Pope Ratzinger ‘Benedict’ gives us advice to think about this Christmas – about how same-sex relationships go against the nature of creation, and that we should preserve these institutions as we do the rainforests. Sounds like a noble cause doesn’t it? Unfortunately for Razi the Nazi, he obviously hasn’t read The Bible well enough to realise that some of Jesus’ closest desciples were in fact gay.
In some of the stories we find good characters The Bible has to tell of who are best described as homosexual partners. First, let us look at Ruth and Naomi, details of their relationship can be found in Ruth 1:16-17 and 2:10-11. Perhaps the most telling evidence inRuth 1:14, using the expression ‘Ruth clave unto her’ (’clave’ being a Hebrew translation used to refer to marriage). In this context, consider the following passage fromRuth 1:16:
And Ruth said (to Naomi), Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
Or David and Johnathan as described in 1 Samuel 18:1
“…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”
Or in 1 Samuel 18:3-4:
And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
Or perhaps Daniel and Ashpenaz in Daniel 1:19
“Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs”
But these are all moot points that I’m sure historians and anthropologists will argue over, and Christians will obey without question, whatever interpretation their self-appointed divine leader decides. No, what really concerns me most of all about Razi the Nazis words, were how some of the hidden messages directly echoed the teachings of The FÃ¼hrer in his book Mein Kampf. Or his second book which has been suppressed by American and British secret services until more recently – Zweites Buch (Second Book).
As a boy, Pope Razi the Nazi was indoctrinated to the Hitler Youth Movement (as many God-fearing well-behaved Germans were), so it is hard for us to dismiss the impact this must have upon his judgement, and how it must haunt his life in adulthood. In fact, it is important to remember that the Nazi movement was inherently Christian. Not that I am suggesting all Christians are Nazis, but that National Socialism was deeply rooted in traditional beliefs, and Christianity was one of those.
I would like to make all Christians aware of these Christmas messages of hate hidden between the lines in the hope to limit some of the eroding effects they will have on our society. Let’s examine Ratzis quotes carefully.
Gifts of creation which belong to all. It must also protect man against destruction by himself. It is necessary for there to be something like an ecology of man… it is not an outdated metaphysics, if the Church speaks of the nature of the human being as man and woman and asks that this order of creation be respected.
Here Razi the Nazi is suggesting that he is supporting nature, and the balance of creation by ‘working with God’ rather than ‘against Creation’. But what he is hoping you don’t realise (of course) is that in nature, the weak and vulnerable are killed to make way for the strong. In evolution, the strong succeed and the weak and impure will naturally get eaten by predators, fail to pro-create and will die out. These are the basic tennets of both Darwinian evolutionary theory and something which Nazis helped push forward. By gassing anyone who was much less than perfect – whether because of learning disabilities – homosexuality – transgenderism – Jewishness – he sought to give nature a helping hand, cleansing the human race – just as Razi the Nazi is suggesting.
He is hoping you won’t consciously realise the messages he is sending to ‘kill or eliminate all homosexuals and homosexual behaviour because they impure the human race’. Adolf was a master in this respect too. He could say one thing, but allow for other ideas to be absorbed by the slightly less conscious part of our language processing abilities.
I hope that by emphasizing this, I at least help to dampen the impact his hate-filled words will have on the masses. It might be that this is a carefully planned move in response to the ideological conflict being waged in California over proposition 8 which now looks like it may now be overturned.
My question to the reader, is … would the Pope be allowed to say the same of Jews or black people? If not, why is this different for gay people? Do not all humans deserve the same rights? Why is it somehow less unacceptable to deny someones right to be themselves when it is their sexuality that is different and not the colour of their skin?
What we must be aware of, is thatreligious tolerance can be extended only so far as it does not contradict the civil freedoms of a vulnerable group who is too small to effectively defend itself against the popular vote. Read the title of my last post carefully ‘Why the majority are not always right’. This is perhaps what I meant by this previous sub-caption. As any psychologist will tell you – groups behave very differently from individuals when presented with the same situation. We have evolved in our society to rise above simple-minded mob mentality, and unfortunately ‘pope’ Benedict seems to think this was a mistake.
But, it does make me happy to hear people speak out against these fascist statements. I like to think that there are nice Christians out there, as Jesus was. And not the Nazi-Christian youth kind that Razi is hoping to create with this and similar statements.
The truth is we simply cannot tolerate these kind of outbursts, anymore than we can tolerate mainstream racism.
And as you enjoy your Christmases (and – unlike Ratzi the Nazi) – I do wish EVERYONE a very happy Christmas, regardless of race, religion and beliefs!) I hope that at least some of the few, true Christians will recognise the love we must have – which must extend beyond what we find acceptable, just as Jesus taught in The Bible.
Nobody chooses to be this way – I did not ask to be different and my life would have been so much easier if I could have been ‘normal’. So many times I have wondered ‘why me?’. Why would God create someone like me if he didn’t love me, or if I was an abomination. People are free to choose religion as someone might choose the morning paper. But people do not choose how they feel.
For all transgendered folk, gay people or anyone who feels threatened or as outraged as I do by this fascist bastards words, I wish to offer one of the most comforting things I think I’ve ever heard Jesus say. It is important for us to remember that gender wasn’t understood as well as it is now, and that eunuchs in those days covered a broader spectrum that we might now say is made up of transgendered people, or people who are gay (lack natural urges towards women, and are born as homosexual) but also refers to those who abstain from sex for any other reason. And this was said by Jesus to Moses:
Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made eunuchs by men; and others have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Pope Benedict, I ask you to read this passage carefully. This evidence I put before you comes from the Word of God, and has not been twisted by the hand of man, as your message has.To all Christians this Christmas- do not be afraid to thinkfor yourselves, do not be afraid to readThe Bible,and ask questions of anything you do not understand. There are many people who claim to be doing good, but have their own agenda, and their own man-made institutions to support ideas which should be free to even the poorest among us.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and may 2009 be more full of love, understanding and tolerance!