Thursday, April 24, 2014

#1009: Michael Pakaluk

Yet another anti-gay fanatic. Michael Pakaluk is a former philosophy professor at Clark University in Worcester, and writes columns for the Catholic newspaper The Pilot. He is most famous for a 2010 piece defending the decision by a Hingham priest to rescind the acceptance of a child of a lesbian couple to a local parochial school. In the piece (described here) Pakaluk argued that one reason the children of gay parents should not be admitted to Catholic schools is the “real danger” that they would bring pornography to school. The danger is real, because pornographic items “go along with the same-sex lifestyle, which – as not being related to procreation – is inherently eroticized and pornographic.” He added that gay parents should not be called “parents” unless they are biologically related to their children.

The Pilot issued a classic not-pology: “we apologize if anyone felt offended by it.” Apologizing for people’s reactions to the shit they write is not apologizing.

Diagnosis: Dunghead. Probably of negligible importance.

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