FEMEN activists get ready for their protest of the PopeMany in the [LGBTTIAQQ] community have grown numb to the condemnation of homosexual behaviours by official Catholic doctrine. Others find ways to express their opposition to official Catholic doctrine. To those people, I say thank you. My community is made stronger by the folks that publicly take a stand against bigotry and homophobia.

Here is a short video of some FEMEN protesters from Sunday, January 13th. They stuck their necks out in Rome to publicly oppose the Pope’s address. It’s not simply that the Pope opposes marriage. Over Christmas, the Pope took extra time out to denounce gay marriage as a threat to humanity. This push by the Catholic Church is an attempt to resist a growing movement in France and England to legalize gay marriages.

Something I find particularly interesting, and unfortunate, about this video is the citizen bystander who takes it upon herself to start bashing a protester who is being arrested. I take that as evidence of the strength of loyalty that some people have to official Catholic doctrine, and the strength of hate that the doctrine legitimizes. Watching peaceful protesters getting arrested, while community members physically attack them can be a little demoralizing. This video is not for everyone.

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