The Pope has made even more statements recently showing how out of touch he is with reality.  In criticising Britain’s decision to reform its human rights and equality legislation, in particular believing that saying employers should be allowed to discriminate against homosexuals, staying:

Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society. 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.

Let’s see how that sounds if we turn that around shall we?   Should someone who believes that Catholics (or even Christians in general) are not God’s chosen people be able to discriminate on the basis of their beliefs (ie not hire Christians)?   The Pope has it wrong here. This isn’t about reducing any religious freedom – that’s a protected right (in fact one of those protected by the same legislation!) but this is about saying if you want to participate in society we ALL play by the same rules, and regardless of our individual beliefs we agree that one can not discriminate on the grounds of religious belief, sexuality, gender, age, etc.  The pope would be the first to condemn legislation that allowed Christians to be discriminated against – so he’s also a hypocrite!

Besides, even if one accepts that somehow being gay is in anyway bad (and I far from accept that), so what?  Does this mean that anyone that sins can not be employed by Catholics?  So if someone had pre-marital sex, will they be excluded?  What if they didn’t pay a parking fine? What if they didn’t go to church last Sunday?  Where does it stop?  I do remember a certain guy 2000 or so years ago saying something about this.

To me this is about a Pope (and a church) out of touch with the people, making up rules that are inconsistent with God’s wishes (if one believes in the God the Catholic church says exists, I am 100% sure he wouldn’t agree with what they say or do a lot of the time).

Black and White Version: The Pope is out of touch, and hypocritical.

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