CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 9 December 2017

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Gloom at religious gay talk

HONG KONG (UCAN): The chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, got a few unhappy reactions to her gay talk at an event organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club on October 31 on the territory’s successful bid to host the Gay Games in 2022.
 
It was reported that when asked if she was pleased about it, she said that the city is still divided on the issues of same-sex marriage, then went on to cite her Catholic faith as a basis for her position.
 
The Hong Kong Free Press commented that Lam also told media that she had noted the news.
 
However, in a pluralist society any argument from authority is not likely to go down well and if you are going to argue from religious authority it is necessary to present a coherent thesis that at least pinpoints questions of particular significance that need to be addressed.
 
Peter Lewis, from Radio Television Hong Kong, was critical of Lam for trying to use her religion to establish a credibility and basis for her position as not being good enough.
 
“It is fine if you are the pope, and even he has more tolerant views on the subject than some members of the current Hong Kong administration, but as head of government, laws should not be implemented on the basis of religious beliefs, especially when the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and China is not even a Christian country and both have no established religion,” Lewis wrote.
 
Karen Chan Pui-in, also pointed out that the Gay Games and same-sex marriage are quite different issues that basically make Lam’s comment irrelevant.
 
“The games are to promote communion, inclusiveness and acceptance of multiculturalism rather than narrowly concentrating on the issue of homosexuality,” Chan explained.

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