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2/22/2005

The Pope drops a clanger....

In one section about the role of lawmakers, the Pope takes another swipe at gay marriages when he refers to "pressures" on the European Parliament to allow them.

"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man," he writes.
reuters
Couched in the semi-hypothetical as this statement from JPII's new book is,there is no doubt that it will be seized on as the words of a "wise man". Anything a Pope says has to be taken seriously no matter how silly the substance may be simply because the Pope can be so influential.

So, is gay marriage "part of a new ideology of evil"? Per the Pontiff's instructions I asked myself this question...

Nope. On close inspection, gay marriage is nothing more than the extension of a right to be treated equally before the law to a group of citizens who are not being treated equally now.

Is SSM "pit(ting) human rights against the family and against man"?

Nope. Recognizing rights one person has in no way diminishes the rights of another.

Of course one might well wonder at the moral authority of a man who presumes that people who disagree with his position are part of an "insidious and hidden" ideology. After all, if anyone else said that we'd politely suggest they were just a touch paranoid.

Ah well.