Sunday, January 15, 2012
Posted by Youtube user: fraserdldavidson
Earlier this week, every one's favorite pointy-hatted pontiff decided to share a little of his organization's trademark brand of ignorance and bigotry with the world. I don't want to give his statements too much time, since he does already have the world stage at his disposal, and really it's all just more of the usual tired crap. I'm speaking of course of the pope, his most recent statements on gay marriage, and the obligatory warnings of the fiery-doom the growing acceptance of said practice will no doubt unleash upon the world- we all know the song by now. But just for fun, here are the highlights from the holy one's speech:
"pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman." - "This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,"-and- "The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,"
Not mentioned in Ratz's speech as being of any particular threat to humanity's future, "social cohesion", or even basic human decency: The continued spread of AIDS through impoverished nations (thanks in part to the chruch's continuing refusal to allow followers to use of condoms), the endless waging of wars in the name of invisible tyrants, or the idea that 1.3 billion people might take moral advice from an organization that knowingly shields pedophiles from prosecution. But hey, if you're gonna save the world, you gotta start somewhere right? And tackling that whole harboring pedophiles thing would be really embarrassing for the church, and we can't have that now can we?
The reality is, as anyone whose taken so much a second to rationally consider the issue knows, that the idea of gay marriage somehow undermining the sanctity of "traditional marriage, much less the future of humanity- is nonsense. As is the myth of the "Traditional family unit". Because as many of us well know first hand, what defines a family changes over time along with the changing values of the individuals within said family, and the society in which that family lives. And in the end, that's what this is really all about. It's not about saving humanity or even hating gay people. What the pope, his cronies, and the rest of the family values crowd are really doing whenever they start crowing about anything, is trying to preserve the authority of a belief system that was conceived of over two millenia ago. A system that has long since outlived it's relevance, and is now rightfully being slowly thrown away as humanity continues to progress and leave it's, backwards, idiotic ideals, and outdated sense of morality behind. And that's the only real danger to humanity here, the fact that were not throwing religion away fast enough.