Facebook homophobia video says Eucharist smells like hate

A video on homophobia posted in Facebook that parodies the Eucharist and says it tastes “like cardboard” and smells “like hate” has drawn criticism from Bishop John Keenan of Paisley.

He said the video posted by BBC Scotland “is ridiculing and demeaning the faith of ordinary Catholics, especially at a time when Catholics are experiencing more and more abuse and prejudice in Scotland.”

Created by Sean Lìonadh, “This is how homophobia feels in 2018” was posted on BBC’s “The Social” Facebook page on 9 April. This page targets young people.

The video discusses reactions to a gay couple who are walking in a park.

The narrator says “normality is a crowd-sourced fantasy.” It focuses on the moral failings of those who view homosexual acts as immoral.

“Jesus saved a lot of time when he died for our crimes, that he would’ve wasted teaching small minds that love is no sin,” the narrator says.

A man and a pregnant woman are also depicted. The narrator says the woman’s “normality” will be shattered when she suffers a miscarriage.

A street preacher is also shown, along with scenes of a Mass.

A priest elevates a cheese biscuit as a parody of a Host, and then distributes it to a kneeling woman, who makes the sign of the cross.

The narrator says during this, “See him, he thinks it’s faith, but under all that din, it tastes like cardboard, and it smells like hate.”

Keenan noted the video was posted “in a week when a Sunday Times poll found 20 percent of Catholics reported personally experiencing abuse or prejudice towards their faith.”

Recent government figures show that 57 percent of religiously aggravated crime is directed at Catholics, an increase of 14 percent. “And we all wonder why,” Keenan said.

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