Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer
Some folks already beat us to the punch.
Right quick, though: Let me fill you in on some quick facts about the new guy. He’s from Argentina and his real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Now that he’s Pope, he wants you to call him Pope Francis … you know, after Saint Francis, the loving patron saint of animals, the environment, and “keeping it real” by shirking luxurious things and living humbly and simply in the wonderment of nature.
Sounds lovely enough, right? I think so, anyway.
Back at home in Argentina, though, LGBT citizens have a differing view on what appears to be a peaceful and harmonious new Pope. LGBT Argentinians recall a man who tried his hardest to lead a holy war against gay people, one who would fervently write to legislators and bash our community for trying to wreck the natural law of love and life.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a real Saint Francis, indeed.
So what exactly did he say? Let’s just have a quick look at some of the stuff he’s said in the past concerning us gays. That should give us a pretty good idea where he stands on the matters of LGBT rights. Here we go:
“[Letting gay people wed is] a destructive attack on God’s plan.” (Is that so? Which passage in The Bible is that from? Get back to me when you get a chance.)
“[Giving same-sex couples the opportunity to marry and adopt children] will seriously damage the family.” (You got some real evidence of that or did NOM hack your teleprompter?)
In his letter to legislators of Argentina, who were in the process of deciding on gay marriage rights, he wrote:
“At stake are the lives of many children who will be deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother willed by God. It is a move of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” (That actually comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which tells us that the father of lies is Satan. Really? Our plans for equality are Satanic? Well tell us what you really think, Pope.)
“This war is not yours, but God’s. Defend us, then, in this war of God.” (Them’s fightin’ words! But you knew that, didn’t you, St. Francis of Harmony?)
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ANYWAY … with the way things are movin’ and shakin’ lately, the new Pope could “evolve” on the topic of gay rights.
Until then, we’ll just hold out for SCOTUS’ gavel to drop in (hopefully) June that’ll decide whether we’re actual human beings with equal protection under the law here in America.
Let me leave you with this:
“There are seven things that are an abomination to God: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” - Proverbs 6:16 – 6:19
(So stop doing that to your gay brethren, Pope Francis. It’s just not holy.)