Somehow, The Advocate, one of the leading publications for the gay community, got the idea that Pope Benedict XVI was attacking same-sex marriage. In an article entitled "Same-Sex Marriage Endangers Humanity, Says Pope", author Trudy Ring wrote the following:
In some of his strongest antigay rhetoric yet, Pope Benedict XVI said today that same-sex marriage threatens “the future of humanity itself.”
The Catholic pontiff made the comment in his annual State of the World address to the diplomats from about 180 nations who are assigned to the Vatican, Reuters reports. He said the traditional family, “based on the marriage of a man and a woman,” 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.”
Fortunately, the Vatican Information Service published numerous extracts of the Holy Father's address, enough so we can find out exactly what he said. Here's the applicable paragraph:
"Education is a crucial theme for every generation, for it determines the healthy development of each person and the future of all society. ... In addition to a clear goal, that of leading young people to a full knowledge of reality and thus of truth, education needs settings. Among these, pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. 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. ... There is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue. It is in the family that we become open to the world and to life. ... In this context of openness to life, I note with satisfaction the recent sentence of the Court of Justice of the European Union forbidding patenting processes relative to human embryonic stem cells, as well as the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemning prenatal selection on the basis of sex. More generally, and with particular reference to the West, I am convinced that legislative measures which not only permit but at times even promote abortion for reasons of convenience or for questionable medical motives compromise the education of young people and, as a result, the future of humanity.
Nowhere in this paragraph is the phrase "same-sex marriage" mentioned, and CatholicCulture.org, which has access to the full address, confirms that same-sex marriage wasn't mentioned. All Pope Benedict XVI did was to refer to marriage from within the context of the customary definition -- one man, one woman. Thus The Advocate lied about the Pope, and unfortunately a number of people posting comments to The Advocate have been taken in and unnecessarily stirred up by the lie.
This is not the first time the gay lobby has misrepresented or lied about public remarks by prominent people, and Catholics are not the only Christians victimized. Lunatic fringe gay Republican Presidential candidate Fred Karger has repeatedly lied about Mormonism and Mitt Romney. He falsely claims that as U.S. President, Mitt Romney would not turn down a call from the LDS First Presidency because he's been an obedient, faithful Mormon his whole life. Karger has also falsely stated that the LDS Church is working to stop Huntsman from being nominated in order to better guarantee Romney's chances. However, Karger provides absolutely NO OBJECTIVE OR EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE supporting his allegations; they're just a bunch of slippery-slope connect-the-dot assumptions.
In contrast, we have this unequivocal statement of political neutrality from the LDS Church in which they assert that they do not endorse, promote or oppose specific political parties, candidates or platforms, they don't attempt to direct or dictate to a government leader, and note that "While the Church may communicate its views to them, as it may to any other elected official, it recognizes that these officials still must make their own choices based on their best judgment and with consideration of the constituencies whom they were elected to represent".
Because I'm a resident of Anchorage, and a proposed gay nondiscrimination initiative is on the April 2012 municipal election ballot, I can get even instead of getting mad. I intend to vote No on the initiative to send a message to the gay community that they cannot abuse, misrepresent, and lie about us 364 days per year and then expect us to vote their way on election day. Life just doesn't work that way; only a masochist would enable his oppressors.