A senior bishop in the Catholic church in Scotland has angered many by likening homosexuality to incest. During the rant from the bishop of Aberdeen he suggesting that if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality it would make incest and polygamy legal.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert claimed he ‘loved’ gay people but told the Scottish Catholic Observer: “Why is it alright for a man to marry another man, but not alright for him to marry two women? If we really want equality, why does that equality not extend to nieces who genuinely, truly love their uncles?”
Surprisingly he went further and even suggested incest was commonplace in Aberdeen, “And, if you say that such things don’t happen, that they are mere freaks of nature, extreme examples dreamed up for the sake of argument, I say you need to spend more time in the parish.”
The gay bashing bishop did say that he will continue to work for gay people, just not marry them: “As Bishop of Aberdeen, I know there are gay people amongst the community of the Church. I promise I will always respect and love them and uphold them in their relationship with the God who loves them. But I won’t marry them. It just can’t be done.” Although under the marriage equality proposals being put forward, no church or celebrant would be forced into conducting same sex marriages, so he wouldn’t be required to.
The bishop also said “The truth is that a government can pass any legislation it likes, it can legislate to say that everything with four legs is a table, even when it’s a dog and not a horse, but that won’t make it so.” which is quite true, just like the church can say gay people are bad and marriage equality is an impossibility, but that won’t make it so.
Equality Network director Tim Hopkins, told the media, “We are very disappointed the Bishop of Aberdeen should choose to compare same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest. That is offensive and uncalled for.”
However such offensive remarks from the Catholic church in Scotland are nothing new, earlier this year, their head Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, claimed gay marriage was a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. Suggesting same sex marriage will lead to three way marriages and compared the government’s support for equality to legalising slavery.