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A Bit Less Deformation please, GLAAD

According to Wikipedia,

“GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organisation founded by LGBT people in the media.” 

And yes it’s quite apparent that defamation is off the radar at GLAAD these days. On their website, an article dated October 17 stated –

“Raymond Burke, … was interviewed by LifeSiteNews, an anti-LGBT news site …”

And then on October 20, they published another article online, with a title that began –

“Vatican scraps inclusion of LGBT people …”

So errr same-sex-attracted people cant work at the Vatican now? Or cant visit the Vatican? No, neither interpretation of the headline is correct. The level of inclusion of LGBT people by the Vatican is basically the same as it’s been for centuries. So long as LGBT people do not actually engage in homosexual sex, they are included much the same as anyone else. This is not the case for those wishing to enter the priesthood, but that is not what the GLAAD article was about.

No, what we have hear is GLAAD portraying traditional Christian/Catholic values in a particularly negative light. A misleadingly negative light, even. Both LifeSiteNews and the Vatican hold to standard Catholic teaching that while homosexual relations are sinful, gay people “must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” The approach taken by GLAAD is particularly surprising given that their director of news describes himself as a Christian.

It’s an overstatement lacking in nuance, to describe LifeSiteNews as an anti-LGBT news site. And the same is the case for the claim that the Vatican does not include LGBT people.

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