Er. . .yeah. Yeah, I hear ya clearly on this one (I think).
Well except that I don't envision a change in iconography or statuary to go with the anti-gay sentiments, because those sentiments don't strike me as new, only as newly universally politicized.
Yes, certainly the church has been interwoven with the state throughout history - to the detriment of both.
I don't know what Fourth Estate means, so I can't comment about that. But I do hear clearly your outcry about the scapegoating of gay clergy and the concommitant weakening of the church.