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TMZ has audio of Hutton Gibson, Mel Gibson’s father, calling in to a radio show and saying that Pope Benedict XVI is gay. As in homosexual. TMZ has the recording; here is a partial transcript.
The elder Mr. Gibson called “the Political Cesspool Radio Program to discuss the issues involving the Catholic Church,” according to TMZ.
When asked by the host if the Catholic Church had “become politicized…so that it was no longer able to take on controversial issues like homosexuality,” or if perhaps they were simply “unwilling to do so,” Hutton Gibson replied: “It’s not willing to do so because half of the people there in the Vatican are queer.”
Gibson added that they (presumably the gay people in the church hierarchy) have “fostered it” (gay stuff?) because they want to “destroy the church.”
In the recording posted at TMZ.com, Gibson is asked by the host about the involvement of the Freemasons in the church’s supposed demise. When Pope Benedict’s name came up, Gibson said, “He’s one of them. He was the one that influenced the last four… the last four anti-popes.” When asked if Benedict could be a Freemason, Gibson says, “I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.”
And finally, the money shot:
Host: Now I’m going to ask you a very controversial question. Do you think that Benedict is a homosexual?
Hutton Gibson: I certainly do. Why else would he put up with this? He was in charge of stamping it out. And he did nothing. He just kept quiet. Keep things quiet, don’t do anything. We don’t want to disturb anybody.
Hutton Gibson also says that the Pope is a “slippery character” who is now going to “get behind the thing he’s always scorned.” Make up your own joke.
WOW. I thought I had daddy issues. And I do. But, um. WOW.
- This will probably be the only time that I slightly agree with Hutton Gibson. It was wrong of the Church to keep what appears to have been rampant sexual abuse among the preisthood under wraps. That’s kind of a minor point in all of this, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
- Can you imagine if this guy was your father? Unless you moved out at a very young age, what are the odds that you wouldn’t end up a nutjob?
- Anti-Popes would be a good name for a band.
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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now and after writing this post on Babble about Dick Cheney’s stance on the issue I decided to go a little further.
Here’s my question: how is it that this is an issue at all?
Let me explain. I think anyone who wants to get married should be able to do so. Radical, I know. Because who cares? The borscht-belt-esque joke of “if gay people want to suffer the same as us straights, I say go ahead” isn’t all that funny but that’s right. Please. Get married. Have a party. If it’s someplace fun, invite me. If I can get a babysitter, I’m there.
I have a friend who says that she can’t understand how anyone can be against gays getting married. What’s the problem, she says. My answer is always the same: religion. At the core of every gay marriage protester is “God Gave Adam Eve, Not Steve”. When politicians say that they believe that “marriage is between a man and a woman” but are in favor of civil unions, they mean that they don’t care if people get together and reap the benefits of a “union”, but they don’t want that union to be recognized by their church. (This is President Barack Obama’s stated position, although I personally think that’s just what he thinks he needs to say politically.)
So here’s my point. Why is it an issue what a religious organzation does? Wasn’t the United States founded, in part, on the “separation of church and state”? With that in mind, isn’t it weird that religious people have any say at all when it comes to this matter? If you get married before a Justice of the Peace, that’s a legal marriage. End of story. There is no reason why that marriage can’t be between two men or two women. Whether or not you have a church/temple/mosque wedding is irrelevant.
One way to go, of course, would be to pass a law saying that religious marriages are no longer recognized by the government. THAT would go over big.
It’s the classic story. You know how it goes.
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It’s like a ShamWow, but for your SOUL. Get it?
My oldest son (hereafter referred to as “Thing 1″) received a CD-ROM of games from his computer class at school. On it was a little amusement called Smite Thee, in which you are God (looking like Zeus) and you either zap non-believers with lightning bolts or ‘bless’ your followers. The non-believers look like monks and move in to steal pieces of your temple. Once they do, the game is over.
Thing 1 tells me that they wouldn’t let him play this at school “because it shows God being mean to people. God isn’t mean to people, is he, dad?”
PS: the kid doesn’t go to Our Lady of Perpetual Wealth or Ye Olde Jewy Shul, just your basic elite private school. Got me thinking: what the he… sorry, the h-e-double hockey sticks are they teaching him there?
It gets better. While he’s playing, he calls out, “No one’s getting my temple yet, dad!” And my personal favorite: “I AM GOD!” Zap! Thunderbolt! A believer! Bless him! Anoit his head with oil! (Actually, there is no anoiting nor is there oil, but isn’t that the next step?)
This isn’t Pat Robertson territory, but still, it’s slightly disturbing. I can’t even imagine what my mother would have said if I’d brought home a game like this. Of course, it would have been with playing cards, but still.