Merry Christmas from the Pope! Oh, not you, gay people.

I’d like to be scratched of Pope Benedict’s Christmas list, please. I don’t really want to be included in his Christmas wishes if he’s going to use them to degrade and insult LGBT people. Which is exactly what he did this year! Merry Christmas, everyone, except not really because some of you are manipulating nature and he deplores you. Via ThinkProgress:

People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.

The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.

Joy to the world, and peace on earth, and jingle bells, and fuck those gay people who are choosing to be gay! Way to get into the holiday spirit, sir.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/leanora/ Leanora

    But only gay men, apparently? Notice his exclusively masculine language in the second paragraph. Non-male genders and sexes are not included in this hate message!

  • http://feministing.com/members/mackenzie/ mackenzie

    The sexist nature of his language is frustrating as well. I hate when humanity is summed up by “man”, “himself” and “he”! Are women not included in humanity? Or can we just be grouped in to their pronouns? He needs to update his language, its 2012.