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The Vatican/ Catholic church has stated that criticism of it for its' opposition to gay rights/ homosexuality is um, a violation of their human rights. Really, they said that. Archbishop and diplomat Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council,
"People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex."
"When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature … they are stigmatised, and worse — they are vilified, and prosecuted. "
"These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances."
I am a humanist, if someone wants to criticize humanism, go at it. I would not state that you are violating my human rights to do so. See, this is one of the major problems with religion, they are afforded special treatment. Religion has tremendous influence in the world but when it is itself criticized, it tries to hide behind some protective wall for its' beliefs. Religion, be it Catholicism or Buddhism or Islam are belief systems, just like socialism. To state one couldn't criticize socialism because it is a violation of the human rights of socialists would be absurd. Well, it is no less absurd when it comes to religion.
Now, nobody should be prosecuted for stating homosexuality is wrong and gays shouldn't be able to marry. I am all for the Fred Phelps of the world stating "God hates f.gs". The Catholic church is of course nowhere near that level of bigotry, but they are much more powerful than Fred Phelps. They still throughout much of the world use their tremendous influence to deprive gays of the ability to marry who they want. They oppose contraceptive usage and in sub-Saharan Africa, which has had devastating results. Is it against their human rights for someone to criticize the "Church" on that issue?
The Catholic church can no longer prosecute and imprison critics of it, as it did in the time of Bruno and Galileo, but it wants its' critics to live under an unofficial blasphemy law when it comes to dissent from their views.