Monday, August 23, 2010

Brody's Notes... Tensions Mount In Guadalajara, Mexico Between Gay Rights Activists & Catholics

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez  Photo By The Associated Press
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 23 | The Associated Press has reported that a second confrontation in Guadalajara, Mexico in a two day period, between members of the Roman Catholic faithful and Gay activists, occurred yesterday in the cathedral square in the city centre. Tensions have been mounting since the prelate of Mexico's second largest city, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, publicly accused the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, of bribing Mexico's Supreme Court for its recent ruling upholding its same-sex marriage law.
In an editorial published last week in El Semanario, a leading Mexican daily newspaper, Iniguez wrote: 
"The court's ruling that allows married gay couples to adopt is certain to harm many innocent Mexicans." The Cardinal also stated during a press conference in Aguascalientes, in response to a question from a reporter about same-sex adoptions: "I do not know of any of you who would like to be adopted by a pair of lesbians or a pair of fags. I think not.”
Mayor Ebrard has responded to the prelate's harsh rhetoric with a lawsuit after first asking the church to apologise or prove its claim. The church refused, and added that it had proof the justices were bribed by government officials and international rights groups.In a public statement after filing his suit, Mayor Ebrard said:
“Let me remind the cardinal, the prelates and the spokesman who have been insulting, discrediting and threatening the Mexico City government and the National Supreme Court that we live a secular state.The cardinal must submit to the law of the land, like all other citizens of this country.”
During yesterday's protests and counter protests, one Catholic supporter hurled invectives at a Gay Rights Advocate before knocking that person to the ground and destroyed a sign the activist was carrying. Other Anti-Gay protesters were heard to shouting:
“War-war against Lucifer!” and “Adopt a dog fags!” 
The Gay rights activists in response screamed back:

 “We're getting married and we're adopting, we're getting married and we're adopting!”
The Associated Press reports that the demonstrators numbered in the hundreds, with both sides about evenly matched.


Desmond Rutherford said...

Sooner or later, humans are going to have decide whether they return to being a cowering frightened people living in persecution and oppression by the superstitious religious fanatics, or adopt the promise of reason, intellectual honesty, and live in acceptance of each others natural diversity.

We are but a stone-age away from killing each other for our differences, a dark-age away from destroying even the attempts at the civilised cultures humanity has fought so hard to build, but most horrifyingly we are very nearly at an age of denying Love as the only sane reason for existence.

No matter what a religion promises in the afterlife, if it cannot accommodate love in this life it needs to be challenged at every opportunity. And the opportunities for challenge that the religions provide are unfortunately, many.