A Glass of Sass

The Catholic War on Gays

Posted by on January 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm » 28 Comments

When does the right to freedom of religious expression become an act of war? 



Whenever Pope Benedict XVI opens his mouth. 



In recent months the Pope has done everything he can to dehumanize those in the LGBTQ community and, by his actions, advocate for their death. 

Benedict has stated that gays are “not fully formed humans”. He has stated that gays are “a threat to world peace”. He has called gay marriage a “threat to humanity’s future”. He has publicly blessed Rebecca Kadaga, the Ugandan law maker who managed to push through the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. Benedict has denounced gay adoption, stating that “no one has a right to a child” and children should grown up in a traditional marriage with a mother and father. And just recently the Catholic church in The United Kingdom declared that equal rights for gay couples are an infringement on the religious rights of Catholics and a form of discrimination against the faithful.

Dear Catholics: your right to religious freedom ends the moment those rights infringe upon the rights of others. The moment your Pope declared war on the LGBTQ community is the moment those rights should have come to an end in Canada and specifically in the Province of Alberta.



There is no arguing that the Roman Catholic Pope is the very portrait of homophobia, and although some would argue that he has a legal right to spread his message of hatred, the question must be asked in Alberta why our government is so willing to fund a school board that supports this hatred, this outright advocation for gay genocide. By what measure is the continued funneling of tax payer dollars to a school board with a curriculum in keeping with a religious organization that pays no tax dollars while spreading hatred world wide acceptable to any of us? 



It’s time the Government of Alberta addressed this issue. Because while Premier Alison Redford may show up at Pride in Edmonton, while she denounces the social conservatives in the Wildrose Party, while gender reassignment surgery is now covered by Alberta Healthcare, she is not addressing the daily issues faced by the LGBTQ community – the continued rationalization by those on the religious right that attacks on LGBTQ persons are somehow okay with their God, condoned by their church or by that picture of homophobia and gay hatred, Pope Benedict XVI. 



Alison, your hypocrisy is showing. And we don’t like the colour of it.

Furthermore, this government’s refusal to protect gay students and teachers in the recent overhaul of The Alberta Education act is an affront to every person in this province. Their flimsy, myopic statement that education in Alberta “Should contribute to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment” is a bandaid on a cancer and is entirely meaningless in light of the continued war on the LGBTQ community. 


It’s time this government addressed the public funding of any private or religious school in this province that condones such outright hatred and lies. We as taxpayers should demand a complete overhaul of The Alberta Education Act, demand that our tax dollars no longer go to any school fronted or supported by or based on a theology that does not acknowledge the equality of all Canadians, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender. The Education Act is being used as an instrument to discriminate and therefore is not acceptable and contradicts the Charter of Rights of this country – a Charter that states all Canadians are equal.



Hatred doesn’t deserve our tax dollars, regardless of how fine a garment it wears. End the funding of the war on the LGBTQ community.

  • http://twitter.com/YEGPrideCentre Pride Centre of Edm

    People should take their money out of the collection plate and instead donate to a queer community group! 

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    THANK YOU! I could not agree more!

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/tRPShow RyanPainterShow

    All I have to say about this is SMACKDOWN! 

    Might I add, the vestments and that huge hat are pretty fab. Maybe the Pope is suffering from a bit of a guilty conscience?

  • http://twitter.com/KelWoolsey Kelly Woolsey

    Thank you for stepping up like this, your voice carries considerable weight and is a breath of fresh air to this issue.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    I’ve always said he is one Diana Ross singalong away from being a full fledged Queen.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    Thank you for taking the time to read. It’s a difficult subject in the Province of Alberta, but one that needs to be addressed.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/EMB428 Eileen

    Thank you for this! I am sick to death of religion promoting hatred and defending their actions as freedom of speech and/or religion. The most worrisome aspect of this is the increasingly strident tone we are hearing from some of these churches. They are emboldened and have no fear of sanction. That feels to me as if we are moving backwards and that’s not a good place to be as a society. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    Thank you, Eileen. In my humble opinion it would be hypocritical of me to have called out the WRP on their conscience rights policy and then ignore the PCAA’s own hypocrisy with the overhaul of the Education Act and continued funding of the Catholic School Board. I really appreciate your taking the time to read, sharing, and commenting.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynne-Kaiser/724085655 Lynne Kaiser

    Not just the Catholic School Board but the entire Alberta School Boards Association, they voted down a resolution brought forth by the Edmonton Public School Board advocating a provincial call for policy to protect LGBT Students and staff.

  • DarrenMarkland

    That the right to have a separate school board is afforded to only Protestants and Catholics is archaic and bordering on a human rights violation. This was brought up in Ontario in the late 90s by the UN as such. As populations change we either need to include other religions fairly in this arrangement or focus our efforts on strong secular schools teaching a strong curricula.

  • EgoAnt

    I think that too many people / organizations in the world think that “freedom of speech” and “freedom from consequences” are the same thing. Freedom of speech means you have the right to express opinions without censorship or restraint. But if what you are spouting is hate it doesn’t say people can’t pass laws that disagree with you.

  • http://twitter.com/anbayanyay Life of rho (sequel)

    When you fart in church, you have to sit in your own pew. When the preacher farts in church, he stinks up the whole place. Until people vote with their wallets and their feet when their preacher gets all hate-speechy, he will continue to speak hatefully. Let them speak to empty congregations for no money and they’ll learn. Otherwise we are in for neverending clashes of religion against various groups that seem weak enough to poke with a stick.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    I cannot like this comment enough. Very well said!

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/bukczynski Maciej Bukczynski

    The pope also said:
    “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.”

    But that won’t get any press. The fact is, that almost everything presented in media today about the church 

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    It won’t be seen in the media because you’ve managed to take out of context words written by Pope Benedict back in 1986 when he was still just Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
    The mere fact that you felt the need to take an out of context section of the letter without providing the rest of the letter or the link to it rather proves my point.
    Here is the statement, in it’s entirety:
    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19861001_homosexual-persons_en.html

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/bukczynski Maciej Bukczynski

    If you truly care about what the Catholic church actually believes on such topics, I challenge you to actually source material which provides full context, rather than pieces from media which already takes your side of things. 

    http://www.zenit.org/article-36233?l=english
    “Rebecca Kadaga was one of thousands filtering by the Pope for a greeting, and according to the Vatican, “relations with the delegation were not outside the normal framework and there was no blessing…The group of Ugandan delegates greeted the Pope, as did many other persons who attended the audience with the Pope, which in no case is a specific sign of approval of the actions or proposals of Ms. Kadaga…””

    Besides, the Pope blesses everyone who comes for a blessing. 
    “Who the hell is in greater need of a blessing than a woman considering defying the teachings of the Catholic Church and risking the salvation of her eternal soul by allowing evil to reign in her country?
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2013/01/the-disgrace-of-papal-blessing-for-ugandan-homophobia.html

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    Then if you so desire, ignore that aspect of the piece. Still doesn’t negate the Pope’s war on LGBTQ persons nor the countless other statements he’s made. Should you wish to be a Catholic apologist, such is your choices. That doesn’t require the tax payer of Alberta to fund the propagating of a faith that doesn’t see LGBTQ persons as equal by it’s holy leader’s own admission.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/stratyos Stratyos

    I think it’d be helpful if you could find the full text of the Christmas speech in which the pope made his remarks about gays? I could only find this one, which doesn’t talk about it at all: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Official+Vatican+text+pope+Christmas+message/7742291/story.html

  • http://twitter.com/stratyos Stratyos

    P.S. I’m not defending the pope, just want to form my own conclusions.

  • http://twitter.com/EMB428 Eileen

    I wish it were so easy. Here in central Alberta at least, all too often that preacher is telling his congregation what they want to hear. Note I said “his”, because most of these churches do not allow women in to leadership positions, either on boards or ministerial. I know of one congregation that voted to split from the main church because the national church approved gay marriage. What I will never ever understand is why they see fit to try and impose their beliefs on others. It should be enough for anyone to say, “I think that is wrong so I won’t do it”.Let the next person sort his/her stuff out with God.

  • http://twitter.com/bukczynski Maciej Bukczynski

    Sorry, I hit the “Post” prematurely on that one while trying to figure out how to log in. My point is simply this: The church has gone to great lengths over the years to document in writing everything it stands for and believes. What you see in the media is usually based on a tiny fragment of text without the full context, based on an inaccurate understanding of the church’s position in the first place.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    Then why engage in the exact same behaviour you accuse the media of by posting an out of context quote as opposed to linking to the entire letter?
    Again, regardless of that, it doesn’t nullify what Benedict has said about LGBTQ persons and his continued war against them. If you wish to support that, defend that or act as an apologist for the Pope, the Vatican or Catholicism, be my guest. No one is buying the “but the Catholic Church is different everywhere” argument anymore.
    Oddly enough, at no point in your argument have you stated that you decry the Pope’s statements or his attacks. Which is quite telling in and of itself.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/bukczynski Maciej Bukczynski

    Re the “fully developed humans” bit, he said that the Church must “promote those values that permit the full development of the human person.” To understand this, one must attempt to understand what the church understands “development of the human person” to be. It may be an unpopular opinion, but is certainly not hatred. You and the Pope obviously have contradicting agendas in the world, I get that. That’s perfectly fine. I’m neither anti-gay nor anti-pope. But what you wrote in this post is equivalent to inciting hate on the Catholic church, the very thing you accuse them of. How is that any more tolerant?

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    Again and finally, because you are purposely ignoring the point, you have not once decried the war Benedict has vocally waged against LGBTQ persons.
    And I linked to all of my sources, all of his statements. Which is a far cry more than you did. If you’ve come here to defend Catholicism in the face of my LGBTQ friends who are dying at the hands of those who are motivated by the hate and lies spewed forth by people such as Benedict, you’re in the wrong sandbox, sweetheart.
    The “you’re a bigot because you don’t tolerate bigotry” fallacy is a nice attempt at qualifying your own level of intolerance but the readers on this site are far too intelligent of that game of circular logic.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • http://twitter.com/bukczynski Maciej Bukczynski

    [your comment system won't let me reply to your reply below, so I'll do it up here]

    Re: “Then why engage in the exact same behaviour you accuse the media of by posting an out of context quote as opposed to linking to the entire letter? ”
    Again, I was trying to explain that I posted that prematurely by mistake. Honest mistake. Except as soon as I hit Post, I can’t retract nor edit until you approve and publish, so, what was I to do?

    My argument isn’t “but the church is different everywhere” (you’re sticking words in my mouth), it’s that while the church opposes things that LGBTQ persons are doing, it does not oppose those persons. It has always demanded that all persons are treated with equal dignity and respect. I understand that the church’s position on these issues is counter to your beliefs, and I take no issue with that. But to position the church’s statements as (1) hatred, and (2) hatred against gay _people_, is false.

    Re: “Oddly enough, at no point in your argument have you stated that you decry the Pope’s statements or his attacks. Which is quite telling in and of itself.”You’re sticking words in my mouth again. I seem unable to get my point across, and perhaps this is my fault and I shouldn’t have bothered. I will respectfully resign from this conversation, before I get portrayed as some sort of bigot which I assure you I’m not.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    I stuck no words in your mouth. It was the absence of words you should’ve said that became glaringly obvious.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com

  • Kimberley Werezak

    Hi Kikki, I’m a little late reading your blog, but your point of view is very well put. I would like to add that there is a significant number of Catholics that do support gay marriage and the LGBTQ community. Pope Benedict did not represent nor speak for all of us.

    I’m a firm believer that change starts at home in how we raise our children, and I teach my kids to accept and embrace all families because they all deserve love and importance. My daughter had a music teacher in her elementary school who is gay and has a life partner, and both were very loved and accepted in her catholic school when she attended there. There is change happening within the Catholic community which I hope gives you hope for change.

  • http://www.kikkiplanet.com Kikki Planet

    It does indeed give me hope for change. My circle of close friends and family includes a few Catholics, and I know their position on gay marriage and equality is not one that matches the church’s official position.
    Thank you for commenting! Very much appreciate your input.

    Kathleen Smith
    Founder & Publisher of KikkiPlanet.com
    kikki@kikkiplanet.com