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Malta: Anti-gay politician selected for EU health job

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  1. Let’s hope that he does not get the post then!

  2. Roman Catholics should not hold any position in public life.

    1. Yes they should. As long as they undertake not to act in their job upon any doctrine of their church at odds with their prescribed public role. I would advocate a test act to this effect requiring the signature of all aspiring public servants.

    2. Neither should homosexuals.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Nov 2012, 3:55pm

        Or bigots like you, dumb arse!

      2. REAL straight men don’t feel the necessity to post on gay sites, Matt. You’re obviously not at ease with your sexuality. Why don’t you talk to someone? You’ll feel a lot happier.

      3. Matt it is obvious you are a troll. I do not see why Pink News lets you continue. I really don’t mind opposition, but you are poisoning every argument. This has got nothing to do with freedom of speech. You are behaving, without exception, like a troll.

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Nov 2012, 3:54pm

      That’s rather silly. Former PM Zapatero of Spain is a catholic and he managed to get equal marriage passed, as did the leaders of other Catholic leaders of Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Mexico City, as well as the Catholic governors of three American states, New York, Maryland and Washington. All of them managed to separate religious laws from secular laws to do the right thing.

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 13 Nov 2012, 4:11pm

        Sorry, but only ‘the Catholic governors of three American states’ is ‘correct’. Former PM Chose Louiz Rodriquez Zapatero, Guy Verhofstadt, Jose Sokrates, Argentinian president de Kirchner and mayor of Mexico City Manuel Pena are not ‘devote’ Catholics, I think, but rather atheists or agnostics, or not?

    4. I dissagree. But he should show us first, with actions, that he has changed.

    5. Helen in Ireland 13 Nov 2012, 8:45pm

      US Vice-President Joe Biden is Catholic, as is failed Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Biden is strongly pro-LGBT and Ryan is most definitely not, to put it politely.

      Also, most of the Irish politicians are at least nominally Catholic, and most support LGBT rights.

      I wouldn’t put a blanket ban on Catholics in public life, but I would take the time to research their views on equality and diversity.

  3. He is so far from reality that to consider him a politician from the 19-th century would be a compliment !!! He even opposed LEGALIZING DIVORCE in Malta wich was only legalized in 2011

  4. Garry Cassell 13 Nov 2012, 4:15pm

    Let’s hope people who vote will have a more sober judgement than to vote for this biggot…

    1. Ah, but you have to remember who the voters are here…

      It’s not completely out of the question. MEPs rejected Rocco Buttiglione in 2004 under similar circumstances. Moreover, MEPs don’t usually get to vote on individual commissioners and can only reject all 27 commissioners as a group, but since Mr Borg’s predecessor quit he is the only new face on the commission, making it much easier to secure a no-vote of the whole parliament than it was in Mr Buttiglione’s case.

      But all the indicators are that Mr Borg will be confirmed by MEPs. Mr Borg met with equality-minded MEPs and persuaded them he had “evolved” on gay issues. He also avoided saying anything impressively stupid this afternoon during his grilling (bit.ly/X2kgCv).

      MEPs don’t want to seem anti-Catholic or anti-religion, and they will give him the nod, arguing that he has pledged to uphold anti-discrimination principles.

      They may have a job to hold him to it.

  5. Cardinal Capone 13 Nov 2012, 4:35pm

    Nice salary? Pro-gay for pay?

  6. That There Other David 13 Nov 2012, 4:38pm

    A devout Catholic in charge of contraception policy? Really? Let’s ask Africa how well that works out eh?

  7. Provided that Roman Catholics eschew the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church, then they might be acceptable in public office. John Kennedy when he became president of the USA felt it necessary to affirm that he would not be instructed by the Vatican.

  8. Where have his Catholic principles and Catholic credentials gone? Malta’s conservatives are still claiming that he is being discriminated against on the basis of his religious beliefs. Dump him.

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