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Pope is Queen of Homophobia

Benedict XVI ridiculed over anti-gay hate language


July 04, 2006

Peter Tatchell mocks the Pope's homophobia at EuroPride, London - Photo: Andy Harley, UK Gay News
LONDON — Papal homophobia was mocked by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell at Saturday's Euro-Pride parade in London.

Tatchell marched with a placard depicting the Pope as a drag queen, with the caption: "Pope 'Betty' Benedict XVI . Queen of Homophobia."

"The Pope talks like a gay man, walks like a gay man and dresses like a gay man. Some people might conclude he is a gay man," said Peter Tatchell of the LGBT rights group, OutRage!

"If the Pope is gay, his hypocrisy is breath-taking. Why is he constantly bashing the gay community if he is gay? Is he using homophobia to deflect rumours about his own sexuality?.

"Benedict XVI has previously authorised Vatican statements condemning gay love as a 'grave depravity,' 'debased', 'a tendency towards an intrinsic moral evil,' 'objectively disordered' and 'contrary to natural law.'"

"The Pope has attacked gay marriages as 'evil' and vilified supporters of gay equality as 'gravely immoral'. He also denounced homosexual equality as a 'deviant trend' and condemned same-sex relationships as being 'without any social value.'

"Although he claims to have been a unwilling participant in the Hitler Youth, the Pope's anti-gay tirades echo the homophobic hate language of Nazism.

"The Pope has defended discriminatory anti-gay laws, such as bans on same-sex marriage and on the fostering of children by gay couples.

"The Vatican has helped block several UN votes which would have condemned homophobic discrimination and the imprisonment, torture, murder of gay people", said Mr Tatchell. – Issued by Outrage!


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