Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples. But those who express these views are faced with "a disturbing trend," he said.
"People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex," he told the current session of the Human Rights Council.
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"When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature ... they are stigmatised, and worse -- they are vilified, and prosecuted.
And that is a bad thing?
"These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances," Tomasi said.
Mr. Tomasi, it seems in your last sentence that you are attempting to stigmatize, vilify, and perhaps advocating the prosecution of people who are guilty of expressing their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature. Yet, you say that this cannot be justified under any circumstances. How do you live with the guilt?
It should come as no surprise that your views are wildly incoherent, irrational, and self-serving. You are in the business of incoherent, irrational, self-service. By this, I do not mean Catholics in general, but the specific church/business you belong to. While I am not questioning your faith in the particular snake-oil your company sells at a tax-free profit, it is, in fact, snake-oil.
It is perfectly legitimate to stigmatize, vilify, and, where words turn into harmful actions, prosecute the person who "expresses" moral attitudes like those that your company tends to express.
"Throughout the world, there is a consensus between societies that certain kinds of sexual behaviour must be forbidden by law. Paedophilia and incest are two examples."
See. Even you agree that, when people express certain "moral beliefs", it is perfectly legitimate to stigmatize and vilify them. You do so yourself, and you are more than happy to endorse the practice when you are not the one being vilified.
I suspect you would even support the prosecution of these individuals where words turned into harmful actions.
What you do not yet realize is that your attitudes towards relationships between consenting adults deserve the stigmatization and vilification you receive. The fact that you take this bigoted hate-mongering and assign it to God does not change the fact that it is bigoted hate-mongering. Similarly, finding quotes that defend slavery in scripture or the killing of apostates and blasphemers does not give the members if your club a right to own slaves or kill apostates or blasphemers.
In the past, your company has conveniently forgotten about those passages in it's holy book that more enlightened came to question. It's time to conveniently forget those passages on homosexuality as well.
Otherwise, you will discover more and more people will come to realize that this hateful bigotry could not possibly be the work of a divine benevolence. It stinks far too much of barbaric human "different is evil".