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Religious leaders: Ricky Martin setting a bad example for being openly gay

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pop-star Ricky Martin has been publicly criticized by religious leaders in his native Puerto Rico for setting a bad example for his children by openly discussing his homosexuality.

Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan told Primera Hora last week:

“Personally, I admire Ricky for the great artistic gifts the Lord has endowed him, but please, for the love of his children, for whom I imagine he wants the best, try to set an example to our youth of the great values we all share, besides sex.”

“[The Roman Catholic church] does not reject the homosexual [but] their immoral actions and behaviors, and trying to promote homosexuality or sexual promiscuity among our youth, indeed, is immoral regardless of where it comes from”.

Martin, who announced last year that he his gay, is the father of twin sons, Matteo and Valentino.

Last month, Pastor Wanda Rolon of First Christian Church of La Senada Antigua, and self-described “Apostle,” posted a Facebook rant calling Martin a man “who wants to take people to hell! RM is its ambassador.”

Rolon later deleted the post and denied claims she was homophobic.

The criticism coincides with the recent launch of Martin’s “Music+Soul+Sex” concert tour.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. and the priests with being stupied!

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:01pm
  2. Ricky is setting a bad example with homosexuality? What about the priests who molest altar boys? That’s not a bad example?

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:03pm
  3. Ricky is setting a bad example with homosexuality? What about the priests who molest altar boys? That’s not a bad example?

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:03pm
  4. Live let live let Ricky and every other homsexual be there self ! we never get break! so tried herring what gays do wrong!

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:14pm
  5. We are who we are…..so they need to shut the hell up. Be true to yourself and mind your own!

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:15pm
  6. I have a terrific idea, lets take the word of people long past dead, that we don’t know, have never met, and have no reason to trust…..Take their word that they have interpreted God’s will and have put it in a book for everyone to blindly follow as truth. Then we can ignore all the things we don’t like that’s in there and is no longer acceptable to society. Then we can take our prejudices and find a few passages that according to OUR interpretation allows us to denegrate an entire group of people. All in the name of a supposed loving god!

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:34pm
  7. I have a terrific idea, lets take the word of people long past dead, that we don’t know, have never met, and have no reason to trust…..Take their word that they have interpreted God’s will and have put it in a book for everyone to blindly follow as truth. Then we can ignore all the things we don’t like that’s in there and is no longer acceptable to society. Then we can take our prejudices and find a few passages that according to OUR interpretation allows us to denegrate an entire group of people. All in the name of a supposed loving god!

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:34pm
  8. amen! I agree with Tori. Well said.

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:53pm
  9. Ricky martin is gay? Thats cool, din know that.

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:53pm
  10. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones or screw alter boys..

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:28pm
  11. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones or screw alter boys..

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:28pm
  12. Jesus said far more than those who quote him realize, for example,
    from Matthew:
    4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
    7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
    8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
    10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
    11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

    This passage does not in anyway support condemnation of gays. It says three things: 1) no divorces, 2) Moses’ law is not the same as God’s law, and 3) some males are not supposed to marry women, that “word” was not given to them, but instead only those who can “accept this should accept it”. This passage is concerned about the wellbeing of young women/mothers; it is not about oppressing sexual minorities, and is most certainly not an instruction to all males to marry a woman.

    PS The modern word “Eunich” had a broader definition then it does today.

    Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 9:07pm
  13. The religious church feels they need to invade the life of innocent people and point out their “flaws”. Last time I checked, thats called bullying, and no one likes being bullied. I thought their message was meant to be about peace and doing unto others as you would yourself; not hate and intolerance. We are a very tolerant and loving minority; bullying us is like kicking a kitten.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:14am
  14. Ricky Martin’s sons LIVE with two dads. Homosexuality is going to need to be discussed eventually in that house. It’d be like ignoring the elephant in the room. It’s similar to the Birds & the Bees discussion, just in a different context. His children are actually LUCKY to be able to have a diverse life instead of the traditional family with a mom and a dad so they can, in turn, also be open to different types of people unlike the close-minded jerks of the religious leaders in Puerto Rico. GO RICKY.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:01pm
  15. Ricky Martin’s sons LIVE with two dads. Homosexuality is going to need to be discussed eventually in that house. It’d be like ignoring the elephant in the room. It’s similar to the Birds & the Bees discussion, just in a different context. His children are actually LUCKY to be able to have a diverse life instead of the traditional family with a mom and a dad so they can, in turn, also be open to different types of people unlike the close-minded jerks of the religious leaders in Puerto Rico. GO RICKY.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:01pm
  16. Those priests are one to talk, molesting children and horrendously oppress parishioners of their churches. Yeah that’s setting a good example for children.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:03pm
  17. Those priests are one to talk, molesting children and horrendously oppress parishioners of their churches. Yeah that’s setting a good example for children.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:03pm
  18. Another example why the Church of Pedophilia (aka Catholic church) is a dieing religion.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 5:00pm
  19. Bigotry and oppression in the name of God is like abusing someone whilst hiding behind your fathers pants. It is more a mark of ones own insecurities. If a person is born with a sexual alignment and preference then it is de facto natural. Our theology has been written by people of limited social and sexual vision. They use their own standards to dictate what is acceptable to them.

    Get a therapist dear Cardinal and Pastor, and stop using your power and faith to oppress others so you are not challenged. And leave God out of the argument. He/She/It is quite capable of breaking your stereotypes without your demanding creation conform to your limited vision.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:30pm
  20. He’s not gay, he’s setting an example of how- yeah, you get the idea.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:54am
  21. He’s not gay, he’s setting an example of how- yeah, you get the idea.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:54am