I have always wanted to go to Spain. It always seemed cultured and interesting, and during all of my college Spanish classes, Spain was the “it” place for the Spanish language in it’s most proper form. But whether you’re in Spain or in the US, it seems people who are pro-family and traditional marriage, even the Pope, aren’t far from the usual gay activist criticism. They’ll hunt us down anywhere.
The AP reports of a Sunday Mass in Spain, attended by hundreds of thousands of people (pretty impressive turnout, even SF couldn’t top that I don’t think),
designed to promote traditional family values in a predominantly Roman Catholic country that has legalized gay marriage and made it easier for people to divorce.
Pope Benedict XVI started the service with a message urging Spanish Catholics, “to keep their families strong.”
“Dear families, do not let love, openness to life and the incomparable links that join your homes weaken,” he said in Madrid.
The archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, added: “the future of humanity depends on the family, the Christian family.”
Despite the chilly overcast weather, hundreds of thousands of faithful people packed downtown Plaza de Colon and spilled out into streets running off from it in four directions.
Spain’s Socialist government has angered the church by legalizing gay marriage, making it easy for people to divorce and instituting a public school course in which children learn about homosexuality and same-sex marriages. It is also considering easing Spain’s restrictive abortion law.
Rouco Varela called abortion one of the worst “scourges” of modern times.
A similar mass and rally were held at the same time last year in the same square.
The Rebuttal: What pro-family/traditional marriage rally would be complete with out some backlash from the throngs of gay rights activists, and traditional marriage haters? The Sunday Mass and rally in Madrid, Spain is apparently no different. BBC News reports that gay groups and activists have reacted angrily after Pope Benedict XVI said that,
mankind needed to be saved from a destructive blurring of gender.
I understand that no one likes to be told they are wrong, or destructive, but it seems as though the opposition is encountering these terms quite a lot as of late, and they especially didn’t like the Pope’s comments.
Speaking on Monday, Pope Benedict said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was as important as protecting the environment.
So gay activists, angered by this, obviously think that, we, as in all of us who care about and believe in traditional marriage and family, should actually care more about global warming, that we should all drop our beemers and drive hideous hybrids (not going to happen in my family), and that we should let them voice their opinions exclusively, let them behave as leeches on our society’s moral fiber and we should all run, hide and let them take over…..well I’ll say it again….not going to happen in my family. The UK’s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement called the Pope’s comments, “irresponsible and unacceptable.” It’s always fine for them to rip apart comments that don’t condone their behavior, but when we call them out on their stuff, they are all to quick to say that we’re bigots, biased, and trying to keep them from exercising their definition of civil rights. I’m glad we have traditional marriage allies in Europe; the opposition is everywhere.
LGCM head Rev Sharon Ferguson said the Pope’s remarks justified “gay bashing” and bullying.
The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.
Earlier this month, the Vatican said that a proposed United Nations resolution decriminalizing homosexuality went too far.
“Unjust discrimination” against gay people should be avoided, but the use of wording such as “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the text would “create serious uncertainty in the law”, it said.