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The Fall Of Western Civilization – We Blame The Gays!

Is the West’s decline caused by ‘contagion of homosexuality’?

So asks the headline in an article written by Benjamin Harnwell, Chairman of the secretive Catholic lay-organisation, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, which includes two of Ireland’s potential presidential candidates amongst its members or friends of members: Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell and ‘independent’ Dana Rosemary Scallon.

The article continues:

‘The recent Radio Maria interview with Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Vice President of Italy’s National Research Council, has attracted considerable attention for his comments on homosexuality and the fall of Ancient Rome. Benjamin Harnwell, Chairman on the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, has issued the following statement with reference to the widespread calls for Prof. de Mattei to resign:

“The reason for the decline and fall of Rome is not academic: the greatest empire the world had ever known was defeated by barbarians, plunging Europe into the centuries-long Dark Ages.

Similarly in our times, Western Civilisation faces a crisis of confidence: collapsing demographics, impossible welfare commitments, governments across the globe crippled by unserviceable debt – to name but a few mortal challenges we face.

And just as the Romans were attacked by barbarians, so our way of life is threatened by random acts of terrorism.

The idea that this great civilisation could fall to a force that, at any other time, it could have easily defeated has captivated historians for hundreds of years. For Edward Gibbon and (Nobel Laureate) Theodore Mommsen, Rome’s collapse was largely due to moral decadence.

Prof. de Mattei has undoubtedly been provocative with his words, and even unnecessarily hurtful in the way he made his point. But is his basic argument really so different in essence from that given by Cicero? In approximately 50 BC, the Roman senator wrote:

“[T]he first principle of society consists in the marriage tie, the next in children, the next in a family within one roof, where everything is in common. This society gives rise to the city, and is, as it were, the nursery of the commonwealth.”

Cicero was later assassinated as an “Enemy of the State”. Calling for de Mattei to resign would surely have the same effect: to silence a voice whose message is essential to our survival as a culture and as a civilisation.”

Without wishing to enter the debate as to the precise cause of the fall of Rome, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute very strongly believes that our contemporary age, in its strategic undermining of the traditional family, is hollowing out one of the pillars of Western Society. And if this continues, the West will surely go the way of Rome, one and a half thousand years ago.’

If you’re wondering what exactly Roberto de Mattei said here’s a report from Queerty:

‘Roberto De Mattei, a Roman Catholic professor and vice president of Italy’s Centre for National Research, has an awesome new theory about why the Roman Empire came undone: the gays!

“The Roman colony of Carthage was a paradise for homosexuals and they infected many others,” De Mattei claims in a new radio interview. “The invasion of the Barbarians was seen as punishment for this moral transgression. It is well known effeminate men and homosexuals have no place in the kingdom of God. Homosexuality was not rife among the Barbarians and this shows God’s justice comes throughout history.”

Well then! So it’s not that Romans acting all gay somehow made them lesser warriors, but god hated the way all these gay couplings were happening under his watch and decided to let the Barbarians stomp them out?

But what else would we expect from the same man who blamed the Japanese earthquake and tsunami as god’s plan? (“Great catastrophes are a terrible but paternal sign of God’s benevolence which call attention to the ultimate scope of our lives. … If the Earth offered no danger, pain or catastrophe it would fascinate us to no end, and we would too easily forget we are citizens of heaven.”)

Sadly, actual experts on Roman civilization had to put down their tea to refute De Mattei’s claims.

Fellow historians, gay rights groups and politicians expressed their outrage over the historian’s claims. “I have tabled an urgent call for the education minister to intervene,” Paola Concia, a lawmaker with the Democratic Left, said. Italian homosexual groups said the professor’s comments were “based on superstition” and described them as ridiculous and outrageous”. The groups called on him to resign from his Rome-based post.

“It is highly improbable homosexuality led to the fall of the Roman Empire,” historian Emilio Gabba, a leading light in Roman history, said. However research would seem to suggest homosexuality was rife in ancient Rome, and it is widely portrayed in ancient Roman art and was seen as acceptable 2,000 years ago. “There is no proof Rome had a high number of homosexuals. I can safely say Rome did not fall because it was gay,” Professor Lellia Cracco Ruggini, an expert on Roman history from Turin University, added.’

Ah, the joys of Rome Rule. But do we really want those associated with it taking up residence in Áras an Uachtaráin?

4 comments on “The Fall Of Western Civilization – We Blame The Gays!

  1. Gan Ainm

    Nobody would want to be led by someone who uttered those thoughts, but to call it “Rome Rule” or event to identify the professor as a “Roman Catholic” in the absense of any other description is a bit of as stretch.

    It is NOT a “Roman Catholic” teaching, even in the most conservative circles that “effeminate men and homosexuals have no place in the kingdom of God” or that natural disasters, political upheavals or war are a punishment visted by God upon people because of their behaviour.

    DeMattei’s reported pronouncements should be condemned in the strongest terms, but to equate them as “Catholic” thought and condemn a whole religion based on mistatements of its teachings by one purported member is to risk replacing one unacceptable form of bigotry with another.


  2. Thanks for the Comment. Well certainly Roman Catholicism has many strands, conservative and liberal, but our concern here is with the conservative one. Both Gay Mitchell and Dana Rosemary Scallon are associated with very conservative and illiberal Roman Catholic organisations and individuals.

    As for Roberto de Mattei he is a close friend of a number of Vatican officials, an advisor to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences, was awarded a papal knighthood for services to the Church and is the author or a contributor to a number of Vatican-approved publications. I think that qualifies as a Roman Catholic professor.


  3. Queerty is a wonderful site!

    David Norris is a hero of mine. I don’t care at all that he finds child rape acceptable.

    Hey, did you hear about the international kiddie porn ring busted? Perhaps they can get a leading gay organization to provide them legal representation pro bono! That’s what GLAD does.


  4. Gan Ainm

    It makes no difference how many Catholic friends DeMatteis has, or what his associations may be to the Church; the fact remains that the statement attributed to him here, to the effect that effeminate men and homosexuals have no place in the Kingdom of God is NOT Catholic teaching.


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