America’s Deadly Obsession with Guns

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  1. Victor Victoria says:

    Mr Magliano can insist that his ideological constructs be accepted as “fact” … the very stuff of divine revelation … although it is hilarious that he has to rely on footnotes to a particular edition of the English translation of the Holy Writ in a frantic effort to try and illustrate his point. (He should perhaps familiarize himself with the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The interpretation of the Bible in the Church” … which has such advice as “Fundamentalism likewise tends to adopt very narrow points of view … Its relying upon a non-critical reading of certain texts of the Bible serves to reinforce political ideas and social attitudes that are marked by prejudices—racism, for example—quite contrary to the Christian Gospel.”)

    Yes, Mr Magliano can insist on his interpretation being the black and white of divine revelation … but to do so in an article written less than a week after the wicked hate-crime massacre of LGBT folk in Orlando smacks of a grave insensitivity! All the more so since it comes from the pen of an alleged social justice and peace columnist! The present article is blatantly, flagrantly an apologist’s attempt to protect organized religion from due criticism and scrutiny in the wake of a despicable hate crime. With scant evidence of any empathy with the 49 gay kids who were butchered in cold blood. Shame on you, Mr Magliano!!!

    Mr Magliano is at pains to illustrate that the Catholic Church doesn’t hurt gay people … and yet, we all know that the rate of suicide ideation among LGBT kids is far higher than among the general population. Is Mr Magliano not even a little curious as to whether teachings about the “objective disorder” of the gay orientation (oops … that is, the same-sex-attracted inclination) might lead to the low self-esteem and depression that in turn can lead to such youngsters taking their own lives? Surely this social justice and peace columnist must wonder whether talk that same-sex love relationships are “intrinsically evil” and never to be condoned might have something to do with LGBT youngsters tending to be more likely to be faced with a sense of hopelessness and worthlessness, perhaps in turn leading to well above average suicide ideation? In the US, up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBT … many (no, not a small number … many) being thrown out of their Christian households because of their God-given sexual orientation. In Malawi, the Catholic bishops’ allegedly-pastoral reflection on Amoris Laetitia calls for the continued criminalization of gay love relationships. Does Mr Magliano think that this is just … an ideal to be implemented across the world by all civil law?

    Elsewhere we read that “Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist” … perhaps he will condescend, one day, to set aside his ideological baggage and deign to actually speak with some LGBT folk, and perhaps even try and write a column on LGBT social justice … that’s if he can leave his prurient focus on sex aside for more than a minute.

  2. Victor Victoria says:

    Perhaps the Southern Cross will permit this link to be published … it is a link to an article that will stand as an excellent counterweight to Mr Magliano’s biased article above.


    In this article, we read that “The church’s official doctrine and the practice of most of its bishops (and too many religious superiors) do exactly what normal people would never do to their prized plants or beloved pets. They put us in closets and do all they can to keep us there.

    And they do much worse than that, as Bishop Robert Lynch of St Petersburg, Florida, recently had the courage to point out.

    “Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people,” he said in response to the June 12 massacre that killed 49 people at a LGBT dance club in nearby Orlando.”