Top Papal Candidate Has Defended 'Kill the Gays' Laws in Africa

  • Aodhan

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    Feb 13, 2013 1:09 PM GMT

    "As the chatter within the Catholic world turns from shock over the Pope's resignation to speculation about who might succeed him, the name at or near the top of nearly everyone's list is that of Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. He was appointed by Benedict in 2009 to serve as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and (surprise!) he's incredibly anti-gay.

    How anti-gay, you ask? Believe it or not, Turkson is so anti-gay that he actually defended draconian laws that criminalize homosexuality and gay sex, including Uganda's notorious "Kill the Gays" bill. Speaking last year to the National Catholic Register, Turkson opined that while the penalties imposed by such laws are "exaggerated," the desire of many Africans and African leaders to incarcerate or even execute their gay citizens is actually perfectly understandable, and that the "intensity of the reaction [to homosexuality] is probably commensurate with tradition."

    Translation: demonizing and persecuting gay people shouldn't be condemned. Rather, it should be understood because in many nations, it's traditional."

    Fuck, fuck the Vatican and its Cardinals. I'm Roman Catholic but I think that the Vatican itself is the worst thing about the Religion.
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    Feb 13, 2013 1:34 PM GMT
    It's a pope candidate, what do you expect? If they are not raping boys, they are hating gays, it's what they do. It's all they do.
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    Feb 13, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    Sounds like the Cardinal's rationale would have also worked during the time of Nazi Germany's racial & cultural purity laws. After all, just doing their native Aryan thing. What have universal human rights got to do with anything? Certainly nothing that need concern a Prince of the Church.