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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Let's do it the Taliban way

The Doncaster (Yorkshire, UK) mayor who tried to ban funding for gay Pride marches – saying he didn’t think public money should be used to allow gays and lesbians to parade through the town “advertising their sexuality” – seems to think we ought to look to the Taliban as fine exemplars of family values.

Peter Davies (pictured) is an English Democrat, elected in June, and has claimed that, under the Taliban, Afghanistan had an “ordered system of family life”.

Referring to recent child-abuse scandals in his town, he said, “The one thing that can be said about the Taliban is that they do have an ordered society of some sort and that they don’t have hundreds of cases of children under threat of abuse from violent parents, as we do in Doncaster.”

Whether public money should be handed out for any marches is a moot point, and can be argued elsewhere, but is he really sane when he points to the Taliban – who execute women for not dressing just so and who won’t let girls go to school – as a fine example of family values?

His defence of his remarks includes the claim that the Taliban are hideous but do have some family values, and he adds, “We in this country have created mayhem through lax social policies of disregard for marriage and the family and we have created mayhem in society.”

Well, the mayhem might not have happened if people of your mentality had not decreed long ago that being gay was in some way evil and wrong. By now, gay relationships might not even be called gay, might only rarely be referred to as same-sex, because they would be an accepted, normalised part of society and would attract no comment, no friction, no mayhem.

But you, Mr Davies, like Catholics and fundamentalist Christians, seem to think that one kind of relationship somehow “undermines” marriage, as if gays wanted to scrap marriage in favour of same-sex relationships.

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