Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Davis, the clerk for Rowan County Kentucky, was briefly jailed for contempt of court after ignoring direct orders from courts to stop blocking gay weddings.
The clerk has been married four times, but claims God doesn’t want gays to marry. She claimed earlier today that she had a secret meeting with the Pope last week while he was on his tour of the US.
She claimed: “I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?”
“Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to ‘stay strong.'”
Despite repeatedly refusing to comment on the claims, the Vatican has now confirmed that a meeting between Davis and the Pontiff did take place.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told the New York Times that he “did not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add”.
It is surprising the Pope found time out of his busy schedule to meet with a notorious homophobe, given he was apparently too busy to visit LGBT homeless people.
New York’s Ali Forney Center took out an open letter to the Pope in the New York Times last April, inviting him “to meet our abandoned youths and see for yourself how their lives have been devastated and made destitute by religious rejection”.
The Pope made multiple appearances in New York and took part in pre-planned photo opportunities with homeless people – but shunned the invite to visit the Center or condemn homophobia.
He instead warned lawmakers that “the very basis of marriage and the family” is being called into question, and claimed that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has a “human right” to block same-sex weddings.
The center has released a heartbreaking video showing the harm done by religious homophobia – after the Pope shunned an invitation to speak out on his US tour.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Saudi Arabia on Sunday (27 September) objected to the inclusion of LGBT rights in the UN Development Agenda, saying they run ‘counter to Islamic law.’Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a UN summit of world leaders in New York that ‘mentioning sex in the text, to us, means exactly male and female,’ AP reported.
‘Mentioning family means consisting of a married man and woman,’ he said, adding that his country had the right not to follow any rules relating to any ‘deviations’ from that belief.
One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health by 2030.
However, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican have expressed concern that references to ‘sexual rights’ include protections for LGBT people.
Gay sex is a crime in Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia and is punishable by death under Sharia law.
The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, said in June that calls to change the law were a ‘flagrant interference in its internal affairs.’
Even so, he was appointed chair of a UN human rights panel of ‘experts’ last week, which one NGO described as ‘scandalous.’
‘It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,’ said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
‘Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.’
So, while the Pope was doing PR in the good ol' USA last week and we were bombarded with how this Pope was bringing about change in the Catholic church, and the church was becoming more welcoming of the LGBT community, the Catholic church, in cooperation with the Islamic state of Saudi Arabia, was denouncing homosexuals and trying to further it's anti-gay agenda world wide.
Tell me again, how the Pope is teaching tolerance when behind the scenes he is working with an Islamic state that routinely murder gay people for being something they have no control over.
The only difference I see between the practice of Islam and Christianity: one has attained it's theocratic control over many countries and the oppression of it's people, the other aspires to.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Pope Francis has backed government officials who wish to refuse marriage licenses to gay people.The leader of the Catholic Church has returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States and Cuba, finishing the trip by answering reporters’ questions on his trip and major issues.
He was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who had gone against the law of the land to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses on the basis of their ‘religious freedom’.
This was in reference to Kentucky’s Kim Davis who was jailed after she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.
‘Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure because it is a right,’ Francis told reporters, according to Reuters.
‘I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.’
He added: ‘And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.’
Conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures, according to Francis: ‘Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: “This right has merit, this one does not.”