These days many of us celebrate the birth of a man that is said to be the son of God; a senior representative for a religion that is based on faith, hope and love. I don’t have a problem with God, it is his fan club I am more worried about, and right now I have a big issue with one of the leaders of the fan club, the guy sitting on a throne in the heart of Rome, yes I am talking about “Papa”.

The Huffington Post reports: “Vatican City — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of gains by same-sex marriage proponents in the U.S. and Europe and efforts to legalize gay marriage in places like France and Britain.

In his remarks, Benedict quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, in saying the campaign for granting gays the right to marry and adopt children was an “attack” on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.”

The pope also claims that gay marriage threatens justice and peace.

I am not a clergy but I have read my bible. And in the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13 on “Love” we can all read:

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Come on; we are celebrating the birth of Christ, a man and a god that only spoke about love, understanding and forgiveness. How can this old man in a frock, sitting on a worldly throne build on greed, fear, sex abuse of children, torture, burning of women as witches and all sorts of persecutions have the right or feel he has the right to condemn people who only love each other?

This is just idea but instead of throwing stones at people that share love, maybe the pope should get down of his thrown and start sharing some of his wealth with the poor people of the world. Again, this is just a crazy idea – but it is actually a philosophy preached by this guy named Jesus – the Pope has hopefully heard about him and his efforts here on earth?

If you want to show the Pope and the rest of the world that you protest against the idea that gay people are a threat to world peace and justice you can go to this web-page and create your own Facebook-badge ironically stating: I am a threat to peace”

Condividilove is the name of the Italian organization that created the campaign against the Pope’s words. They have a website to create badges with a Facebook application; the badge is a heart with the text I/we am/are a threat to peace.

A few days after the campaign was launched a lot of people in Italy started to make their picture and post it on Facebook. Several of the MGE team and delegates have already made use of the application. Hopefully the Pope got the message.

To each and everyone of you, including the Pope, I wish you all a peaceful, reflective and merry Christmas!

Tore Aasheim
President MGE