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I have read an article or two suggesting that homosexuality does exist not in the natural world, and is therefore not natural. While some animals engage in homosexual behaviour, so the argument goes,  animals are not homosexual, therefore homosexuality (as we understand it) is not natural, is solely a human phenomenon, and is rightly subject to all the prohibitions and sanctions it receives.

If the argument is that an activity or a lifestyle that is not recognised in the animal world is not natural, then I have a question…

Has anyone ever seen an animal practising religion?

Animals do not practise religion… taking the previous argument to its logical conclusion… If animals do not practise religion – religion (as it is understood) can not be natural.

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The greatest threat to the longevity of the human species on planet Earth is not in the granting of equal rights to homosexuals, or in the legal recognition of any kind of human relationship. It is not even how we perceive gender roles to be now or in the future. The greatest threat to the longevity of the human species on a planet with dwindling resources, increasing pollution, and human induced climate change, is unfettered human breeding.

I am not calling for, nor would I endorse, a program of population reduction, or of the goal of zero population growth. I only wish to point out the fallacy in the words of the Pope – someone who is a supporter of unfettered procreation; for it appears he sees the sole purpose of human coupling is procreation, something he encourages at any and every opportunity.

I don’t think people need encouragement to reproduce, they will do it as they will… Granting same sex couples equal rights and dignity will not effect the birth-rate one jot.

The Pope said that The tropical rain forests deserve our protection, this is true, but it is the very thing he is arguing for that is the greatest threat to the rainforests and other wilderness areas around the world. Homosexuality is one of the things least threatening to the longevity of the species; simple mathematics will bare this out.

As the world’s population approaches 7 billion, let use you that number to base things on.

Depending on who you believe, anything from one to ten percent of the population is exclusively homosexual. If you discount the Kinsey report’s 10% mark, and give a conservative estimate, then maybe about 3% of the population is exclusively homosexual. Add to those, those who are bisexual, transsexual, and all manner of people who are not exclusively heterosexual, and for arguments sake, let us assume that 90% of the population at any one time is exclusively heterosexual, and largely capable of reproducing.

Seven billion people, 90% equates to 6,300 million people, 10% equates to 700 million people, think about that… if only one percent of the population that is exclusively homosexual, then there is about 70 million gays in the world right now. World population is anticipated to pass 9 billion soon after the year 2050 (in just over 40 years time).

Homosexuality a threat to human ecology? or is unrestrained heterosexuality and the resulting reproduction the greater threat?

(stats from wikipedia)

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This drag show has been going for centuries

What is the difference between a Catholic Priest and a Drag Queen?

LIPSTICK

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Apologists for the pope are beginning to raise their heads above their oft attacked parapet, claiming that the Pope was misquoted or mis-interpreted or translated.

This argument may on one hand be seen as disingenuous to media outlets who regularly cover the Pope and the Vatican; but on the other hand this argument undercuts the evengelical claim that the bible is the inerrent and infallible word of God.

If people cannot agree on what was said (and meant) in one language less than a week ago, how can we agree on what was said (and meant) up to 3000 years ago in a variety of ancient languages.

In what language did the Pope deliver his speech to the Curia? Was it in Latin, was it in Italian? In both cases whatever the Pope said had to be translated into English and interpreted as to its meaning. Words from one language may not have its exactly meaning counterpart in another, therefore what was meant in one language may have a different meaning after translation into another.

If the speech was delivered in Italian, then a contemporary language needed to be translated into another contemporary language, interpreted as to its meaning, taking into account political and social nuances of the time and publish it. I do not doubt that media commentators who cover the Vatican are aware of the languages used, what words mean, and what the underlying thrust of what is said.

One speech delivered about a week ago, having two translations, resulting in at least two interpretations.

What does that say about a book, some of it written as far back as 3000 years ago, in several ancient languages like Hebrew, Aramaic, Ancient Greek, and Latin, translated and re-translated into language after language through the centuries, given political interpretation after political interpretation through those same centuries, for it to arrive in our time in its various versions… the Bible!!

The inerrant and infallible word of God??

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In the history of blindly bigoted anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-different utterances that that have spewed forth from the mouths of a number of Roman Catholic Pontiffs, the most recent one is nothing short of breathtaking

Pope Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

In a world where there is war, famine, genocide, massive corruption, a global economic collapse, epidemics of disease, and serious climate change, one of the world’s religious leaders sees a greater threat to mankind than any or all of these catastrophes… homosexuals and transsexuals…

The pope has named the latest scapegoats for the world’s ills. This pope, a former member of the Hitler Youth and Wehrmacht, under a regime that had its own scapegoats for its ills – the Jews… It seems that the world needs scapegoats – Is it incapable for taking responsibility for it own ills? Is the world capable of letting people live and love as they deem as their truth? Is the catholic hierarchy able to live by the words of he who they claim as their savior – <I>Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.</I>

The Pope is CEO of an organisation that oversaw the crusades, the Roman and Spanish Inquisitions, the retarding of scientific progress, and in recent times has been complicit in the systemic abuse of children and in both the covering up of the abuses and of defending abusers.

As far as rainforest destruction is concerned, the destruction of the largest rainforest in the world (the Amazon) is occuring in one of the biggest catholic countries in the world (Brazil).

The very idea that anyone gives this man, let alone the organization he leads, any moral authority on such a topic is, to me, uttely astounding.

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Religious conservatives will tell you the the Bible is the unerring and unchanging word of God; But some words (or even languages) have not been around all that long. The evangelical may point to some passages in the Bible and claim that it condemns homosexuality, it even does so by name in Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians. This was apparently written in the century after the death of Jesus.

The word ‘homosexuality’ was not invented until 140 years ago yesterday, and first appeared in the Bible in 1946…. the unerring and unchanging word of God?

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