A NUMBER of factors – including the rise of Christianity – led to the eventual collapse of the Roman Empire.
But a top a leading Italian history professor and devout Roman Catholic – Roberto De Mattei, 63 – Â insists that The Gays were to blame.
According to this report, the Vice-President of Italy’s prestigious Centre for National Research said in a radio interview this week:
The collapse of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Barbarians was due to the spread of homosexuality. The Roman colony of Carthage was a paradise for homosexuals and they infected many others. The invasion of the Barbarians was seen as punishment for this moral transgression.
It is well-known that effeminate men and homosexuals have no place in the kingdom of God. Homosexuality was not rife among the Barbarians and this shows God’s justice throughout history.
Unsurprisingly, this numpty – who had already raised eyebrows by saying the Japanese tsunami was “divine punishment” – is now at the centre of a furious row, and faces calls to resign.
Fellow historians, gay rights groups and politicians expressed their outrage over the historian’s claims. Paola Concia, a lawmaker with the Democratic Left, said:
I have tabled an urgent call for the education minister to intervene.
Italian gay groups said the professor’s comments were “based on superstition” and described them as “ridiculous and outrageous”.
Historian Emilio Gabba, a leading light in Roman history, said:
It is highly improbable homosexuality led to the fall of the Roman Empire.
And Professor Lellia Cracco Ruggini, an expert on Roman history from Turin University, added:
There is no proof Rome had a high number of homosexuals. I can safely say Rome did not fall because it was gay.