Frequent visitors to Pandagon and my pad know that we monitor Pope Benedict's incessant bigot eruptions, including the latest one. This time it involved a speech to senior Vatican staff where the homo-obsessed Pope said that saving humanity from gays and transfolk was as critical as protecting the environment. I blogged about it and said:

The Prada Papa Ratzi opens his trap again, and the homophobia stinks like trash piled up during a NYC garbage strike.

This story was also covered heavily by the MSM, including the London Times ("Pope accused of stoking homophobia after he equates homosexuality to climate change"), and it actually cited that quote of mine. It was also picked up by Faux News (also apparently on-air by Brit Hume).

I wonder what was particularly interesting about that quote to them, considering all of the colorful complaints I've lodged re: the Pope's outlandish, almost weekly statements assailing the LGBT community for allegedly destroying society and/or the family, but whatever.

Anyway, Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner has written an incredible Papal defense in response to the outcry from the LGBT community and the coverage by the MSM. I can't wait to read your responses to this:

The homosexual lifestyle is inherently dangerous and destructive. It is not just that most gays and lesbians are casually promiscuous, and that ritualized sodomy is profoundly unhealthy. But homosexuality is incapable of natural reproduction; its lifestyle is one that is barren and childless - and without children, there can be no future and ultimately, no hope.

The debate about same-sex marriage has nothing to do with "gay rights." Homosexuals are free to do anything they like in the privacy of their bedrooms. The relentless push for gay marriage is not about tolerance, but the legitimization of homosexual behavior - to place it beyond the boundaries of moral disapproval and social ostracism. To accomplish this, the liberal elite seek to marginalize the great traditional religions, especially Christendom's most powerful defender, the Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict understands this, which is why he continues to courageously speak out in defense of human dignity and the sanctity of the family. He is neither politically on the right or the left. He has opposed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, championed the rights of the unborn and the poor, criticized the inequalities of "jungle capitalism," and railed against Islamist terror and the degradation of the environment. Above all, however, he has carried the banner of peace and civilized, rational dialogue. He repeatedly - and unequivocally - has said the Christian injunction is to love the sinner but hate the sin.

Now the pope's enemies deliberately twist his words to demonize him. There is not a hateful bone in his body. To caricature him as a homophobe, never mind as calling for a jihad against gays and lesbians, is not only dishonest but pathetic. They cannot defeat him intellectually or morally and so must resort to ad hominem attacks.

Their efforts will fail. Pope Benedict is the spiritual titan of the West. He is right. His critics are wrong. And, in the end, he will be vindicated.

And that's just a taste of the piece.