God, gays, and — oh, the hypocrisy

God, gays, and — oh, the hypocrisy

You know, so many people are excited by this mayor Pete, he with the last name I don’t dare pronounce, for being a politician who seems like a genuine human being and who checks off all the right boxes (educated, military, speaks a bunch of languages, Christian, gay). I guess it’s a sign of the times, and not a happy sign at that, that politicians who seem like genuine human beings are so rare they make the news.

I like Mayor Pete’s candidacy, so far, and as far as I know. Like most people with an interest in American politics that is vastly bigger than my actual knowledge of American politics, I find him charming and refreshing. But you know, I’ve been burned before.

Back in 2008, I was hugely enthusiastic about Sarah Palin, because I have a soft spot for tough women, especially working mothers. I thought she was cool — not entirely my cuppa, what with her religious fervour and all, but you know. I liked the idea of her a lot.

Yes, obviously, that was before she started talking so much. Then, well, yeesh.

So. Not comparing Mayor Pete to the barracuda from Alaska, just pointing out that early fawning can sometimes lead to embarrassing climbdowns. So while I observe with interest, I refrain from clapping too early or too loud.

Go ahead and call me chicken if you like. But you shouldn’t, because I’m about to get off the fence.

One thing Mayor Pete has been criticized for is claiming to be a Christian who’s also openly gay — unless it’s the other way round. Apparently some Christians (not, thank goodness, all Christians, but enough of the loud ones) do not believe it’s possible to be both. They also do not believe that anyone else’s interpretation of the Bible is correct. I’d bet you they also believe life ought to be more like in the Bible than according to the Constitution. But whatever, free country, freedom of speech, etc.

Now I scratch my head pretty hard because, see, I was raised among “Catholics” in Quebec and I have personally known more than a handful of gay priests. But don’t stop at my own anecdotal evidence: Look at the number of Catholic priests who have been convicted of sexually abusing boys or young men. It’s more than a handful, too.

If one cannot be at once gay and Christian, why won’t the Pope force his gay priests to “repent” a little harder, for instance by not ever molesting another boy?

I’m often asked why I despise religion so much. That’s such an easy question: because it is too often used as a substitute for thinking and reasoning. And in cases like this one, if you’ll forgive the maladroit metaphor, it’s also used to mask the huge beam stuck in the eyeball of people like Franklin Graham.

So, you go Mayor Pete. Be you, all the way. Just don’t crush my hopes, please.

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