Speaking to an international delegation of diplomats from 180 countries yesterday, the Pope made a truly insane statement—even for the Catholic church.
Employing the contagion argument used by narrow-minded parents in American towns who think the adoptive children of gay parents will somehow be turned gay and thus turn their own kids gay by proximity in schools, the Pope argued that future of humanity itself is threatened by gay marriage.
Insisting again that marriage is intended to be between a man and a woman, he said: “This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”
What the Pope is proposing here is that if gay marriage were sanctified globally, the world would transmogrify into a childless wasteland, sort of like the one depicted in “Children of Men,” except in this version there would be a reason no new babies are being born: because everyone has turned gay.
To take seriously the idea that gay marriage is a “threat to the future of humanity” requires one to assume that allowing gay people to marry each other would cause all men and women to stop having sex and producing babies. This is just another way of proposing that if left to their own devices everyone would be gay.
The church’s insistence on heterosexual marriage is usually characterized as just old-fashioned, but this is something else. At best it’s a hopelessly misguided worry and at worst a paranoid delusion on a scale so large that it comes across as completely insane. It’s easily as crazy-sounding as Scientology’s genesis myth. Then again, as Bill Maher has pointed out, every religion’s craziness somehow gets normalized after enough time goes by.
Crazy. And yet, did one member of the delegation from 180 countries stand up and call it crazy? Nope. It’s a scary world, folks—and not because it’s about to run out of babies.