In a letter to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, many of whom are currently in Rome on an "ad limina" visit, Pope Benedict publicly criticised Britain's equality legislation for the first time.Because Jesus would TOTALLY discriminate.
"Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society," he wrote. "Yet as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.
"In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed." ....
In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free.
...The Pope's comments were a clear assault on the Equality Bill, which consolidates the past 40 years of equality legislation and aims to expand rules stopping employers from discriminating against gay employees because of their sexuality. Churches and religious organisations are currently exempt from the legislation, an exemption the Pope believes his bishops must make sure they maintain.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Pope attacks UK equality laws
Religious leaders in the UK vigorously oppose a non-discrimination law that protects GLBT people. (Because you just KNOW Jesus would discriminate in hiring homos.) The Pope weighs in. The British are pissed off.Choice comments highlighted: