Despite the fact that many Catholic clergy are themselves homosexuals (see The Michelangelo Code), the Pope continues to preach against homosexuality. The Catholic Church also continues to oppose contraception, even though the use of condoms could save millions of lives in AIDS-ravaged Africa. Just two reasons that the NoToPope coalition will be protesting the Pope's visit to Sydney for World Youth Day.
Opponents of the Pope's visit to Australia are requesting legal advice about the prospects of challenging the widely ridiculed "thou shalt not offend" laws, that will see people protesting the Pope's visit slapped with $5000 fines. "After the heavy handed APEC debacle, you'd think the NSW Government would at least accept public dissent to this tax payer funded religious circus, rather than try and silence it with this over the top approach. Only the most hardened right-wing conservatives would describe these laws as fair. Any reasonable Austalian would describe them as offensive and unjust", says Rachel Evans of the NoToPope coalition.
"Part of being a Christian is accepting different points of view. Even the teachings of the Catholic Church uphold human rights, civil liberties and freedom of speech. This approach from the NSW government is straight from Emperor Nero's book," said Kristian Bolwell from the Coalition.
Members of the NoToPope Coalition - which include atheist groups as well as the Metropolitan Community Church - will stand up for their rights and march, as planned, along the Mardi Gras route, and hand out condoms to young people at Moore Park. "We will protect our civil liberties, and help young people to protect their health, and no Pope or Premier will stop us" said Rachel Evans.
For more information visit the NoToPope website by clicking View button below.