Pope Benedict XVI

Peter Tatchell, from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group OutRage!, has described Pope Benedict XVI’s claim that saving humanity from homosexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction as “bizarre”.

“By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities,” said Tatchell.

He was responding to the Pope’s recent comments which were made to cardinals and senior staff in an end of year address to the Vatican’s central administration.

“The suggestion that gay people are a threat to human survival is absurd and dangerous. It is poisonous propaganda that will give comfort and succour to queer-bashers everywhere,” said Tatchell.

In his address, the Pope affirmed the “nature of the human being as man and woman” and said that the Church called for “this order of creation [to] be respected.”

He warned that a “blurring” of genders could lead to the end of the human race.

“Homosexuality is a part of human ecology. It has existed in all cultures in every epoch. At a time of global over-population, by not having children gay couples contribute to population stabilisation and thereby reduce pressure on over-strained natural resources. We are an ecological asset to humanity,” said Tatchell

“The Vatican’s continued rejection of a modern scientific understanding of homosexuality is a throw-back to the Dark Ages. It defies rationality and compassion,” said the activist.

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