Sir -- The question is often asked: Why are the younger generation turning their backs on religion? I can only speak for myself. I'm a 21-year-old gay man, yes, Cardinal Sean Brady, gay, and in light of his comments (Sunday Independent, August 23, 2009), there is much to be said.
He has virtually decided the religious faith of people who are in favour of civil partnership: "Stand clearly on the side of Christ or depart from him," he says. My interpretation of his remark: "If you are gay or support those who are gay, forget your religious status and depart from the church." Excuse my bluntness, but who the hell is he to decide on that division, yet alone play God?
He believes that, in the 21st century, it is wrong to promote the future of gay marriage, because it's an undermining attack on the traditional family unit. No two concepts of "the family" are the same. We have -- at least I think we have -- the right to freely express our opinions, and ourselves, so who does this mere man think he is, deciding what we perceive as being the ideal environment to raise children, let alone our views on our gay futures?
His comments reek of homophobia, and it sounds to me, that if he had his own way, he would march us gays to face the firing squad. His views are dreadfully draconian for a man of such standing. My advice to Cardinal Brady: "Examine the flaws in your own environment before you put a magnifying glass to ours; we would live in a very bleak world if Irish citizens followed your views in what is being hailed an ever evolving world."
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