In a world that is rapidly turning on itself, it’s heartening to know that we know who to blame for all the horrible things going on around the globe… those pesky gays. Why, if it wasn’t for them, some politicians say, we’d have gotten away with our ‘perfect’ world.
Alas, the ‘Scooby Doo’ statesmen who seem so prevalent at the moment have become more than just cartoon caricatures of themselves.
Here, in the UK we have David Silvester, a UKIP councillor who blamed recent floods on equal marriage.
In the USA, Oliver North, a former Lieutenant Colonel who hosts a War Stories segment on Fox News said that allowing gays to openly serve has made the military ‘laboratory rats in some radical social experiment’, and blamed Obama’s ‘pink crayon’ policies for the current conflict in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, in Africa we have the upsurge in homo-hate from a section of leaders who blame their dire incompetence on… yes you guessed it… those pesky gays and their ‘offensive’ and ‘un-godly’ ways.
What worries me greatly is just who is actually financing this sudden hate campaign in countries that, I believe, never had any such problems before.
In Russia, they have their own version of the hated Section 28, the piece of legislation rushed in by Maggie Thatcher and her cabinet of nodding dog that said that no local authority should “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” Who says that the west isn’t listened to any more… even if it is twenty five years later? It deflects the corruption of their leaders and their sociopathic* leader Putin.
* As defined by Wikipedia: sociopathy is traditionally defined as a personality disorder, characterized by enduring antisocial behaviour, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behaviour.
Now we see an upsurge in marauding gay-bashers who appear to go about their business with impunity. I would suspect that if it was a bunch of gay men going around beating up vulnerable straight boys who happen to be out and about, action wouldn’t be so slow in forthcoming. Although, I’m not sure if I’d want to put that hypothesis to the test but… it would be interesting.
In recent years the gay rights campaign, here in the UK at least, has come a long way, and it pleases me that although social media has led to some very unpleasant people gaining a platform, it also means that those who disagree with homophobes, are equally vocal in their denunciation of these haters.
It may be all down to one thing, equality, a term that doesn’t drip off many politician’s tongue because, it is better if not everyone is equal. It means control of a group is sanctioned if it’s on the outskirts of society, it makes blame easier and best of all, it can be used as a diversion for incompetence. Governments like to keep secrets. They also like to keep a sense of fear as it makes bringing in restrictive laws easier, while suspicion of difference (exacerbated by agenda motivated journalists) can keep a climate of simmering hate, fermenting for years.
Be warned, the battle for equality is nowhere near won, for gays or anyone else for that matter but remember:
Don’t let your MPs or representatives get away anything.
Question the words they say and their motives.
Nobody has heard the fat lady sing, so, it isn’t all over yet.