Yes, the “pot calling the kettle black” argument is a tempting one, but I think it actually weakens my point. Even if the Catholic Church were not responsible for atrocities over the centuries, even if no priest had ever diddled an altar boy and no bishop had ever covered up for it, the Church’s teachings about LGBTQ people would still rise to the level of vile hate speech.

Stigmatizing minorities, teaching hundreds of millions of children all over the world that innocent LGBTQ people are “depraved,” “disordered,” and “morally evil” is horrifyingly wrong on its face.

If your average person on the street said things like that about people, they’d be shamed and shouted down. We must do the same with religious leaders. Religion is no excuse for bigotry.

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James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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