In his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff, Pope Benedict XVI, head of the 1.13 billion person-strong Catholic Church,has warned of the dangers of "gender theory," saying it threatens humanity's existence and equating its potential destructive power to that of the disappearing rain forests.
POPE Benedict XVI has denounced gender theory, warning that it blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race.
When the Roman Catholic Church defends God's Creation, "it does not only defend the earth, water and the air ... but (it) also protects man from his own destruction'', the Pope said in his end-of-year speech to the Vatican hierarchy today.
Gender theory, which originated in the United States, explores sexual orientation, the roles assigned by society to individuals according to their gender and how people perceive their biological identity.
The Catholic Church has repeatedly spoken out against gender theory, which gay and transgender advocacy groups promote as a key to understanding and tolerance.
"If tropical forests deserve our protection, humankind ... deserves it no less,'' the 81-year-old pontiff said, calling for "an ecology of the human being''.
Wow. After reading that, I felt very powerful--for all of about 10 seconds. Then I remembered: it's LGBTQ folks who are being viciously murdered with shocking regularity in streets and alleyways throughout the world. It's LGBTQ folks who face the death penalty in Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, U.A.E., Sudan, Afghanistan, and parts of Nigeria, and life in prison in Uganda, India, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Singapore (and several other countries).
These deplorable measures against LGBTQ people are the direct result of the ignorant, bigoted, and hostile statements made by this pope and other very powerful religious leaders throughout the world who understand that Feminism and Gender Studies undermine their patriarchal authority and the stranglehold that their backward-looking religions hold on humanity.
So, yes, we definitely threaten the ongoing survival of their insular, reactionary, and patriarchal worlds.
On the other hand, LGBTQ folks and the Gender Theory that underlies our movement open the door to a better, more egalitarian, socially just ,and environmentally sustainable world for the rest of humanity.
And one more thing. Am I the only person who sees the irony that the leader of the largest Christian church in the world that stands militantly against birth-control and a woman's right to choose--even as the human population nears 7 billion, straining the limits of the Earth's carrying capacity--accuses the LGBT community of threatening humanity's survival?!
Puhleese. The pope really needs a reality check.