Italian Catholic priest Rev. Vitaliano Della Sala, poses with two gay people at the Gay Pride parade in Rome in this July 8, 2000 file photo. Rev. Vitaliano has been removed as pastor of his parish in Sant'Angelo a Scala, near Avellino in southern Italy a
It was, famously, the love that dared not speak its name. Now the word "homosexual" is to disappear altogether as part of a new government drive to promote equality in the workplace.
After complaints from groups that found the word offensive and outdated, Barbara Roche, the Equalities minister, has decided it should be replaced in forthcoming anti-discrimination legislation.
Draft regulations, which are certain to become law by December 2003, instead use the phrase "orientation towards people of the same sex" to define gays and lesbians. The new law will for the first time make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or prospective employee on the ground of sexuality.
The issue first arose when the minister asked for opinions on her plans to protect people who were discriminated at work because of their "homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual" nature. Gay lobby groups,...
"...God gave them up unto vile affections: FOR EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE: AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER; MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that THEY WHICH COMMIT SUCH THINGS ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:26-32).
Sound familiar? This very thing is going on today....