:: Tuesday, 12 October 2004 ::
"The very idea of disputing the freedom of conscience and opinion of a commissioner of Catholic faith, contesting his own secular distinction between morality and law, smells of fundamentalism if not obscurantism,"
Whoo hoo. Berlusconi going in to bat for one of his more Popish appointees who cares not for the poofs.
I care for them a lot. And I am proud of my daddy, Gino, who was exactly the same as the Popish anti-poof guy in Italy until Pa met Pasquale - or Pasqualina as my Pa preferred to call him - whom Pa considered a good bloke who just happened to be gay.
And a really good cook.
So there. Prejudice shrunk.
Not all gone, mind you. But vanished enough that Pasqualina knew not to be offended at his girlie moniker cos no offence was ever intended by my Pa. In fact the opposite was intended - just fondness and a noticing of difference, you know what I mean?.
See, you cannot vanish a Popish guy's views and frankly you should not want to. You should just aim to make sure those views do not lead to anything- any badness, any discrimination, any hurt.
So I reckon Berli is right - a man is entitled to his anti-gay views. But they had better not interfere with his work. Cos if they do, then gloves come off. Discrimination is not on. But noticing is okay. And having a view is okay.
Lord how the EU just likes to get into folks' heads and legislate their thoughts.
:: WB 4:24 am [link+] ::