Catholic priest cartoonist Matthew S. Farkas has drawn a cartoon showing how homophobia harms society by making gay people less vulnerable to abuse.

Mr Farkass’ depiction of a gay man being bullied at school has captivated people around the world and sparked debate about the importance of education.

“There’s a great amount of hatred against gay people in this country and that’s why it’s important that people get educated and that they know that it’s not something that can be eradicated overnight,” he said.

“It’s not going to be eradicable by just talking about the idea of tolerance.”

The more people know that that’s not the case, the more they can understand and love and love each other.

“Mr Fargas started working on the cartoon about five years ago and said he has not seen a single person ask him for permission to make the cartoon.”

I’m so grateful that they have been so understanding and understanding of my freedom to do it and I’m happy with that,” he told ABC Radio Perth.”

They’re very supportive of what I’m doing.

They see it as an expression of my art.

“Mr Sargeant, who is a retired school principal in Sydney, said the cartoon had been drawing interest and was now widely distributed.”

We had a lot of people asking for permission for it,” he recalled.”

Some of them were quite shocked.

Others thought it was really funny.

It’s a very important piece of work.

“People don’t really realise how much harm is being done by this kind of culture.”

He said the Catholic Church was not exempt from homophobia and homophobia was often an excuse for bullying.

“When a Catholic priest says something, they’re going to hear from people who have been victims of it, but sometimes it’s been just an excuse,” he explained.

“A lot of times people think it’s something they can just put in the back of their mind and it’s gone.”

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