This blog was indifferent to gay marriage as we were to most ‘Gay Rights Issues’, until while defending (as a good liberal should) the right of opponents of same sex marriage to post their opinions in public forums.
“You can’t claim people have a right to hold such bigoted opinions, you homophobic, religious right, tea party nut job, you are denying people the right to love who they choose,” came the first screaming reply, followed by an orchestrated hate attack from they lefty mob.
Now it so happens that while I find ‘gays’ shallow, self – obsessed, self – pitying, immature and B-O-R-I-N-G, I’ve always had a lot of time for a certain kind of queers (aesthetic, articulate, witty, great company, like my friends James P and Craig D, or the best boss I ever had, Peter H (who later became a friend), and the most loyal friends anyone could wish for.
The claim that by opposing same sex marriage I am denying people the right to love whom they choose is ridiculous and ignorant. Marriage is not about love, marriage in the Abrahamic religions and most other human cultures is a system of trading daughters or sisters for money, status, land, favours, influence.
If you want a taste of what the world of ‘queers’ was like, you could read The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp, an excellent memoir by an overtly homosexual man about his life in London from the 1930s to 60s.,during which time homosexuality was criminalised.
Crisp’s wit and charm did a lot to make homosexuality acceptable in British society (Unfortunately when he had retired to live quietly as a ‘people watcher’ in New York the nasty, mean spirited, intolerant leaders of the NYC gay community turned on him when as an old man, no longer sexually active, he insisted on having his own opinion on the HIV / AIDS issue)
It is good to find that more and more people who are real liberals and understand hat being liberal means are starting to make a stand against the neo Nazis of the left and the gay rights lobby who are determined to usurp our right to free speech and to determine for ourselves what opinions we hold and where we are free to express them. I introduce liberal journalist Brendan O’Neill, who identifies as a liberal, and who has a long history on the Left of British politics, found himself in Australia to debate the issue which is currently one of the country’s hot potatoes.
But instead of the usual, glowing praise from the liberal Left, in the embedded video, O’Neill offers something a bit more interesting: intellectual honesty. Below the embed window is a summary of what Brendan says, just in case the video does not work or sound quality on your device is poor.
Brendan O’Neill: “Here’s what freaks me out about gay marriage. It presents itself as this kind of liberal, civil rightsy issue but it has this really ugly, intolerant streak to it. Any one who opposes gay marriage is demonised, harassed we’ve seen people thrown out of their jobs because they criticise gay marriage. We’ve seen people ejected from polite society.
“Two hundred years ago if you didn’t believe in God, you wouldn’t have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. Today if you don’t believe in gay marriage, you don’t have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. There’s a real ugly element to this.
“You really see it with the whole cake shop phenomenon. This whole thing around the Western world where people are going to Christian, traditional cake shops and saying to them Hey you stupid Christians, make this cake for me’ and if they don’t they call the police, there are equality cases, shops have closed down. It’s like a 21st century form of religious persecution. It’s horrendous.
“Of course some people support gay marriage and that’s absolutely fine, but what is extraordinary and unacceptable is that they cannot tolerate the existence of people who do not support gay marriage. And I think we sometimes fail to understand how extraordinary that is.
US Polling Expert Finds Young Americans Are ‘Terrifyingly Liberal’
Like ‘science’ the word ‘liberal’ has become totally misused, those who call themselves now are bigoted, authoritarian and and ill informed. And they do not tolerate those who express opinions differing from theirs. And it seems, the American ones are worse.
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