Friday, December 28, 2012

Dutch Website Helping Catholics "De-Baptize" Themselves Has Soaring Hits After Benedict's Christmas Vendetta vs. the Gays

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This just in: hits on a Dutch website advising Dutch Catholics about how to "de-baptize" themselves are soaring following Pope Benedict's Christmas vendetta vs. the gays. Sara Webb reports for Reuters:

Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the Church, said traffic on – “” – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage this month.

And in his "Last Word" commentary last night, Lawrence O'Donnell deconstructed this Christmas season's Vatican arguments attacking marriage equality, noting that a group of men who have taken a vow that prevents them from knowing anything about marriage can't stop talking about marriage--when the subject is gay marriage. O'Donnell: "As support for marriage equality increases around the world, the Vatican is getting panicky."

The video clip at the head of the posting contains O'Donnell's statement. I'm grateful to Bilgrimage reader (and friend) John Bijarney for telling me about this statement by Lawrence O'Donnell.

P.S. J.R. Tungol at Huffington Post has created a list of the 25 worst anti-LGBT villains of 2012. Making the list along with the infamous North Carolina pastor Sean Harris, who encourages parents of gay sons to punch them if they show signs of effeminacy? None other than the new archbishop of San Francisco and godfather of prop 8, Salvatore Cordileone. Along with Pope Benedict XVI.

And North Carolina pastor Chuck Worley, who wants gays enclosed behind an electrified fence where they'll all die out. And Rev. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, whose vile anti-gay statements are too numerous to recount here. And North Carolina pastor Ron Baity, who wants the gays prosecuted just for being gay the way they were in the past. And Pastor John McTernon, who recently blamed Hurricane Sandy on the gays. And Rev. Bradlee Dean, who applauds Islamic countries for executing the gays. And Qur'an-burning Rev. Terry Jones, who hanged the president in effigy after Mr. Obama came out in support of marriage equality. And North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden, who claims all gay men end up in diapers due to anal sex. And Rev. Mike Huckabee, who put together this summer's Chick-fil-A appreciation day after Chick-fil-A's president went anti-gay in the media. And Rev. James Dobson, who blamed the Newtown shootings on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Interesting company for the pope and the new archbishop he's appointed for San Francisco to find themselves in.

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