The world is moving on

Last Christmas, Pope Benedict used his World Day of Peace address to denounce equal marriage rights as “unnatural” and “against human nature,” saying they “harm and help to destabilize marriage.” Later in the speech he added that support of equal marriage “constitutes an offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace.”

Take note: Not only are loving gay couples a threat to world peace, but so is anyone who supports them!

This is not new from the Pope. In previous speeches he has called gay marriages “insidious and dangerous,” and “a threat to humanity.”

Most Catholics are not listening. Two of Europe’s traditionally Catholic nations, Spain and Portugal, have had equal marriage rights for several years. The tide is turning in the US, the British House of Commons just voted for equal marriage, so did the French Assembly, and the list goes on. Strangely, humanity has not been damaged, and the only threats to world peace are emanating from the intolerant nations, not the ones with full civic rights. Benedict’s messages of intolerance, rejection and panic are falling on deaf ears.

The most enjoyable proof yet of Benedict’s irrelevance on this topic can be found on E! Entertainment Television’s web site, E! Online. This internationally popular site just ran a contest for TV’s Top Couple, starting with 64 couples from shows such as “Bones,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Vampire Diaries,” and many others. After readers weighed in with their votes, the field was winnowed to 32, then 16, then 8. In the semifinal round, three of the four couples were gay: Brittany and Santana from “Glee,” Bo and Lauren from “Lost Girl,” and Kurt and Blaine from “Glee.” (The lonely straight couple was Ziva and Tony from “NCIS.”)

The voting ended on Valentine’s Day, and the winners were…Bo and Lauren from “Lost Girl.”

Bo  Lauren

Bo and Lauren, a threat to world peace.

The readers — and voters — of E! Online are not radical leftists. They’re average TV viewers who like to read about their favorite shows, and apparently, a whole lot of them enjoy the chemistry and storylines of both gay and straight couples. Because what it’s really about is love, and that is not limited to a specific gender combination.

The world is moving on without you, Benedict. Time to resign. And for the rest of us: happy Valentine’s Day.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to The world is moving on

  1. Archivistwolf says:

    Cyn and I wish you Happy Valentine’s Day as well.

  2. Jason Cleaver says:

    I was hoping Lauren and Bo would win. WooHoo!!!

    Happy Valentines Day by the by…

  3. joanarling says:

    While I wholeheartedly agree with you, what can you expect from someone who used to be the Grand Inquisitor? However, I’d be surprised if the next Pope will do better.

    • oregon expat says:

      I think you’re right about that. I’ve a few suspicions about this resignation, one of which is that Benedict will retain immense influence, if not outright control, over the election of his successor.

      By the way, did you notice that his resignation letter begins, “Dear Brothers”? Women don’t really count as actual people in his world — not even nuns.

  4. Karyn says:

    What a lovely couple to win the vote!

    Today, for Valentine’s Day, we celebrated by going to Temple Beth Israel in Eugene and signing a petition for a new ballot measure in Oregon (to appear in November 2014) for marriage equality. This would overturn the amendment to the State constitution which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Over the next 20 months, I will hope for more recognition that love is love. And exciting new television shows are one of the avenues for that message.

  5. Ines says:

    Loved this text! Only read it today but a great day to you too, and to everyone who doesn’t feel that other people’s happiness is a menace to them. Love makes the world go round 🙂

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