In an Irish Independent article on February 10, the Catholic-in-Chief of the Emerald Isle loosed a brilliant line that's been circulating around the globe. Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said of hostility toward gay people, "Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that - they are Godophobic because God loves every one of those people."
What few people have mentioned is an important follow-up comment he made clarifying his stance on marriage equality: "Just because a person isn't in favor of gay marriage doesn't mean that one is homophobic - let's be very clear on that."
Archbishop Martin, like Pope Francis, is being lauded as a great ally to LGBT people because he accepts that it's wrong to beat, spit on, and kill us.
Gold star for you, Archbishop. Let's roll out the rainbow carpet and make you grand marshal of the next pride parade. Can we get this guy a GLAAD Award? Name your gaybies Diarmuid in honor of this great LGBT rights hero!
In all seriousness, can we please stop handing out A's for C work here, people? Let's get a sense of perspective. Saying it's wrong to beat, spit on, or kill someone should be the lowest possible moral standard anybody is held to, and these guys are supposed to be moral leaders.
Let's get a grip and see Archbishop Martin's blarney for what it really is.