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An ‘evil gene’? Look no further than the Pope

SCIENTISTS planning to research the DNA of Adam Lanza, the Newtown, Connecticut gunman, to see whether certain individuals have a propensity to commit evil, should not, in my opinion, be wasting their time on the corpse of a lone lunatic. If they think they can  locate “an evil gene” why not experiment on live specimens known to be far more dangerous?

I have one in mind: the Pope.

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The thought came to me today after reading Adrian Tippetts’ scathing attack in Pink News on the Catholic Church, which concluded with this paragraph:

Finally, a note to the man who poses as @pontifex on Twitter: a century ago, your church demonised the Jews in a similar, tawdry fashion. Your bishops repeated the myths of a conspiracy to take control of the worlds banks and newspapers; a myth which inspired unimaginable horror decades later. But it is easy to pretend innocence of all consequences, for those preachments lie in dusty newspaper archives and bookshelves. Today, your clergy have found a new cause of all the world’s ills.

Tippetts, of course, was referring to manner in which the Catholic Church has disgracefully used the festive season to do little else but spew out hatred of homosexuals.

He added:

But unlike a century ago, evidence of such revolting preachments will be easily accessible, digitally preserved and audible in full colour, as if it were made yesterday. And I bet it will be a better advert for non-belief than anything that even Richard Dawkins could muster.

Tippetts drew attention to Ratzinger’s World Peace Day message, in which the Pope:

Signalled the Vatican’s intention to work with other religions to stop marriage equality, claiming the family was threatened ‘to its foundations’ by attempts to change its ‘true structure’.

That speech gives us four reasons to charge the Catholic Church of having a hate agenda against LGBT people: seeking to demean gay people as ‘intrinsically disordered’ and thus lesser, unauthentic human beings; seeking their exclusion from society; seeking to scapegoat them for society’s downfall by promoting blatant untruths about the nature of gay people and their relationships; and fourthly, an initiative tantamount to incitement to murder: forming a coalition of faiths against LGBT people.

We know that wherever religion mixes with power, the results are fatal for LGBT people. In Iran, and Iraq, hundreds have been murdered and mutilated in the most grotesque ways imaginable, because of their sexuality. The abductions and death squads were a direct result of similar hate-inciting preachments in Baghdad soon after the fall of Saddam. The fact that pews are emptying in Europe is of relatively little consequence. It is in regions like Africa, where the Catholic Church’s influence and following is growing, and where both Christian and Islamist extremism is on the march, where the Pope hopes his message will hit home, and precisely where LGBT people are in fear of their lives most in the Christian world.

It is therefore vital that we – the progressives, the media and politicians – speak out against this.

Hat tip: Matt Westwood (“Evil gene” report)

22 Responses to “An ‘evil gene’? Look no further than the Pope”

  1. Brad Welch says:

    The pope isn’t calling for the extermination of LGBT people.

  2. go says:

    @Brad; Nor is he calling for justice in the cases of child molesting priests, bishops and those who hide them.

    He pretty much states that marriage between two men or two women will bring the end of the world. I suppose the child molesting is okay then.

    He has also told his sheep not to look to material things, all the while, his (one time) manicure costs could feed a hungry family for a month in a third world country. The cost of his clothing and scepter could build warm homes for an entire village, and the riches of the Vatican could put a serious dent in world poverty among his flock. And he asks that they give more. Even the poorest of the poor. That is unconscionable and inhumane.

  3. Daz says:

    Brad

    Please point to where someone’s said he is. He is, however, trying to deny people their human rights, based on nothing but his own prejudice and a book of mythology.

    As to the evil gene… link (Sorry!)

  4. JohnMWhite says:

    @Brad – as Daz pointed out, nobody said he is, but that doesn’t mean there is no reason to be concerned about the potential ramifications of his deliberate and incessant slurs and denigrations aimed at homosexuals. If you tell people “this group is going to wreck your family and destroy your community” over and over and over, then you’re bound to find some of those people decide “ok, I’ll have to do something about that first”. This is pretty much the point of the article. It is spelled out for you in the quote from Adrian Tippett. It happened before: the church helped create a culture where a certain group were seen as less than human and a threat and that made it a lot easier to deny them their rights, ostracise them from society and eventually not many batted an eye when they were rounded up and eradicated.

  5. Ivan says:

    @ Brad.

    I’d say the Pope has reached stage three.

    THE EIGHT STAGES OF GENOCIDE
    By Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch

    Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventative measures can stop it. The later stages must be preceded by the earlier stages, though earlier stages continue to operate.

    Classification
    Symbolization
    Dehumanization
    Organization
    Polarization
    Identification
    Extermination
    Denial

    .
    CLASSIFICATION:

    All cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi. Bipolar societies that lack mixed categories, such as Rwanda and Burundi, are the most likely to have genocide. The main preventive measure at this early stage is to develop universalistic institutions that transcend ethnic or racial divisions, that actively promote tolerance and understanding, and that promote classifications that transcend the divisions. The Catholic church could have played this role in Rwanda, had it not been riven by the same ethnic cleavages as Rwandan society. Promotion of a common language in countries like Tanzania or Cote d’Ivoire has also promoted transcendent national identity. This search for common ground is vital to early prevention of genocide.

    SYMBOLIZATION:

    We give names or other symbols to the classifications. We name people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguish them by colors or dress; and apply them to members of groups. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization. When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia. To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden (swastikas) as can hate speech. Group marking like gang clothing or tribal scarring can be outlawed, as well. The problem is that legal limitations will fail if unsupported by popular cultural enforcement. Though Hutu and Tutsi were forbidden words in Burundi until the 1980’s, code-words replaced them. If widely supported, however, denial of symbolization can be powerful, as it was in Bulgaria, when many non-Jews chose to wear the yellow star, depriving it of its significance as a Nazi symbol for Jews.

    DEHUMANIZATION:

    One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to vilify the victim group. In combating this dehumanization, incitement to genocide should not be confused with protected speech. Genocidal societies lack constitutional protection for countervailing speech, and should be treated differently than in democracies. Hate radio stations should be shut down, and hate propaganda banned. Hate crimes and atrocities should be promptly punished.

    ORGANIZATION:

    Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, though sometimes informally (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or by terrorist groups. Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings. To combat this stage, membership in these militias should be outlawed. Their leaders should be denied visas for foreign travel. The U.N. should impose arms embargoes on governments and citizens of countries involved in genocidal massacres, and create commissions to investigate violations.

    POLARIZATION:

    Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction. Extremist terrorism targets moderates, intimidating and silencing the center. Prevention may mean security protection for moderate leaders or assistance to human rights groups. Assets of extremists may be seized, and visas denied to them. Coups d’état by extremists should be opposed by international sanctions.

    IDENTIFICATION:

    Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. They are often segregated into ghettoes, forced into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. At this stage, a Genocide Alert must be called. If the political will of the U.S. Government, NATO, and the U.N. Security Council can be mobilized, armed international intervention should be prepared, or heavy assistance to the victim group in preparing for its self-defense. Otherwise, at least humanitarian assistance should be organized by the U.N. and private relief groups for the inevitable tide of refugees.

    EXTERMINATION:

    This then begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing. Sometimes the genocide results in revenge killings by groups against each other, creating the downward whirlpool-like cycle of bilateral genocide (as in Burundi). At this stage, only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can stop genocide. Real safe areas or refugee escape corridors should be established with heavily armed international protection. The U.N. Standing High Readiness Brigade — 5500 heavy infantry — should be mobilized by the U.N. Security Council if the genocide is small. For larger interventions, a multilateral force authorized by the U.N., should intervene. It is time for nations to recognize that the international law of humanitarian intervention transcends the narrow interests of individual nation states. If major powers will not lead the intervention, they should provide the airlift, equipment, and financial means necessary for regional states to intervene.

    DENIAL:

    This is the eighth stage that always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile. There they remain with impunity, like Pol Pot or Idi Amin, unless they are captured and a tribunal is established to try them. The response to denial is punishment by an international tribunal or national courts. There the evidence is heard, and the perpetrators punished. The Yugoslav or Rwanda Tribunals and the International Criminal Court may not deter the worst killers. But with the political will to arrest and prosecute them, some may be brought to justice, and future genocidists can never again share Hitler’s expectation of impunity when he sneered, “Who, after all, remembers the Armenians?”

  6. Robster says:

    Love the pic of the pope! He’s a nasty piece of work and it’s good to see the ol’ bugger being recognised for this. He’s a crook and a fraudster, all the red slippers, blingy robes and gold staffs cannot cover this poor excuse of a human’s inhumanity. He’s decomposing as we speak, all that’s needed now is for the tired old thing to cease breathing.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    I, too, am concerned about the traditional family structure as found in our common Judeo-Christian background, the foundation for modern society. I, too, want to practice polygamy and have sex slaves, as they do in the Bible (1 Kings 11:2-3). Our fellow Abrahamic religion, Islam, agrees (4:3). All of these faith advocate sex with children – that’s not for me, but in defense of traditional faith-based families I’ll withhold judgement.

    Wait, what’s that? We’re talking about the ancient, immutable tradition of monogamy between adults that became something of the norm a few hundred years ago? Oh, I thought we were talking about the traditional family structures of the Big Three religions.

    Never mind.

  8. john.c says:

    The muslim faith and the catholic faith have both taken every step up to identification of their bogeymen,the muslims have gone one step further and actively kill people, both should become proscribed cults.

  9. charlie says:

    In my personal opinion, as a non-religious human being, the poop has now proven that he is less than a full human being. He has no ability to recognize his fellow human beings as such. I am not gay and have never had any “urges” in that direction. I have worked with various gay/lesbian people in my life time and have found them to be like every other human being. They can be nice, decietful, nasty, kind, caring, loving, thoughtless, disrespectful, and very smart, or quite dumb. In short, gay/lesbian people ARE people just like me and every other human being. That the poop cannot/will not see this rather simple TRUTH, in my view makes him less than fully human.
    Just because; goddamn the fucking pope!

  10. charlie says:

    I want to add that what I said about his UNholiness the pope applies equally to the Imams who “think” the same as the pope. It also applies to any other human like critter who believs/follows those mentioned. If I stepped on some toes, too damn bad, get used to it. Yes, this shit from the pope and others of ANY “faith”/religion pisses me off greatly. ALL human beings deserve ALL human rights. Unless or until they violate civil society by way of stealing, robbery, murder, etc. Violate the law and you gie up some human rights.As for the pope and other religious “leaders” talk like an asshole and I WILL treat you as such. Do unto others don’t ya know.
    Sorry for taking up so much space on the site, but this is beyond my limits for tolerance. ALL humans deserve EQUAL human rights.

  11. the Woggler says:

    I’ve no love for his hollowness, but can he really be regarded as more dangerous than a man who shoots 20 infants in cold blood?

  12. Matt Westwood says:

    @Woggler: In terms of the scale of what implications it has for the good of the world, what with the unconscionable bletherings that have been vomited from the various festering means of communications of the lunatic fascists since that unfortunate event at Sandy Hook, I think it’s probably neck-and-neck.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Woggler: It all depends upon what you mean by “dangerous”. My immediate thoughts are that Lanza was disturbed, if not mentally ill, so there are question marks over the degree to which he was responsible for his actions. However, what do we know about the Pope’s state of mind or the sincerity of his beliefs? The RCC has certainly been responsible for greater “evil” than one lone gunman over the centuries, and is perfectly capable of carrying out the same outrages in the future. BTW I hate this word “evil” because of all the baggage that comes with it. Most “evil” acts are committed by people with personality disorders at the very least, though that doesn’t absolve them of all culpability. As with that other term “spirituality”, mentione here before manty times, I feel that the problem is that the development of our language has not kept pace with developments in our thinking. We need a new vocabulary!

  14. Har Davids says:

    The pope and his ilk are the ‘respectable’ front-men of homophobia; whining about the state of the world and the nuclear family, and finger-pointing at the scape-goat du jour. These thinly-veiled homophobic messages are interpreted by some people as a license to kill, or at least make life in general uncomfortable, for LGBT-people all over the world. In the mean-time, the pope blesses people who incite to murder, and denies any connections between his words and the actions of his followers, all because he’s the man of love and peace.

    If I, on a Saturday, were to get on my soap-box and incited people to persecute blacks, Indians, Jews, Muslims, gingers or the wearers of clothes with mixed fibers in them, I would be in the slammer in no time. Repeat-offender pope Ratzinger keeps getting away with his deadly diatribes. Why?

  15. AgentCormac says:

    Har Davies

    I know you know this already, but in answer to your question religious cuts like the RCC are above the law. Indeed, they openly try to proscribe what the laws of the land should be (see stories about condom legislation in the Philippines and abortion laws in Ireland). The RCC is even given parity with sovereign states as it is, unbelievably, a state in its own right. A blind eye is always turned to the appalling and illegal activities of many of the RCC’s representatives and its policies which often fly in the face of rational thought and moral behaviour. No politician (apart from the Irish PM, Enda Kenny) seems to have the balls to openly criticise this wicked, shameless and secretive cult for fear of offending its vast membership. However, it is a membership which is, as we all know, in decline – so perhaps one day one of our spineless ‘leaders’ will actually find the bottle to stand up and call the RCC what it really is: an evil and inhumane organisation driven by greed, power and privilege.

  16. RabbitOnAStick says:

    if the RC and ratzing-nazi et al are so against homosexuality why is it that the vast majority of priestly-paedophile crimes are committed on little boys. whom they seem to be so sexually fond of.

  17. RickRay says:

    Just GOOGLE “Vatican crimes against humanity.” That should reinforce our hatred for the Poop and his group!

  18. Marky Mark says:

    THE EIGHT STAGES OF GENOCIDE… I find this interesting Ivan, though I knew some of the stages, but as individual acts and not as a staged process.

    RabbitOnAStick said:
    (if the RC and ratzing-nazi et al are so against homosexuality why is it that the vast majority of priestly-paedophile crimes are committed on little boys. whom they seem to be so sexually fond of.)

    …I’m thinking that the catlick church, many years ago, became ruled by such people. Men with no interest in woman and would never marry, so they created the celibacy for god practice to deflect any suspicions upon themselves. And since homosexual practices were probably frowned upon at that time they decided to hate them and further their deflection away from their real intentions… “Look over there, nothing to see here”.

    Also, the church has abused many young girls over the years as well.

  19. Ivan says:

    @Rabbit

    The stats show that something over 40% of the children raped by RC priests were little girls. Child rape is the one area where they try to operate an equal opportunities policy.

  20. Georgina says:

    @Ivan

    Is there room somewhere in there for the stage where the perps claim victim-hood, where they state that any attempt to break off the process is actually a hate crime against them and “Hate radio stations should be shut down” so that people remain unaware of their true purpose?

    At what stage are people still able to differentiate between victim and perp?
    We may already be too late.

  21. Joe Thomson says:

    All religions are heading for their own armageddon as the world internet provides concrete evidence & proof that such beliefs are complete and utter nonsense. Human evolution and anatomical facts of how primates like us evolved over millions of years are exposing biblical beliefs as infantile and meglomanical inventions designed to controle the masses and keep them obedient and subordinate so that dictators can live their lives of decadence in private while those who are alleged to have infringed holy law will be put to death or tortured according to sharia or other hypocrital laws. Most governments subscribe to religious faiths in one form or another as it is a Machivellian world in which we live so religious beliefs must be seen to be practiced. Religions are instruments of controle and that is why education in third world countries is discouraged and religions are promoted because it prevents the inquisitive mind from asking questions. But time itself is evolutionary, and science and education is beginning to filter through into global populations that have lived in darkness for thousands of years. All hail the global internet which is helping to set free all the mind prisoners who are victims of a global conspiracy by dictators and religious prophets of doom.