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October 19, 2003
ANDREW SULLIVAN IS BACK IN THE NEW YORK TIMES TODAY, with the following observation:
In an appeal to the growing fundamentalism of the developing world, this is a shrewd strategy. In the global context, gays are easily expendable. But it is also a strikingly inhumane one. The current pope is obviously a deep and holy man; but that makes his hostility even more painful. He will send emissaries to terrorists, he will meet with a man who tried to assassinate him. But he has not and will not meet with openly gay Catholics. They are, to him, beneath dialogue.
Personally, I think that Yasser Arafat is worse than a gay parishioner. But I guess that's just one of many things the Pope and I disagree about.