It’s a familiar scenario and one which has played out ad nauseam for a long time. It polarises opinion like few other topics and there just isn’t any common ground. In fact, the gulf has widened to become a chasm.
That is pretty much the only conclusion to be drawn from Pope Benedict’s recent ramblings about all things gay marriage.
In his Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy on Saturday, Pope Benedict decided not to celebrate what the Festive Season should mean to Roman Catholics – peace, love, family, togetherness, oh, and the birth of the religion’s deity – but instead chose to rail, again, against gay marriage by saying it was destroying the very “essence of the human creature.”
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Did you know that your choice of milk brand could be turning your child gay, or worse, into less of a homophobe?
In Russia, Vesyoly Molochnik milk has been slammed by anti-gay groups for surreptitiously promoting and supporting homosexuality to the nation’s young. Apparently having packaging featuring a jolly farmer and a cow standing in front of a rainbow is enough to violate St Petersburg’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Good thing this didn’t happen in Australia, or else Senator Cory Bernadi would be stamping his own strange take on the whole situation. Again.
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Dear Mr Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby,
I think I know why so many gay men commit suicide.
Maybe part of the problem is it’s both deeply embarrassing and hard to articulate what it’s like to be the victim of homophobic abuse to someone who has never experienced it. According to the Suicide Prevention Australia, 200 gay teenagers commit suicide each year, that’s about one in every two days.
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Well, you’ve got to hand it to the AFL today, even if it’s taken them about 10 years to say publicly that it’s not OK to slur gay blokes.
They’ve done the respect for women thing and the respect for indigenous players thing and the drink driving thing and the don’t do drugs thing – or at least the don’t do drugs more than two times unless your name is Ben Cousins thing.
Now, finally, just weeks after St Kilda’s Stephen Milne used a homophobic slur against Collingwood player Harry O’Brien, Andrew Demetriou has put his weight behind a campaign called “No to Homophobia”.
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Progressive Christianity is alive and well. It hasn’t yet got much of a toe-hold in the Australian imagination. But it will. Why? Because the old language of dogma doesn’t speak to people anymore.
Spiritual needs have changed, the church hasn’t, and people have voted with their feet.
I wrote Being Gay Being Christian to say that the Christian church’s traditional teachings on gay sexuality are wrong, harmful and unjust. I also wrote it to encourage gay people of faith that their sexuality does not preclude them from having a faith in God.
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Is it playing up to stereotypes to put Bruno’s failure at the Australian box office down to the same more-than-lingering homophobia that doomed it in the US?
The numbers would suggest so, with ticket sales in both countries following the depressing downward curve set aside for movies that cop a flat ‘don’t see it’ around the watercooler.
The mockumentary opened here July 9 and is largely concerned with putting its title character, a flamboyantly gay Austrian TV presenter, in play opposite unsuspecting rednecks in order to get audiences laughing and/or squirming at flamboyantly gay behaviour.
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