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Gay nativity scene horrifies Catholic Church in Colombia

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IN A BID to speed up the legalisation of same -sex marriage in Colombia, a gay couple set up a homosexual nativity scene in their home, photographed it and posted the pic on Facebook.

Outrage immediately followed, with the Colombian Catholic Church accusing Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas of “sacrilege” for leaving the Virgin Mary out in the cold. Their nativity scene in the northern city of Cartagena shows the baby Jesus with two dads.

According to this report, thousands of Colombians have taken to social networking sites to slam the pair, with many saying they show

A lack of respect to God and all Christians.

One Facebook user added:

As much as I support gay rights, this is just stupid on so many levels. If you are a Catholic you have to accept Jesus’ parents were Mary and Joseph.

Political analyst Vásquez and entrepreneur Felipe have been together for four years and were united by a civil union, the closest thing to marriage for homosexuals in Colombia, three months ago.

The gay rights activists told the Diario Veloz website that they set up the scene in the hope that it would help in bringing about reform in the country’s gay marriage laws.

A bill to legalize gay marriage is currently being looked at by the country’s politicians and has passed the first of four debates. But it has been dubbed as “unconstitutional” by the nation’s conservative lawmakers.

Vásquez said:

We did it because we believe in Colombia. We have lived in different cities in the world and we prefer to return to our country. We are beginning to build [a better country] through our new union.

Meanwhile, a real-life pair of gay dads are suing a Christian school for refusing to accept their three-year-old to preschool.

Christian News reports that Joseph Romero and John Keelin state claim they were originally told by Hope Christian School in Albequerque that the boy could be admitted to class, but received a denial letter after officials discovered that the boy’s parents were both men. The school, citing Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9, said:

Same gender couples are inconsistent with [a] Scriptural lifestyle and Biblical teachings. [Your] home life doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a Biblical family lifestyle is.

When Romero and Keelin inquired further, the school corresponded with the attorney for the two men, reiterating that homosexuality is inconsistent with the beliefs and values of the Christian school, and that being a private institution, it has the right to be free from government interference.

Hope Christian School’s website outlines that:

Admission is open to students of any race, color, or ethnic origin who are looking for a Christian environment with an emphasis on teaching Biblical principles and truths along with strong academics.

The gay couple now filed a lawsuit in Bernalillo County Court, claiming that Hope Christian School has violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act by refusing admission to the boy. New Mexico law prohibits:

Any person in a public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services … to any person because of … sexual orientation.

Some are also stating that although the school asserted that it is a private religious institution, it should still be required to admit the child because it receives partial federal funding.

Romero and Keelin, through their attorney Shane Youtz of Youtz and Valdex, are seeking equitable relief, including that the judge will require that the boy be accepted at the Christian school, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorneys for Hope Christian School have not yet commented on the matter.

Breaking news: Saba legalises gay marriage. Saba????

15 Responses to “Gay nativity scene horrifies Catholic Church in Colombia”

  1. Stephen Mynett says:

    That nativity scene is absolutely disgusting and inaccurate. The pope has told us there were no donkeys.

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    “… a real-life pair of gay dads are suing a Christian school for refusing to accept their three-year-old to preschool…”

    Do you really think it’s wise to send your child to a fascist establishment? How long will the poor little sod last in the playground when his peers (educated in godliness by the screws) find out his parents are gay?

    Might as well send your son to one of those egregious establishments laughingly referred to as a “sports academy” wearing a dress. Send your son to a secular establishment instead.

  3. Barry Duke says:

    Totally agree Matt. And if the lad had a liking for pink shoes, well …
    http://tinyurl.com/d668nbq

  4. Barry Duke says:

    Whoops. Pic’s been removed, but can be seen here on the Pink Humanist Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/cb9a4ot

  5. 1859 says:

    Hang on a minute – which of these guys is the Virgin? The one in white? or the one in green? Maybe it’s the green one – he looks like he should be holding a bottle. Definately – it’s the green one. Although…

  6. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    . [Your] home life doesn’t reflect the school’s belief of what a Biblical family lifestyle is.

    Obviously need to get a whole lot more wives and concubines (well, Solomon had hundreds).

  7. Marky Mark says:

    (Do you really think it’s wise to send your child to a fascist establishment?) …I’ll tell you why, go after their money. Something all should do more frequently is to sue these people at every turn. Less cash they have the less they can spend, and time, forcing their beliefs on everyone.

  8. Robster says:

    Would have been better if they’d included over-dressed Ratzmeister in there too. That would really piss the catliks off and for that alone would be worth the effort. Mary was probably off looking for some real sex, not the imaginary type offered in the dusty book of myth. I mean if you’re gonna carry a baby jesus you might as well have a bonk.

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  10. tony e says:

    ‘As much as I support gay rights, this is just stupid on so many levels. If you are a Catholic you have to accept Jesus’ parents were Mary and Joseph.’

    Surely that should have read ‘Jesus’ parents were Mary and God?’

  11. Georgina says:

    It would have been more effective with 2 women, after all, we are told that there was no man involved in the conception of Jesus.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Posted earlier on the wrong thread!

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=nativity+humour&view=detail&id=5AEC5D88EDF7D4870FED284CA30BAFF10C269E89&first=70

    Scroll down to see more. I have two of the Private Eye “Books of Boobs”, and always cry with laughter when I look through them, even though I’ve read them from cover to cover before. (“Children shot for Christmas in the home”!)

  13. john.c says:

    ” If you are a Catholic you have to accept Jesus’ parents were Mary and Joseph.”
    I thought if you were a catholoid,you had to accept that jesus’s parents were himself, god and a virgin,herself a part of god?,Surely a most unnatural and incestuous birth?
    Personaly, if i were Joseph, it would of been an instant divorce,the excuses she came up with after a bit on the side were a bit far fetched, most women would of just gone with rape and kept it simple.

  14. jay says:

    “…I’ll tell you why, go after their money. Something all should do more frequently is to sue these people at every turn. ”

    That’s simply using the child as a pawn. Not in the child’s best interest. And blatant.

    [If the school receives no government money, they may win. ]

  15. Matt Westwood says:

    [If the school receives no government money, they may win. ]

    Yes, so they may. But if they *do* receive gubmint money, and I think I read somewhere that a lot of these establishments which are discriminatory on religions grounds are actually at least partially funded by the government, and pay no tax because of their religious status, etc. etc.

    In those circumstances they should not be allowed to continue, let alone be open to being sued.