A 14-year-old transsexual was forbidden from attending church in a flamenco dress in Sevilla.
Maria Jose – born Alberto – was planning to wear a dress to Mass as part of the annual Fiesta del Mosto y la Aceituna in Umbrete.
However, two days before the event, the child was visited by councilman Jose Llorente who informed her mother that she would be refused entry to the church.
Llorente told the mother that the priest, Brother William, ‘feared that the people of Umbrete would object to a boy dressed in a flamenco dress.’
He added that they would be ‘stopped at the door’ if they attempted to enter.
Mayor of Umbrete, Joaquin Fernandez Garro, has since criticised the priest’s decision.
He said: “I do not agree with the pastor, we should not be discriminating against anyone on grounds of sex.
“We have a total respect for this group.”
LGBT groups have also slammed the actions of the church as a breach of human rights.
“What happened in Umbrete is disgusting and repulsive and goes against the rights and freedom of people and against what the church preaches,” said Marisa Roof of Different Action LGBT.
“This debate shows the urgent need for a state or community law to protect the rights of LGBT people in Andalucia.”
If the issue & request for compensation can’t be heard promptly in Spain, is the EU Court of Justice still available for resolution?
If priests and altar boys wear frocks, why not their parishioners?
!Hey¡ Stefanjo, you got it and beat me to it. I am laughing out loud. Thanks.
There is nothing “gay” about homosexuality. Bruce Jenner’s gender confusion sadly illustrates that there’s nothing like “carefree abandon” found in the trans-sexual morass, either. Calling it something else, like “gay,” LGBTQ, or whatever, does not make it any less perverted and unnatural!
“…does not make it any less perverted and unnatural!”
People are born homosexual, as chromosomal studies have confirmed, so how can that be any less natural, Paul? Wise up.
RE: “perverted and unnatural”
Please read Joan Roughgarden’s book, “Evolution’s Rainbow”. You will find abundant, scientific evidence for the FACT that homosexuality or transsexuality is anything but “natural”.
@Paula, why are you so worried about people being homosexual or transsexual? How is it harming you exactly? Get a life.
I’d expect the church to know better but they can’t, they play judge & jury. Now I know I was right to become a humanist leaving Christianity behind xx
Paul F. : Methinks thou doth protest too much….
Hi Stefanjo, we must protest to bring about change. X
G&G: Did you actually read the homophobic diatribe from Paul F. ?
Lol! Yes I did Stefanjo, TBH I’d rather ignore such a narrow minded person as Paul. He has no life in his life, so I pity him to the point where he sicknens me to the pit of my stomach x
Those commenting here seek to justify aberrant behavior by creating a false standard of morality. In the coming day of judgment, only the standards of God will apply to all. The clucking of hens here will not change that: each of you will someday bow the knee and give accounting to your Creator.
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1)
Blah blah Paul, tell someone who cares about all that rubbish. I believe in facts. Darwin prove facts of life & evealoution. You are a sinner Paul for judging lol!
At least Christians can’t burn you at the stake for being a heretic (read rational) these days – belief systems are for those who can’t face reality or accept responsibility for their own lives – “I was only obeying orders” – now where have I heard that before.
So many Christians modify the Bible to suit them. IVF,Blood transfusions, fortune teller, mediums ( because they can’t accept death) any more. I can respect any religion not necessarily agree with it as long as people have the courage of their convictions. X
All religious extremism is dangerous and the cause of war and misery around the world.
I agree with you 100% Jane x
Paula: You are simply another homophobe, hiding behind ersatz science. Just as Paul F. and co. hide behind ersatz religion.
Well said Stefanjo. X
If people in that church don’t want to see gay boys in women’s dresses, why should they? Should there be a freedom of association?
If gays are refused to enter this church dressed like women, they could go to another church or create their own, but instead they ask government to coerce other people to give them what they want.
How is it fair when government coerces majority of people to do something against their will just to please few other people?
Hey tom, the church should be open to all. These narrow minded people DONT OWN the church.
They should vote on this matter.
Why “wide-minded” people should dictate “narrow-minded” ones (like this pastor and others) how to live their lives and with whom they should associate?
Do we live in democracy or dictatorship by “open minded” people?
The church maintains OPEN TO ALL a vote isn’t needed, stop judging & just live life, were a long time dead.
Im not judging anyone, gays are born gays and it is not an issue for me.
Much bigger issue is that “progressive” and “open minded” people destroys our freedom of speech and association, claiming that “vote isn’t needed” if it doesn’t suit them (its not a reference to you, just borrowed your words)