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Houston Voice, April 8, 2005 - File 011. 2005-04-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4133/show/4118.

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Title Houston Voice, April 8, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 8, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION ExecutlwEtltor CHRIS CRAIN Edtor BINNIE FISHER Con-espondents BRYAN ANDERTON. DYANA BAGBY LOU CHIBBARO, JR.. JOE CREA, MUBARAK DAHIR, LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN, MIKE FLEMING, MATTHEW HENNIE, JOHNNY HOOKS. PHIL LAPADULA. RYAN LEE, BRIAN MOY- LAN. KEVIN NAFF. YUSEF NAJAFI, KEN SAIN, RHONDA SMITH, STEVE WEINSTEIN, ANOYZEFFER CociMnitors DON MAINES. ELLA TYtER, SHANA NICHOLSON, J.A CHAPMAN. AND ANAS BEN- MUSA Pttottxjrapheis DALTON DEHART KIMBERLY THOMPSON JAMES NEAL ARAMVARTIAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION General Manager JASON WILSON iwilsoniarhoustonvoice.com Sales Executive DAVID TRUONG - dtruongiatKHistonvoicecom Classified Sales / Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS - jhooks ahoustonvorce.com National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 LL ~ A Window MidifuWication Publisher- WINDOW MEDIA LLC President- WILLIAM WAYBOURN Editorial Director- CHRIS CRAIN Corporate Controller- BARNETTE HOLSTON Art Director-ROB BOEGER Director of Operations- MIKE KITCHENS Director of Sales- STEVEN GUERRINI Director of Classified Sales- NATHAN REGAN Marketing Manager - RON ROMANSKI rass- idSS thediaiijer CHARTER MEMBER Established 1974 as the r\fontrvse Star. 500 Lovett Blvd. Surte 200 Houston, Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 Fax:(713)529-9531 wvvwiwustonvo4ce.coni Office hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays To submit a letter Letters should be fewer than 400 words We reserve the right to edit for content and length. We will withhold names upon request but you must include your name and phone number for v-errfication. Please send mail to Houston voice, 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to editor ahc-ustonvoicejcom. Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Voice. All material m Houston Voce is, protected by federal copyright law and may not be reproduced without the ■arnrten consent of Houston Voice The sexual orientation ol advertisers, photographer-,, writers and cartoon is t*. published tier em is neither inferred or mpked- The appearance of names or pictorial representation does not necessarily imScate the sexual orientation of that person or persons Houston Votce accepts unsolicited editorial material but cannot tate responsibility for its return. The editor reserves the noht to accept, reject or edit any submission. Alt rights rtwrt to authors upon puWcat-on Gu-detmrs (or freelance contniwtors are jwilabl-? upon request. Forum HOUSTON VOICE APRIL 8, 2005 PAGE 10 editorial A papal smear Against the torrent of media coverage of the pope as much-beloved, we should not forget the human cost of his policies on gays and condom use. By CHRIS CRAIN T WAS LIKE RONALD Reagan all over again. For the second time in less than a year, we have witnessed a tremendous outpouring of grief and love for a major historical figure whose record on HIV/AIDS and the treatment of gay people was disturbing, at best. Except this time the mourning masses and fawning media coverage has been worldwide, not nationwide, and the historical record is downright pernicious, rather than unforgivably neglectful. We all knew Ronald Reagan, even if he wasn't a friend of ours, and Pope John Paul II was no Ronald Reagan. Where the former president responded in an irresponsibly slow manner in the early years of HIV/AIDS, the former pope actively blocked HIV prevention in an unconscionable fashion. Where President Reagan largely ignored early attempts to enact gay rights legislation, Pope John Paul heartlessly campaigned against gays and their families. The laudable role played by the Polish pope in bringing down the totalitarian communist states of Eastern Europe has been told and retold countless times since his death. But as was the case in the days following the death of the former president, the media has reduced to passing mention — or ignored entirely — the former pope's controversial record on the issues of particular importance to gays. THERE ARE VARIOUS THEORIES about why this pope was so aggressively regressive in his views about sex in general, and homosexuality in particular. Some say he had been sheltered in Poland by the Iron Curtain from the growing scientific, psychological and social understanding of homosexuality and the aspirations of gay people. Others argue that he was more concerned about re-establishing authoritarian order in a church whose believers had largely rejected Vatican teaching on sex. Like all priests and nuns who take a vow of chastity, he was uniquely unequipped to plum the complex depths of human sexuality in any meaningful fashion. Whatever his reasons, his record is clear. John Paul II inherited Roman Catholic doctrine that viewed "homosexual acts" as "intrinsically disordered," and he quickly expanded that insulting label to mere "homosexual attraction" as well. In the face of a universally recognized population explosion of crisis proportions, and the global pandemic of AIDS that was killing millions and orphaning tens of millions, this pope adhered to traditional Catholic dogma that the use of condoms is a sin. And more than that, he used the influence of the church, especially as it grew in the Third World countries of Africa and elsewhere, to discourage condom use, and to block HIV prevention programs that dared to differ. The human cost of those choices will be tallied for generations, but it's already clear the body count for which John Paul bears responsibility is far larger than the several million who have flocked to Rome to pay him last respects. IN THE LATTER YEARS OF HIS papacy, John Paul II aggressively breached the wall between church and state and lobbied Western governments against treating gays equally under civil law. This campaign came even as a shocking scandal of sexual abuse by priests, facilitated by the active neglect of the Vatican, was proving once more that the Roman Catholic leadership lacked basic understanding of adult sexual behavior. Any non-religious institution facing such clear evidence of misguided thinking, negligent oversight and active cover-up would have been so thoroughly discredited that its views on anything related to human sexuality would be rejected out of hand. But Pope John Paul n, after only addressing the issue directly a handful of times and acting in baby steps only after the outcry was impossible to ignore, was undaunted. Rather than retreat to reconsider whether centuries-old thinking about sexuality and celibacy caused or contributed to the crisis, the pope's spokesman joined a chorus of cardinals and bishops blaming the inexcusable sexual abuse of boys and teenage males on — you guessed it — gay priests and homosexuality. If the pope were Jewish, such scape- goating might quality as chutzpah of epic proportions. As he was not, the more Catholic description of "intrinsically dis ordered" or "evil" seems more apt. Whether as a distraction or because the arrogance of papal "infallibility" knows no bounds, Pope John Paul continued until his dying months to attack any effort to lend civil legal recognition to gay couples, even though doing so would expand health insurance coverage and ' ensure a more stable home and protected future for children raised in gay families. THE PRESS EVENTUALLY GOT AROUND to filling in the dark side of Ronald Reagan's legacy and there's every reason to believe they'll do so with this pope as well, especially as the cardinals meet to choose his successor Hopefully the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and our other advocacy groups won't lose their voices for fear of offending "people of faith," everyone's favorite post-election focus group. Don't expect the next Roman Catholic pontiff to hand down or even allow a more tolerant posture on gays or condoms, much less apologize for John Paul's shameful record. The Vatican waited until 1992 to finally apologize for forcing Galileo to recant his view that the earth revolved around the sun, and it was eight years later before" John Paul apologized for two millennia of Catholic Church actions that mocked the teachings of Jesus Christ. If we are to challenge religious tenets like those of the Roman Catholic Church, we should be direct and straightforward. So far, gay rights groups have joined Democrats in ceaseless talk about "having conversations" with people of faith, which comes off sounding like an especially meaningless episode of "Oprah." Catholic and non-Catholic heterosexuals need to understand that the church's teaching on homosexual sex is essentially the same as their own sexual behavior: Every act is sinful unless specifically intended to pro-create; that means no marital sex for pleasure and no condoms or birth control. Because our homosexual behavior can never have that aim, and our "homosexual attraction" is recognized to be "innate," gays are to be entirely chaste: no love, no sex, no nothing. Even Catholic priests, who at least can marry the church, have proven incapable of living up to that restriction. The Catholic doctrine on homosexuality is indefensible, and when it is fully explained, is completely out of step with accepted modern ideas about human sexuality Sometimes it takes a few good funerals for real progress, but don't expect the burial of Pope John Paul II help the blind men in charge at the Vatican to finally see. Chris Crain is it executive editor of the Houston Voice and can be reached at txrdk}(^\ous\omaiL^jiym
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