Seares: Would slur against gays derail his Senate bid?

“... Men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies... must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives...”

-- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao cited the Bible in criticizing same-sex union.

-- But he didn’t talk, from Old Testament, about Genesis that tells of two “wicked men” of Sodom who tried to “sodomize” two messengers from God. Or about the warning in Leviticus, that if “a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman... they shall surely be put to death.”

-- Neither did he say, from New Testament, that though Jesus “never mentioned” homosexuality, He “condemned all forms of sexual immorality.” Or about apostle Paul, in Corinthians, who lumps “homosexual offenders” with the “sexually immoral” who cannot go to heaven.

Instead, Manny compared practitioners of same-sex union with beasts: “they’re worse than animals.”

Pacquiao, a former Catholic, could’ve just echoed Catholic Church position that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law” but they could still live chastely.

Or refused to judge them, as Pope Francis did. LGBTs wouldn’t have been furious had Manny heeded the church advise that homosexuals “be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.”

Candor

Homosexual behavior is worse than animal conduct, he insisted, a slur he apologized for but won’t retract. Probably not even accurate as at least 11 animals--giraffes, penguins and chimps, etc.--have been identified as “pretty gay,” Credit Manny with candor despite the chunk of votes it must have cost him.

Yet if Pacquiao, a habitual absentee and mediocre congressman, made it to the Top 10 senatoriables, would political incorrectness derail his election to the Senate?

(Tomorrow: His bout with Bradley might.)

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