In case you missed the story, Pope Benedict made headlines this week by doing what it is popes do best – putting the irrational fear of God into his followers.
The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”
“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.
Of all the things which could actually bring an end to human existence (e.g. nuclear war, global warming, a Rick Perry presidency), the Pope picks on same-sex marriage. It’s right out of a Rick Santorum stump speech. Scary stuff but how exactly would same-sex marriage end life as we know it?
Jimmy Kimmel to the rescue.
I find it pathetically ironic that one could always count on religion to spread a little more hate and bigotry around. How nice if religion truly was a place where tolerance and love found refuge, safe from a world where intolerance and hate is gaining ground. But, not so. As demonstrated by Pope Benedict’s words, religion has been and still is a major player in sowing the seeds of bigotry.