An Italian professor is facing rebuke and possible termination because he told a radio interviewer that gays caused Rome's downfall.
Roberto De Mattei is vice president of Italy's prestigious Centre for National Research in Rome. In a radio interview, the 63-year-old said, "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."
Gay groups and some Italian lawmakers are calling for De Mattei's resignation.