Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Vatican Opposed to United Nations Resolution That Would Protect LGBT’s from Death

The Vatican Opposed to United Nations Resolution That Would Protect LGBT’s from Death

The Catholic Church teachings say that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.

But in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity and a wound."

Now this week the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, said the Holy See would oppose a resolution that would protect gays from being killed, just because they are gay because it would "add new categories of those protected from discrimination" and could lead to reverse discrimination against traditional heterosexual marriage.

The French resolution, scheduled to be proposed this week, recommends protecting Gays and Lesbians from being jailed or killed because of their sexual orientation and is being introduced to the UN on behalf of the European Union.

But Archbishop Celestino Migliore said, if adopted, the resolution would create “new and implacable discriminations," and also said that states which do not recognize same-sex unions as 'matrimony' will be pilloried and made an objects of pressure.

However, the French resolution, which is supported by all 27 members of the European Union, says absolutely nothing about gay marriage; it is about ending jail and death penalty sentences gays yet face in more than 85 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen where you can still be killed for being gay.

An editorial in Italy's mainstream La Stampa newspaper said the Vatican's reasoning was "grotesque." Another editorial in Rome's La Repubblica newspaper said the Vatican's position "leaves one dumbstruck."

Gay rights activist’s in Italy and in other European Union countries fear that the Vatican is calling for another "Holy Alliance" between the Vatican and Islamic states in the United Nations to oppose the proposed resolution just as they did in 1994, when the Vatican teamed up with Islamic and Latin American countries to defeat an abortion rights proposal.

They have also said that the Vatican’s reasoning smacked of "total idiocy and madness" and what the Vatican really feared was a "chain reaction in favor of legally recognized homosexual unions in countries, like Italy, where there is currently no legislation."

A Vatican spokesman said yesterday "no-one wants the death penalty or jail or fines for homosexuals" but defended Archbishop Migliore's comments, adding that the Vatican was in the majority on the issue, pointing out that 50 member states of the United Nations have adhered to the proposal in question while more than 150 have not.

So does this mean the Vatican wants to let the stoning to begin?

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