It looks like Pat Robertson isn’t the only one who blames queer people for natural disasters. A Roman priest recently blamed the Italian earthquakes on gays, but thankfully, the Vatican smacked him down. Now if only they’d actually embrace LGBTQ rights… oh yeah, and stop protecting pedophile priests, too. That’d be good. That and more in our look at religious business around the world!
- The Vatican reacted quickly against statements made by a Roman priest who suggested “human sins such as civil unions” are to blame for the recent Italian earthquakes. The Vatican’s Substitute for General Affairs, Angelo Becciu, called the statements “offensive” and noted they “do not correspond to Church theology”.
- The Netherlands’ Cardinal Willem Eijk told reporters that “It (gender theory) is spreading and spreading everywhere in the Western world, and we have to warn people.” He suggested that the pope might need to publish a letter to the bishops to clarify ideology that rejects so-called gender theory.
- In Barbados, a rally themed “Family, Faith, and Freedom” showcased divisive viewpoints with one main speaker warning sex education would lead to “sexual perversions” and turn children into “little sexual deviants”. Representatives of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination called the rally “out of touch and selfish” when the country faces serious issues such as gun violence, child abuse, and water outages.
- The head of Grenada’s Presbyterian Church spoke out on the rights of the LGBT community during which he argued that although “homosexual practice” is “immoral”, it is not a “criminal” offense.
- In South Africa, openly gay Imam Muhsin Hendricks continues to open his Cape Town mosque to LGBT worshipers.
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