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UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien named Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’

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  1. Congratulations to the well-deserved winner. The award will blend in nicely with that remarkably silly hat.

    1. Why is Keith O’Brien dressed in a nurses uniform?

    2. As they (surely) say, if the mitre fits …

  2. Couldn’t have gone to a more deserving candidate!

  3. I’m glad this went ahead, even with the banks threatening to pull out.
    And even if it ultimately means nothing, at least it’s something Cardinal Richelieu can add to his CV.

  4. There should also be a parallel honorary title to be awarded to the person who most enabled the bigot of the year, and that one should go to citizen Clegg.

  5. PinkPolitico 2 Nov 2012, 4:48am

    A well deserved award for a demagogue whose opposition to marriage equality and LGBT rights generally goes far beyond normal, acceptable discourse. He has spoken about gay people and relationships in extremely offensive terms which absolutely qualify as bigotry. And shame on the likes of Barclays Bank for threatening to pull out of the awards ceremony, which indicates that their support for LGBT equality is less than genuine. And quite frankly, as a community, we can do without ‘support’ from corporate entities who are willing to side with a fringe, homophobic hate group like ‘Christian Voice’. I intend to convey my views directly to Barclays and I would encourage others to do so as well.

  6. something strange about bloke who want to walk around dressed around in so much regalia and funny hats.

    Stop worrying about same sex couples dear worry more about the abuse in teh church

  7. I agree with one reservation, that technically I think Simon Lokodo is a rather more dangerous and influential bigot.
    The reason I go along with Keith O’Brien as winner is there’s two kinds of bigots, those who’ll never admit to themselves they’re any kind of bigot and those who wear their bigotry as a badge of honour.
    Lokodo is more likely to see being named and shamed by a gay rights charity as some kind of political endorsement, where the Cardinal will still be convincing himself he’s “defending the sanctity of marriage” or that he “hates the sin and loves the sinner”.

  8. He will proudly put his award on his mantle for all to see!

    Shame the award could not have been split between several of the others who were nominated.

  9. Midnighter 2 Nov 2012, 8:39am

    I read elsewhere that a mouthpiece paid for by the Catholic Church accused Stonewall (predictably) of ‘intolerance’.

    Their lack of reasoning shouldn’t surprise us, but I would love to hear someone explain to them in a public forum that “intolerance OF intolerance” is actually “pro-tolerance”.

    This hate-monger is a disgrace to the Christian religion.

    1. Yes, it’s simple maths that two negatives make a positive.

      1. two negatives make a positive: (-3) × (-2) = 6

    2. barriejohn 2 Nov 2012, 11:51am

      This has now become de rigeur for the bigots. Someone thought that it would be a brilliant idea to accuse those who were simply standing up for their rights of being “bullies” and “intolerant” and it caught on limmediately. They just say it automatically now, without thinking about how ludicrous the idea is. And when you see them campaigning for “freedom” and “human rights” you just know that that’s the opposite of what they mean!

  10. barriejohn 2 Nov 2012, 9:01am

    I wonder whether he banks at Barclays?

    1. Barclays the bank run by crooks has no moral high ground to stand on in fact it has no ground at all. A well earned award by the god delusionist.

    2. As he’s supposed to be celibate he probably just has a sly barclays every now and then when he thinks God’s not watching.

      1. Dave North 2 Nov 2012, 8:35pm

        Given his celibacy and the needs of natural testicular requirements, he must therefore be a terminal W@nk3r

  11. PeterinSydney 2 Nov 2012, 9:06am

    I could not think of a more worthy winner than perhaps Bene XVI

  12. PeterinSydney 2 Nov 2012, 9:08am

    A most worthy winner, only to be challenged by Benedict XVI himself.

  13. Lesley Stafford 2 Nov 2012, 9:09am

    Congratulations to Keith O’Brien. A well deserved winner. Let’s give him the CLAP he so richly deserves.

  14. I expect the gobshyte will be in contention again next year.

    1. Love it! Cardinal Keith Gobshyte O’Brien.

  15. Why are Barclay’s complaining this year and not last year or the year before?

    A problem that should be addressed, in my opinion, is that homophobia isn’t fully defined socially.

    Why are others allowed to distinguish homophobia from racism or anti-semitism? If Cardinal Keith said that black people shouldnt be allowed to marry then there would be uproar, yet it is ok to say that gays shouldn’t marry because it is an opinion “im not homophobic but gays shouldn’t marry” is, to me, the same as “I’m not racist, but black people should not be allowed to marry”.

    Both are EQUALLY wrong.

    1. Agreed. It’s double standards. And Barclays were subject to an email campiagn from ‘christians’ to not sponsor Stonewall and this award. They shouldn’t have given in, but no doubt the mention of religion swayed them. I’m sick of people tiptoeing around religious homophobic views. If something’s wrong it’s wrong. To use your very valid point: we don’t complain about a racist comment, then go “Oh, my mistake – you think that because of your religious belief. Fair enough then.” Religious belief doesn’t give you carte blanche to discriminate and denigrate people.

  16. Keith O’Brien is a disgusting pig.

    You’d think he’d focus on trying to repar the damage to the lives of the children his clergy have raped over generations, insteag of continuing his policy of disgusting neo-fascism.

    1. dAVID, you are being unkind to pigs, what harm did a pig ever do to you?

      1. I got food-poisoning from a bacon sarnie once.

        1. Then call Keith O’Brien a disgusting bacterium why don”t you? It’s bacteria that cause food poisoning.

          1. A most appropriate epithet indeed.

  17. Gays should shut up and let Church leaders trample all over them.

  18. And if we needed a reminder of just how closed minded some of them are, take a look at this from the catholic thought police…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/01/us-university-sovietisation-catholic

    1. That There Other David 2 Nov 2012, 11:20am

      And that is exactly why UK Catholics need to stop kowtowing to these Cardinals and Bishops who just parrot the Vatican’s policies. Ratzinger is acting as if Rome still rules the world, and nobody within his own group of followers is seriously taking him on about it. In this day and age, when humans are more connected than ever before it’s about time Catholics told their so-called leaders that enough is enough. His views on this subject are not Christian, they aren’t moral, and they most certainly are not acceptable.

      1. The Vatican is a totalitarian dictatorship, dissent is not tolerated.

        1. That There Other David 2 Nov 2012, 8:10pm

          Exactly why so many are becoming ex-Catholics.

          1. Dave North 2 Nov 2012, 8:39pm

            My “Civil Partner” is now ex-catholic. Unfortunately the childhood indoctrination ( Programming ) still exists to a point.

            Belief in afterlife, hell etc…….

            My Brother in law is also, after he found out the Priest that married him and my sister went down for child rape.

            Isn’t religion lovely…….. NOT.

  19. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Nov 2012, 11:31am

    I would have thought Colin Hart of C4M should have been given an award as well as Lord Carey, Anne Widdecombe, Nadine Dorries and Anna Minichiello for starters, as well as the editors of the Daily Mail and Telegraph. So richly deserved.

    1. Yes, maybe they could have another battery of lesser awards for characters who have proven themselves to be perennial bigots.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Nov 2012, 11:54am

        Edward Leigh being the latest!

        1. A deeply disgusting man.

    2. Dave North 2 Nov 2012, 12:47pm

      You forgot Christine Odone of the terrorgraph.

      1. She’s just bonkers and totally irrational, her powers of comprehension seem to be cross-wired.

  20. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Nov 2012, 11:51am

    So by her definition, the term “racist” shouldn’t be applied to those who don’t like ethnic minorities and want to deny them rights because of it? Islamc terrorists shouldn’t be called terrorists then just because their religious beliefs differ from the west?

    I’m sick of these apologists for religious nutters. It’s one thing to oppose homosexuality but quite another when people resort to the most vile, disgusting comments and insinuations targeting our lives and fomenting homophobia in the process. Words have consequences. If idiots like O’Brien don’t want to be called bigot, then stop being one, keep your mouth shut. If you can’t say something nice, say nothing. Being bigoted is a choice, learned behaviour. Clearly people like him never really understood the teachings of Jesus Christ. O’Brien and his ilk may call themselves “Christians”, but merely in name only, certainly not by their deeds or words.

    1. Nick Clegg and his Bigotgate should ring all bells for the whole gay community. That’s the message coming from top to down, and she is a conservative. What do you expect from her when even the “gay friendly” LibDems are working against us?

  21. Cardinal Capone 2 Nov 2012, 12:05pm

    Many expect a priest to be able to set an example of love and compassion.

    When a “man of the cloth” says things in a hateful and prejudiced way it is shocking to many.

    This award is feedback to the Cardinal that that is how he has come across, and it may lead to some self-examination on his part.

    If it does, that can only be a good thing.

  22. Another Hannah 2 Nov 2012, 12:47pm

    Stonewall’s bigot of the year, or Barclay’s and Coutes nothing wrong at all award of the year. Shows clearly the danger of allowing corporate sponsorship. If the money is tied to dictating what you do and don’t do then it isn’t sponsorship, it’s a heterosexual corporate takeover!

  23. Attanasio66 2 Nov 2012, 12:58pm

    Finally some good PR for the Vatican: Catholicism is an Award-winning religion! Cardinal O’Brien must be very proud…

  24. I am delighted. But I hope that Stonewall has taken steps to advise O’Brien of his award. I know from personal experience that individuals like O’Brien are cocooned in a world of religious ritual with flattering lackeys on all sides. Stonewall needs to ensure that news of the award needs to get through to him.

  25. Maybe Stonewall could consider changing the name of the award to “Anti-gay Bully of the Year”

    1. That There Other David 2 Nov 2012, 8:14pm

      How about “Nastiest paedophile-enabling confidence trickster of the year”?

      Mind you, we don’t want it completely limited to Cardinals and Bishops do we?

      1. Yes, that would limit the candidates rather distinctly.

        1. Also, could be classed as discriminatory, as you are excluding other possible candidates!

  26. Congrats mate… Wear your ‘B-O-T-Y’ badge with pride; next to the cross perhaps…. ?

    As to the banks threatening to pull funding… more bark than bite, they’ll only add it to their champagne fund.

  27. Simon Phillips 3 Nov 2012, 1:52am

    Notice my comment has been deleted surprise surprise. You just can’t take criticism. You’re not just hypocrites but cowards as well. O Sorry am I being a bigot!!!

    1. That There Other David 3 Nov 2012, 9:23am

      The comments section sometimes blackholes posts for no apparent reason. It does it to everyone at some time or other.

      So why not post your point again instead of just mithering?

    2. If you use certain unacceptable words then your comment won’t post, I didn’t see your lost comment but suggest you rephrase it and try again.

  28. The Halcyon 4 Apr 2013, 5:07pm

    Do we get to nominate him for “Hypocrite of the Year” this year?

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