In just over a week the Pope will arrive in Sydney for the World Youth Day. Being neither a youth nor a Catholic, I will not be going, but I certainly wish the event well. But what is worth noting is a coalition of protestors has been formed which plans to make its presence felt during the week-long event.
The motley crew, called the NoToPope Coalition, features all the usual suspects: Socialist Alliance, Resistance, Sydney Atheists, Australian National Secular Association, International Raelian Movement, Community Action Against Homophobia, The Secular Party, Humanist Society of NSW, Atheist Foundation of Australia, Metropolitan Community Church, and the UNSW Atheists Society. Wow, what a group.
Unfortunately, as bizarre a bunch as this is, there will also be some people calling themselves Christians joining in the protests as well. In truth, the two groups (atheists on the one hand, and pro-homosexual “Christians” on the other) probably deserve each other. Atheists of course have told God to drop dead and get out of their lives. Pro-homosexual believers have effectively done the same, saying they will not submit to his Word or His standard of what is acceptable sexual practice. Both groups are in deep rebellion and seeking to put themselves at the centre of the universe in deciding what is right and wrong, true and false.
Also of interest are some of the comments being made by the Coalition. In addition to juvenile slogans like “Gay is great” and “Condoms save lives”, the comments made by group spokespersons are quite intriguing. Consider some of the following remarks made by the Coalition:
“This pope is homophobic: he condemns same-sex marriage and is condemning millions of people to death through AIDS with his anti-condom policy
“There is no reason why religion has to be homophobic. Religions should embrace all of humanity’s diversity.”
“Pope Benedict is a bigot. By calling homosexuality a ‘disorder’ the pope nurtures bigotry and violence, not love.”
It is worth deconstructing a few of these inane remarks. “Homophobia” is of course simply a catchword, applied to anyone who happens to have another point of view on homosexuality. Calling an opponent names is always easier than actually dealing with their arguments.
And the Pope, along with all biblical Christians I know, do not fear homosexuals. Neither are they bigoted. They want what God wants for all people: sexual wholeness and a life lived in conformity to the designer’s plans. Any lifestyle outside of this is simply going to result in bondage, destruction and death.
Thus real Christian love means telling the truth to homosexuals, and letting them know they can be set free from their addiction, and transformed by Christ’s power. It is never loving to leave someone in their bondage and deception.
And just how it is that the Pope is killing millions of AIDS sufferers is beyond me. He is seeking to get these people out of a lifestyle that is responsible for AIDS in the first place. And the only African countries which are really making headway against HIV/AIDS are those like Uganda which are stressing abstinence, being faithful, and condoms only as a last resort.
And spare us this foolishness about religion embracing humanity’s diversity. Just what is that supposed to mean anyway? I would imagine arsonists, paedophiles and polluters make up this diversity. Should we embrace them as well? And those dead-set against the homosexual agenda would also make up this diversity. So why can’t they be respected as well?
Indeed, organisers are calling for a citizen’s arrest of the Pope on the charge of “conspiracy to murder” because of his stance on contraception and abortion. They also plan to accost the WYD delegates with condoms.
All their talk about love, acceptance, tolerance and diversity is so much hot air. These activists can be the most intolerant and bigoted folk around. Indeed, police are already saying they will be on hand to prevent trouble. And the NSW government has annoyance regulations in place for any confrontations.
But as one letter writer in the Australian put it, “Perhaps those activists who feel thwarted in their attempts to deride and insult people of faith and disrupt a major religious event such as World Youth Day might like to try their luck in Mecca in December during the next annual Hajj pilgrimage. Alternatively, they might like to organise a human rights rally at the Beijing Olympics. Maybe then our ‘annoyance’ regulations will not seem so bad.”
It remains to be seen just how many disruptions and violent protests erupt during this week. But I will not be surprised if ugly scenes do develop. The atheists, activists and amoralists are quite happy to intolerantly impose their agendas on others, and the prospects do not look good for a peaceful gathering.