by Leah Waldron
This week in the world of creative gay bashing, both Paul Ryan and Pope Benedict XVI implied that gays are not human. Perhaps tired of the bestiality and pedophilia epithets, these two men have given new meaning to the word “desperation”–a human trait that even a sub-human gay (like myself) can understand.
Speaking to French Bishops on Sept. 21 (France is in the midst of gay marriage legislation), the Pope said that “Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself.” And how do we stop the implosion of society that would occur if gays were permitted to enter into civil marriage? By“promot[ing] those values that permit the full development of the human person.” (emphasis mine).
This is not the first time the Pope has brought up the word “human” in reference to gays. Earlier this year, the highest-ranking Catholic in the world said that gay marriage would “threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”
Nice. If I understand correctly, passing gay marriage will not only anger an almighty God (and the less-mighty Pope), but disrupt the “development of the human person” while “threatening human dignity” and, lest we forget, destroying the “future of humanity.” Sounds like the gay agenda to me. (Movie sound track voice: “We came for the marriage, but we left with the souls of a billion human conquests. It’s… Pride Week”).
But the Pope was not alone in his “gays are not human” diatribe. Just this week, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who could become the second-most powerful man in the free world this November (talk about bone-chilling), said that gay marriage is in opposition to “universal human values:”
“The things you talk about, like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship, these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person, or race, or creed, or color. These are American values. These are universal human values.”
Ergo: gay marriage goes against universal human values. I guess it wasn’t enough to say that gay marriage will lead to people marrying their pets, or, as Rick Santorum has said, that gay people practice bestiality. All of that sounds a lot better than this new anti-human implication, which implies that we ARE the animals.
The Pope and Paul Ryan know that they are losing the war against gay civil rights, and this language is just another last-ditch attempt to win over a few Catholics (or Republicans) before the next ballot is cast. But this kind of hyperbolic, hate mongering (not to mention hypocritical… plenty of alter boys had their human dignity threatened by the Catholic Church) speech has a trickle-down affect not only on the future of gay civil rights, but on the treatment of gay people, in general. When a child hears that gays are less than human (or, even worse, NOT part of the human race, as some people will glean from the Pope and Ryan’s quote), it sends a message that homosexuals should be treated without the respect afforded to humans. Sound familiar?
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