Saltillo Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez made a startling comment recently on Terra Mexico. He called homophobia a mental illness. Bishop Vera, as he is known, subscribes to the notion that homosexuality occurs due to hormonal imbalances in the uterus and in general, but that did not stop him from speaking out forcefully against religious based homophobia and calling homophobes the perverse ones.
In discussing a mother who is worried about her son hanging out with “degenerate gays”, Bishop Vera stated :
One mother came to me and said that she was being watchful of her son because he was hanging out with “those degenerate gays” and I said “so blame yourself for it because that’s the way your son developed in your womb and he didn’t develop into a degenerate or a perverse person. He was born with a certain constitution you are trying to ignore. Calm down, you are the mother of that child and he began to be who he now is inside your womb. So the first one I’d kick out would be you because you are the perverse one who is first in line.” That’s what I said.
Regarding homophobes in general, Bishop Vera stated “Why would I immediately think a gay or lesbian person is perverse or depraved the moment they approach me? That’s how people who are homophobic react. It’s a mental illness in which you see gays as depraved and promiscuous. You have to be sick in the head for that.:
Bishop Vera was also clear with the reporter that people should stop attacking gays with the Bible. He noted that they need to read the passages that they are using with an eye to historical context because the Bible does not condemn homosexuality.
In the past, Vera has gotten heat for his refusal to shy away from human rights works. He has, in the past, also backed civil unions for same-sex couples.
It should be noted that homophobia is not a mental illness, but a prejudice.
ChurchMilitantTV’s Michael Voris was kind enough to link to our site about this. I have responded to his little video here.