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The Pope's Christmas Message About Transsexuals

Pope Benedict XVI used part of his annual pre-Christmas address to remind everyone to stick with their pre-assigned gender and all its received social and sexual roles. From TIME: Without actually using the word, Benedict took a subtle swipe at those who might undergo sex-change operations or otherwise..


Pope Benedict XVI used part of his annual pre-Christmas address to remind everyone to stick with their pre-assigned gender and all its received social and sexual roles. From TIME:Without actually using the word, Benedict took a subtle swipe at those who might undergo sex-change operations or otherwise attempt to alter their God-given gender. Defend "the nature of man against its manipulation," Benedict told the priests, bishops and cardinals gathered Monday in the ornate Clementine hall. "The Church speaks of the human being as man and woman, and asks that this order is respected."And he equated this need to "protect" gender with the need to protect the environment....he repeated his metaphor that the human body should be protected much as environmentalists want to protect the earth. ...declaring that one "must defend not only the earth, water and air as gifts of creation belonging to all. One must also protect man against the destruction of himself."Of course, there are people who study this "nature of man" thing the Pope is referring to. They're evolutionary biologists like Richard Dawkins and E.O. Wilson and Stephen Jay Gould and I think it's safe to say they all care more about climate change than cross-dressers.
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