Gianluca Bezzina attends the Nationalist Party’s General Council and appears to have gone on a subtle Catholic-induced homophobic rant. While I am all for freedom of expression, people with a certain public image should really thread carefully in expressing their views that impact different societal situations.
Quoting Dr Bezzina from his nervous and uncomfortable speech:
“As a person, I am not very interested in politics, but I do follow current events around the world and in Malta. Something which has really been irritating me lately, and which I feel very strongly about, is that I am slowly seeing human being’s values and morals changing drastically” – Gianluca chose to speak about morals and values at a political event. Ah to be young and naive.
“We are living in times where the general mentality is becoming more liberal, where if I feel that something is good, I do not simply feel the need to do it but I make it a right. If I feel that something is correct, I would want to eventually change the law so that even though that thing is not necessarily right, it becomes justifiable and something which is right and I have the permission and right to do“ – Laws change according to the changing needs of society. Malta needed to allow divorce to become part of its constitution, as well as civil partnerships, since these represent the existential reality in which Maltese society finds itself. Just because you think something is “not necessarily” right, you have no authority to impose your views on others that do not share your same views.
“I believe that as human beings we are slowly redefining and reinventing morals. The morals that have been defined for thousands of years, the morals that no one has ever changed, are slowly being lost and changed to according what suits us, even if sometimes we only see the short term solution” – Human beings have been redefining and reinventing morals for centuries. If Game of Thrones has taught us anything in its grand theatrical form, is how far society has come from the Dark and Middle Ages. Remember all that murder, rape and pillaging that used to happen in several European countries a couple of centuries ago?
“Unfortunately, the governments of Malta and those around the world are promoting such behaviour, because these governments know that if they want to win an election in a country that has a certain balance (?), you win the support of minorities by changing a law for them – so why not? This behaviour has been observed in various countries and even in Malta, where certain laws have recently been passed that show this” – A clear reference to the recent passing of the referendum recognising same-sex marriage in Ireland, and the inclusion of the Civil Union Act in 2014 and the Gender Identity Act of 2015 into Malta’s constitution. FYI Gianluca, the church in Ireland, one of the most Catholic and traditionally conservative countries in the world, took a back seat in the same-sex marriage referendum campaign. It did not even get involved in the issue. The archbishop told the Irish press that “We [the Church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities”. Yet you and the Maltese church seem to still find yourselves in denial on this issue.
“I am not saying that we take bad decisions, but sometimes we tend to rush to certain decisions. My worry is not about the decisions that have been taken, but I am sure that in the next couple of months or years we will be discussing more pertinent issues such as abortion” – This reminds me of the Church’s argument about divorce in 2011 – first we get divorce, then we get abortion! The country will not spontaneously implode if we decide to have an open discussion on abortion and see what comes out of it. I am actually more worried about the state of our environment at the moment than anything else.
“I am sure that political parties would consider providing this process in order to win a couple thousand of votes to win an election. It is easier to see things from a temporary perspective and not for the good of mankind” – enter Gianluca’s trademark ‘I’m so friendly’ smile, and enter hypocrisy induced nausea.
“This is my appeal to the Nationalist Party, to uphold our values not just as Christians, as there are individuals of different faiths, but most importantly as human beings” – Ah yes, we forgot that that are Maltese citizens of different faiths, but screw them.
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I have to say that I am extremely disappointed by these comments. While I am aware that Gianluca is an active member of the Maltese Catholic community, so I expect some regressive views on divorce, homosexuality and abortion, he is also a prominent public figure (even though I still cannot comprehend why Maltese people idolise Eurovision singers in the first place). Gianluca vehemently rebutted the homophobic claims of these comments on Facebook, so he should explain what he was exactly referring to.
Actually, let me ask him a direct question: As a practising Catholic, what are your views on same-sex marriage should it be introduced in Malta?
Gianluca, you may be soft-spoken and may genuinely seem like a nice guy, but you’re being a bit of a hypocrite. Love and tolerance are two fundamental values that most Catholics in this country seem to throw out the window in the face of homosexuals, immigrants and people from other social situations. Apart from the issue of abortion, which you clearly highlighted in your speech, what are the other issues that are causing such discomfort that it made you preach about morals and values at a political meeting?
Remember the comments you said at this meeting when you sing that #StopHate campaign track you were part of. Also, you should consider recording a a duet with that River of Love fanatic Matthew Grech.
You can see Gianluca’s cryptic speech below: