Alex Blaze

The Pope is very sensitive

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 28, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

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After all that the Church has done for/to the world, I'm still amazed that it's off-limits to say anything that could be interpreted as an insult to Catholicism in Europe. Take, for example, how Facebook banned a group organizing a kiss-in for the Pope's visit to Barcelona:

kiss-in.jpgA group on Facebook, Queer Kissing Flashmob, which managed to get 12,000 users to agree to go along on November 7 and display their love in public, has been shut down by Facebook, claim the organisers.

This has added more fuel to the fire, and one of the organisers, Marylène Carole, expressed her 'disbelief' that a couple kissing in public could be considered 'outrageous' in this day and age.

"It's difficult to understand how the noble and loving act of kissing your partner can still be defined as 'revolutionary' in the 21st century," she commented.

"It appears to be a form of censorship - and yet it was only started by a group of friends who have no connections to any political group or any kind of gay association."

Of course it's censorship. We queers celebrate censorship when it works in our favor and then decry it when it works against us, but it still is what it is and the point is that they considered disagreeing with the Pope too hot for their site. His statements about gay people, on the other hand, are perfectly OK because they're his deeply-held religious beliefs and no one can question them.

At least the kiss-in is still on.

In the UK, an ad got pulled because the government said it insulted the Catholic Church:

priests-kissing.jpg

Defending the advert, the company said it did not mock Catholicism but ''reflected the grave troubles they considered affected the Catholic Church''.

Antonio Federici was a Catholic company, but would continue to produce advertising that challenged the Catholic Church while it believed it remained troubled, it added.

Upholding six complaints about the ad, the ASA noted the ad used the text ''We Believe in Salivation'' in reference to the taste of the product and to the image of the priests.

The ASA said: ''We considered the portrayal of the two priests in a sexualised manner was likely to be interpreted as mocking the beliefs of Roman Catholics and was therefore likely to cause serious offence to some readers.''

It ruled that the ad must not appear again and told Antonio Federici to ensure future ads were not likely to cause serious or widespread offence.

Um, there's plenty of "sexualised manners" in the priesthood and there have been for centuries. There's nothing wrong with priests having sex lives and bringing it up isn't mocking Catholic belief (although I agree that some would interpret it that way), it's just pointing out reality.

Anyway, the message is clear: offending Christian homophobic sensibilities is off-limits because their homophobia is more respected than other people's sexuality. What happens when countries decide people have a right not to be offended is conservatives find a way to use that generally well-intentioned impulse to their own benefit. Americans should pay attention.


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Over 200 years ago the French Revolution decriminalized witchcraft, sodomy and blasphemy. Some folk never got the message...

They were afraid Ratzi would get himself a boner from seeing the kiss-in pix. :->

That old fart?! ... This pic, plus a handful of Viagra's, maybe ...

(While he's at it, hand him a bottle of poppers ... and say a prayer for things to turn out for the best.)

They react that way because they know that they have the vast majority of the population against them. Western Europe is pretty secular for the most part and few people take religion very seriously. Except for older people, most who attend church do it more for the community and the ceremonies than an honest, deep belief in god. And they are very critical of church authorities, especially the Catholic Church.

So this is a real and somewhat justified siege mentality. The believers will do anything to retain their hold on the few sheeple they have left.

Paige Listerud | October 28, 2010 1:23 PM

Personally, once I came out, I could never see what was so shocking about clergy having sex together, no matter what the gender. You've got people in the faith who feel very deeply about spiritual matters--of course, some of them will be attracted to each other. Sexuality and spirituality are very close together in the human heart--any artificial separation of the two by religious dogma is yet another binary forced on us by a patriarchal, sex-phobic culture.

As far as the FB page goes, I was able to get to it from my US based computer. See below.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171310932880986

I guess the brought it back, because the linked article said they were up to 12,000 people going, and this page only has 5.

But it's okay to have a Nazi pope? Maybe the Kiss-In won't give him a hard-on, but apoplexy. LOL. And cathoicism is not the formal, state-mandated religion of the UK, is it? Then, why worry about offending the leader of a church that has no problem hiding its priests from the authorities when they've been accused of sexually molesting children? Just asking.

It makes me wish I was in Barcelona so I could join the kiss-in. ESPECIALLY since Facebook banned it.

Me, too, Bil ... where is Frank N. Furter's transport beam when you really need it?