I almost entitled this blog post fuck the pope. Those were the words that ran through my mind as I read this.
Pope Benedict said Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
The Church "should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed," the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican's central administration.
"The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."
The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound."
The pope said humanity needed to "listen to the language of creation" to understand the intended roles of man and woman. He compared behavior beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work."
He also defended the Church's right to "speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected."
The world is coming to an end because of how people choose to love and what gender they identify with. What utter nonsense. He conveniently forgets to mention things like poverty, illegal arms sales, systemic rape of women, child abuse (probably didn't want to bring that one up), disease, pestilence and war.
His holy asshole wants us to focus on what people do with their genitals. Even if somehow you could magically "convert" every single gay, lesbian and transgender person living on the planet to straight, cisgendered people the above mentioned issues would still exist. Those are the real issues humanity is dealing with. Those are the real crimes. Loving someone of the same sex is a manifestation of the best part of us. Anytime one human being can love another there is just a little bit more hope in the world because another has managed to move beyond their baser instincts to truly bond with someone else. No matter what form love takes, it is beautiful.
If God is love, how could a man of God preach that any kind of love is some form of depravity? He is using religion to cloak his own intolerance and hatred. Pope or no pope, he is not more aware of the intention of God/Goddess than any other mortal. God/Goddess does not make mistakes, and s/he created transgender people and gays and lesbians, who is anyone to diminish them.
Before the Catholic Church points fingers at anyone and declares them an abomination, it should examine its own history and the ways in which it has committed crimes against humanity and the word of God it claims to adhere to. Nothing pisses me off like a religious bigot. They continually twist the message in the books that they claim to live by picking out what will apply to others and not themselves. So seriously, fuck the pope and his hate filled message.