts homosexual “marriage” and the marriage between a man and a woman” on the same level. The Vatican representative also said marriage could be threatened by related measures that would mandate homosexual adoptions and introduce “compulsory sex education at school that clashes with Christian values.”
The Vatican is steadily losing ground to a far more inclusive view of the world. Many people are abandoning religion because it constantly tries to impose a view of the world which is now inconsistent with the knowledge garnered by humans over the last five centuries. In fact, many of the Vatican’s views are inconsistent with reality and were imposed and justified by those who benefitted by gaining power over other people.
Indeed, once people become educated, which is another basic human right, they begin to question religious teachings, and often drift away from them.
The resolution, which was hailed by Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton condemns acts of violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals. Archbishop Tomasi had to reiterate that the Vatican does not support violence against those who “engage in homosexual behavior”, nor do they support any ‘attempt by the state to punish an individual simply because of “feelings and thoughts”, he continues to maintain that LGBT people do not deserve equality, thus setting up the ability for groups and individuals to justify violence against LGBT people.
He went on to say, according to the news article:
“I think that violence against homosexual persons is not acceptable and it should be rejected, even though this does not imply an endorsement of their behavior.”
“The terms ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ are not defined in international law,” he noted. “To the extent that they are not external behavior, but feelings and thoughts, they cannot be subjected to punitive laws.”
But “for some people,” he pointed out, “these words are a code phrase for types of conduct.”
Never mind the fact that there are genetic and physical components to that “behavior”, and it is not a choice which is something that one cannot say about religion. Tomasi also compared homosexuality to incest, pedophilia and rape by noting that all societies regulate some sexual practices like those for the common good. What he forgot is that incest has the strong potential of producing unhealthy offspring and often damages the gene pool, especially in small numbers of individuals, pedophilia and rape both involve non-consensual sex as a child is not able to adequately agree to the sexual act and in rape it is flat out forced. True homosexual sex is between two consenting adults of the same-sex.
DFWCatholic.org went on to say:
“There is confusion in some people’s mind,” he noted, “in combining a just respect and protection for every person – including homosexuals – and support for the indispensable role of the family, the parents right to educate their children, the support of the natural family for the common good.”
While the secular West may find this ethos increasingly incomprehensible, the Church will continues to promote it. “The teaching of the Church is not conditioned by political consensus,” the archbishop noted. “At times she is misunderstood and even becomes the target of reprisals and persecution.”
“Reason and natural law, however, support faith-inspired positions,” he stated, “and the convergence of faith and reason is exceptionally fruitful for the progress and well-being of the human family.”
It is always been amazing how religious groups try to coopt and take over the notions of ‘reason’ and ‘natural law’ when, in reality, there is nothing more antithetical to reason that believing in some bearded man in the sky dictating how the world will work, and as for ‘natural law’, nature is rife with animals who exhibit behaviors consistent with same-sex attraction and even transsexual identities.
What this comes down to is the erosion of patriarchal belief systems that the Vatican is desperate to hold on to and keep perpetuating. In reality, the Vatican is whining because they are losing out on their power, which is all they are worried about. This is why they have behaved as if the priest child sexual abuse scandal was just going to go away if ignored. It threatened their power, and they just wanted it to disappear.