Y’all know that I’m a staunch supporter of gay rights. I believe gay people have a right to be public with their love, and they deserve respect. I myself have given money to organizations that promote gay marriage. But we need to think rationally and assign credit/blame where it’s due. Which is why I can’t be part of the Manny Pacquiao bashing that other liberals have started ever since this stupid LA Weekly blog post came out: Manny Pacquiao says Gay Men Should Be ‘Put to Death.’
First of all, the guy who wrote that headline/article, Dennis Romero, ought to be fired. According to the same blog post, Manny never said that, at least not originally. He was quoting the Bible. If anything, the Christian God of the Bible said it (at least Christians believe that it’s the Word of God.) To write the headline as if Manny wrote the book of Leviticus is intentionally misleading. If people need to be angry, they ought to be angry at God.
Second, how low of that writer to attack Manny Pacquiao’s marriage based on his quoting of Scripture! Seriously, how low can someone stoop in the name of politics?
Of course, I disagree with Manny’s stance, and I’m sure he lost tons of fans for his words, but if we have an issue with the statement, it’s not with Manny, it’s with certain institutions of Christianity that keep homophobia in play. Manny is Catholic, and that’s what Catholics believe. Seriously, attacking the messenger when there’s an entire religion that preaches exactly what Manny shared is misguided. Instead of being angry at Manny the messenger, we should be angry at the Catholic Church, Focus on the Family, and all the other large religious organizations who preach homophobia as a Christian ideal.
I too wish that Manny didn’t have those views of gay marriage, but he’s not the one creating these views. It’s the religious organizations and doctrines that need to change.