The Rush To Judgment
It seems to me that we are wrong to pass judgment on what these two Italian parliamentarians did until we have all the facts as to what it was that they did.
Someone seems to have concluded from a sketchy news report that there was a inapproriate display of a sexual act in a nativity scene--that conclusion does not seem to be supported by any of the facts brought to my attention so far.
Are we saying it's o.k. for the baby Jesus to invite sheep and cattle into his home, but gay people are not allowed? Frankly, my faith is deeply offended by the idea that Jesus was not born for LGBT people as well as for the rest of creation.
There are some people that are offended that "unrepentent homosexuals" ask for communion or bring their children for baptism or seek to be members of Christ's church--I think that rightly offends me and every self-respecting LGBT Christian.
Our President calls Marriage a "sacred institution"--what he's saying is that it is offensive for LGBT people to want or receive Marriage. I think excluding LGBT people from Marriage is exactly the same thing as excluding them from the Nativity.
Now, when and if facts come out that indicate that these Italian parliamentarians perpetrated some patently offensive sexual display, than I'll agree with Suz, there's no excuse for that--but two people of the same gender embracing one another should offend no one.