Vilification and vile views
From Pink News:
Vatican diplomat Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (who bizarrely sits on the UN: please can we stop pretending that this tinpot ‘state’ is a real country?), thinks that
homophobic bigots people oppsed to same-sex marriage are being ‘vilified’ for their views:
“People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex. When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature … they are stigmatised and worse – they are vilified, and prosecuted,” Archbishop Tomasi said.
Nope. Wrong. To begin with, if you don’t want people to hate your beliefs, then maybe you should not have such hateful beliefs. But more importantly, I don’t care what people believe in their own minds, or preach in their own churches. The problem comes in when religious leaders try to use the state law to enforce their beliefs on everyone else, including people who are not even members of their religion.
Your religion tells you gay marriage is a sin? Fine, don’t get married to a gay person then. But you don’t have the right to tell others not to do so. Churches can refuse to perform gay marriages, but civil registry offices are not run by the Vatican, so back off.
It is not vilification or persecution to be told you cannot vilify and persecute others in the name of your beliefs, beliefs which have no evidential basis in reality and which only apply within a religious context. Of course, you can express your ideas (free speech and all) but others are also free to disagree with them and call you out on them when you’re being a bigot.
Religion does not have a sacred, unquestionable place to dictate to everyone else of all faiths and none how to live their lives. This isn’t the dark ages any more. Get used to it.