I’ve been meaning to write this post for a little while now, so please excuse me for reporting on old news. Just before France brought in marriage equality, New Zealand did as well. Although I heard about it on an evening radio program on Triple J, it was this speech that most of you have already seen, that most moved me. A gay friend emailed it to me.
Local straight politician Maurice Williamson gives the most beautiful talk condoning this change in law. It’s a speech full of respect that’s shared from the heart. The reference to the gay rainbow is one of many memorable comments as he addresses parliament in what will be an historic speech.
Shortly after this bill was passed, I heard that The Pope wrote a letter criticising New Zealand for this amendment in its laws. I was sickened by this. I know that’s a strong word to use, but it was the first time in ages I felt that way. I’m not exaggerating.
My partner and I visited the Vatican several years ago. The immense wealth contained within its walls is staggering. The amazing collection of religious art is second to none in its quality. Yet outside those holy walls are beggars that are so desperate, I had one of them screaming at me for loose change, of which I had none as I had just given my coins to another beggar equally as poor. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many cities, and I swear the underprivileged in Rome are some of the worst I’ve seen.
Imagine if the Vatican sold one of its paintings. It would hardly be a dent in their wealth but could feed the poor for many years. As The Pope claims that he has a direct line to Jesus, it’s hard to believe that the saviour hasn’t suggested it to him. Oh well, greed is one of the seven deadly sins so I guess Pope Francis is just a man after all.
Back in New Zealand, parliament broke into a Maori love song straight after Maurice Williamson’s speech. I had tears in my eyes as this video played on the news site straight after the politician’s address. I was watching a stirring moment of true spirituality inspired from the ancient culture that gave birth to that amazing country.
True moments of mystical holiness live outside of protective ivory towers that serve the ultra-rich. They’re found, instead, with all of us in our actions. Not in our hate. Even Jesus would agree.