2005-04-28 20:59:09 UTC
New York's Gov. Al Smith not only opposed Prohibition, but in 1928 he
became the first Roman Catholic ever nominated by a major party to be
This resulted in some of America's worst anti-Catholic expressions of
bigotry - including a rumor that Gov. Smith was planning to invite
the pope to make an extended visit in order to supervise the conversion
of this nation to a Roman Catholic country.
When Gov. Smith lost to Herbert Hoover by 444 to 87 electoral votes, he
had the good sense of humor and sportsmanship to announce that he had
just sent a one-word cable to the pope: "Unpack."
Now, within hours of the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the
new Pope Benedict XVI, this new pope has been attacked by at least four
of America's Sodomy Lobby:
* The "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian And Gays (PFLAG) stated
that the new pope does not represent a hopeful vision of the future ...
He authored a Vatican document condemning marriage and adoption by gay
men and lesbians in July 2003."
The Washington Blade (a Washington, D.C., homosexual newspaper)
described the document as "a battle plan for Catholic politicians".
(Think of that - a "battle plan"! Will the new pontiff come to the
United States - as rumored in 1928 - to help Catholic politicians
like Sen. Kerry win the battle?)
* The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation "is calling on the
nation's media to examine Ratzinger's documented rhetoric and writings
related to gays and lesbians ... In documents dating back to the
1980's, Ratzinger has branded gays and lesbians as 'objectively
disordered' and being gay as a 'moral disorder' requiring a 'conversion
from evil.' He has accused gay and lesbian parents of 'doing violence
to their children' and he has denounced laws protecting same-sex
couples and families as 'the approval or legalization of evil.'"
(Question: Did GLAAD learn all this in the two days since Cardinal
Ratzinger's election? Or isn't it far more probable that they have been
researching him - as the enemy - for years, in order to produce an
extensive documentary of denunciation even before he is installed?)
* The deceptively titled "Human Rights Campaign" (which really ought to
be honest enough to change that title to "Sodomy Rights Campaign")
stated the following: "We hope Pope Benedict XVI will follow the
biblical tradition of expressing love and compassion for all."
Where in the Holy Bible is there any verse expressing approval of the
act of sodomy? In the New Testament, Jesus Christ, speaking to those
who offend little children (and what is more offensive than child
molesting?) said: "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged
about his neck and he cast into the sea, than he should offend one
these little ones" (Luke 2:17).
The "Human Rights Campaign" also noted: "In 1986, Cardinal Ratzinger in
a letter to the Catholic bishops, wrote: 'Although the particular
inclination of the homosexual person is not sin, it is a more or less
strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil.'"
* The Rainbow Sash Movement wrote that they were "deeply disappointed
with the choice of Cardinal Ratzinger as pope. We had hoped for a
pastor and shepherd, instead we get a doctrinal enforcer." This
statement goes on to declare: "We remind our fellow Catholics that we
are the Church ... The Rainbow Sash Movement will continue to call for
openness, toleration and inclusion in the Church."
(Question: Have Rainbow Sash or any of these other three organizations
made any statement that there should be marriage for other sexual
orientations, such as necrophilia, sadomasochism or bestiality?)
It was rather disagreeably hasty for these four groups to attack the
new pope so quickly. But all of their attacks are a badge of honor for
this moral leader, who was so quickly elected to lead what is by far
Christianity's largest denomination.