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Cardinal Plays the ‘Kids Will Be Taught Gay Marriage’ Card

Cardinal Plays the ‘Kids Will Be Taught Gay Marriage’ Card

 

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has said teachers will be banned from “promoting” the “traditional” view of marriage if gay marriage is made lawful in Scotland — as usual though, he hasn’t offered any evidence to back up his claims.

Reports Gay Star News:

O’Brien said: ‘It is clear that Scotland’s schools will be banned from promoting a traditional understanding of marriage if same-sex marriage becomes law.

‘This means reassurances offered by the Scottish government that schools and churches will be protected have been utterly hollow.

‘If they enact same-sex marriage legislation there is no question that the work of Catholic schools and parishes will be impaired, undermined and damaged.’

It should be pointed out that the Cardinal has made a huge error, whether deliberate or not, in implying “It is clear that Scotland’s schools will be banned from promoting a tradition understanding of marriage.”

No where in the legislation is there such a ban, and at no point does the legislation mandate the teaching of same-sex marriage at the expense of the erroneously called “traditional” view of marriage. This is a leap that is not supported by logic, but it is the kind of running jump the Cardinal has made several times before.

O’Brien faced fierce criticism when earlier this year he compared gay marriage to legalizing slavery, quoted inaccurate and debunked research that he said showed children need heterosexual parents, repeated lies offered by the American right-wing, and advanced that religion would be harmed by children being taught about gay marriage in schools. This line of attack is no more credible now than it was then.

At the most, teachers will have to teach reality: that civil marriage is open to gay couples as well as straight couples. This requires no political discourse or even religious opinion, only the facts.

Scotland, like England, is currently working its way toward legalizing marriage equality, something that despite religious protections being built into the legislation, religious conservatives have reacted most stridently against.

The English marriage equality consultation enters its final week this week.

 

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9:42PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

And this declaration comes from a religion that essentially condones pedophilia. So much for the cardinal beliefs.

6:07PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Marriage is marriage...allow LGBT marriages and forget it..now it is the thrill of something being denied them...make it legal and let them live the normal lives and of course they will get married and divorce and married forever what ever is in the cards for them....of course I can tell kids dont try it before you think it over carefully....you dont want to wake up in your 30's and find out ...hey I thought I was gay......

3:51PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Stupidity.

12:35PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

All these lies and control mind actions by men who wear gowns and funny hats. Somehow I just don't see it...........they abuse altar boys and they are against Same Sex marriage.

They are wearing gowns and funny hats - meaning they are weird to start with! Why is any one person listening to them?

12:29PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Dont you get sick of the child molesters trying to say that gays are child molesters. I would trust my son with my gay friends a hell of a lot faster then with this guy. The bad part is do they really believe the crap they spew or is it to just take attention away from them. The best way to hide bad deeds is to misdirect.

6:57AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Cardinal O'Brien - should go back to Catholicism instead of his own opinions.
Catholicis states, that as God has said, 'WE ARE ALL HIS CHILDREN", not
just those chosen by O'Brien. While Christ was on the cross and looked toward
heaven with his last dying breath and stated to His Heavenly Father, "FATHER
FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO", I believe He had
Cardinal O'Brien in mind..
Perhaps, all the Bishops, Cardinals and even the Pope should follow Christ's
teachings instead of their own ideology. And follow by example, as the Nuns do by
their work and love of Christ.

3:05AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Yes, whenever I want advice on marriage or how to educate children, I always ask a celibate man who thinks the world was created in 6 days. >_

9:42PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

His priority should be to speak out strongly against priests having sex with children.

6:00PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

disturbing

5:00PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, eh? If I was a choir boy, I wouldn't want this creep sitting on my covers offering to read me a bedtime story...

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