Monthly Archives: July 2013

After trip to Brazil, Pope realizes that gays are people

Pope Bergoglio in RioPope Bergoglio said on Monday something that was completely revolutionary to hear in the year 2013 – that gay people should not be marginalized from society. This came as a shock to nearly everyone.

Bergoglio went on to say that he would not judge gay people, and that he respects their efforts to avoid the sinful, morally wrong way in which they express romantic love for one another.

In his interview, the Pope compared gay lobbies to the “lobbies of greedy people,” and said that such groups were problematic. “We can’t have people working together to effect legislation that would better preserve their rights as human beings,” he said. When asked if he thought it was hypocritical that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops spent $26.67 million on lobbying in 2009, the Pope replied “Uh… no.”

Bergoglio then spoke with reporters about some old issues in the church. “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more,” he said. “But of course women can never be priests, because that would just be silly.”

One attendee at the Pope’s rally, Marianna Vericiano, asked reporters, “If the Catholic Church cares about people so much and has so much influence, shouldn’t they use their speaking time to tell people to fight poverty, or adopt clean energy, or use condoms, or fight for women’s education in third world countries? And is the bar really set so low that we cheer whenever the Pope says something marginally positive about gay people?”

No one else at the rally had any idea what she was talking about.

 

Image source: Tânia Rêgo/ABr (Agência Brasil)CC-BY-3.0-br

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Missoula’s new anti-sexual assault ads

Anti-rape poster

She was on her own, so I made my move… and told the guys hassling her to back off. They were really crossing the line.

These are some excellent anti-sexual assault posters from Missoula, Montana. They not only discourage assault, but encourage bystanders to help out others who look like they might be in trouble.

We have good reason to believe that ads like this are effective, even when the ads are directed at the rapists themselves. A Canadian campaign similar to this one seems to have decreased the rate of sexual assault in Vancouver by 10 percent. This isn’t surprising, given what activists are always saying about rape – it’s supported by culture. If it weren’t, then changing the culture wouldn’t have any effect on the incidence of rape. That it does shows that rape is not some biological inevitability, but a social issue we can do something about.

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