Saturday, February 8, 2014

They Said We Were Mad!

In our predictions over the last few years that Catholicism would eventually be regarded as hate speech, many chose to label myself or Karl as crazy-minded, tin-foil hat types. This was in spite of actual events occurring that seemed to indicate that we weren't so far off the reservation.

Indeed, they called us mad!

Let's examined a recent item from Spain, though. Per Zenit:

Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation into newly chosen Cardinal-desginate Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a homosexual-rights group accused him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a "defect". AFP reports that the public prosecutor for the southern province of Malaga, Juan Carlos Lopez, had opened a preliminary inquiry "to clarify whether the allegations constitute a criminal offence.”

And what did he actually say?

The 84-year-old archbishop emeritus of Pamplona said in a newspaper interview last month that a lot of people “complain and don't tolerate it, but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.”

He compared homosexuality to his own high blood pressure -- "a defect I have that I have to correct as far as I can". He added: "Pointing out a defect to a homosexual is not an offence, it is a help because many cases of homosexuality can be recovered and normalised with adequate treatment."

Catholicism expressed openly = outrage.

A Spanish same-sex rights group lodged a complaint against the cardinal-designate, saying he violated the constitution's guarantees of dignity and non-discrimination and for "clearly inciting hate and discrimination".

Do I think he will wind up being prosecuted for this? Maybe. Do I think he will be convicted? Probably not.

Do I think that this will become more and more commonplace very quickly? Yes. Once the attempts to persecute the Church in this way are normalized, then we will see convictions.

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