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Monday, 28 February 2011

UK gay humanists unsurprised at archbishop’s stance on gay ceremonies in church

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that he will not countenance Church of England buildings being used to conduct gay civil partnership ceremonies and is not prepared to let the Government tell the Church how to behave.

Commenting on this on behalf of the gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust, owner of this blog, its secretary George Broadhead said, “This is not at all surprising. When Williams was first appointed in 2003, he was warmly welcomed by gay Christians as a liberal, but it has become obvious in recent years that he has thrown in his lot with the Church’s evangelicals who take a hard line on gay sexual relationships and gay rights. He has been unwilling to distance himself, let alone condemn, the worst of these like the Anglicans in Uganda. Although he publicly condemned the murder of the Ugandan gay activist David Kato, he declined to recognise the part played in stoking up anti-gay hatred by the Anglican Church in that country.

“Humanists campaign for a society in which everyone is free to practise their faith, change it, or not have one at all, but many wonder why any self-respecting gay person would want a ceremony in a building which belongs to an institution which oppresses them. After all there are now plenty of plush alternatives to the often gloomy registry offices.”

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Gay is a choice, says jackass Justin

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber . . .

Oh, such journalese!

Anyway, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has shown that he's as naïve as he is cute by saying that being gay is a matter of choice – a decision.

Just to show what a silly little boy he is, he has added that abortion is wrong, even if the mother-to-be has been raped.

Oh, Justin, you've got a bit of growing up to do. Sorry if that sounds patronising, coming from an old git, but, Jesus, there are times when you just gotta tell a kid he's a dumbass motherfucker.

Pink News says: "When asked [by Rolling Stone mag] what his views on homosexuality are, Bieber responded: 'It’s everyone’s own decision to do that. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else.'

"It is not clear whether he intended to label homosexuality as a lifestyle choice."

Sounds like it to this humble blogger. Either his views will mature and he'll regret his childish outburst, or he'll reach adulthood thinking like this – and then sensible people can really have a go at him.

Mind you, this is the young man who told the Guardian in November last year: "I pray all the time. I pray two to three times a day. When I wake up I thank him for my blessings. I thank him for putting me in this position. And at the end of the day I get out my Bible. At home-school my tutor is Christian, so we go over Bible verses. It's something that keeps me grounded."

Pass the sick bucket, somebody.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Muslims' hate posters in London's East End

Kids going to school in London's East End are being treated to hate posters near their school, declaring "Gay Free zone". Charming!

We assume it's the work of Islamic extremists, because the posters add, "Allah is severe in punishment".

"They appeared across Whitechapel and Spitalfields at the weekend—some even believed to be targeted at school children," says the East London Advertiser, linked to above.

"Most have now been have torn down by a community writer and activist who has had to keep his identity secret because of previous death threats."

Monday, 14 February 2011

Main churches – and of course Norman bloody Tebbit – against civil partnerships in religious premises (no surprise there, then)

I've just realised I've told the entire story in the headline. Never mind. Here's a link to a story on Digital Journal about it, with further links there.

It should come as no surprise to us, of course, that right-wing Tories – the ones who make the Nasty Party look positively benign – would oppose the idea. The Church of England does, although the Archbishop of York is guarded.

And as for Pope sodding Ratzinger . . . well, it goes without saying.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Uganda: it's worse than we thought

Things seem to be worse in Uganda than most people thought, according to BBC Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills.

Mills has been speaking to about an upcoming documentary. The gay presenter told how he feared for his own safety in the country.

"Mills met anti-gay MP David Bahati as part of filming for The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?," says the outlet.

Bahati is the homophobic – nay, evil – twat who would be happy to see gays executed.

"When the presenter said he was gay, Bahati became enraged and the film crew fled," says "Later, they heard that Bahati had sent armed police to a hotel he thought they were staying at."

He's quoted as saying, "I was really frightened. It’s just something that you wouldn’t think would happen. It was a real shock to the system and we were told to lie low."

The World’s Worst Place to be Gay? will be shown on BBC3 at 9 p.m. on Monday, 14 February.

Mr Green respondeth

The real Stephen Green, as we called him in a previous post when his ex-wife accused him of beating her up, has responded.

She, as you'll see from the above link, made allegations in the Daily Mail about this nutcase who seems to spend most of his energy ranting about gays. He had beaten her and the kids, she said, and had been a thoroughly bad lot.

In the interests of balance, here is a link to his response, which appears on his blog.

He says, among other things: "The article was a catalogue of smears and distortions stitched together by a tabloid journalist [Frances Hardy] who specialises in TV, celebrities, women’s features and gossip. She also has an anti-Christian agenda. Just over a year ago, she wrote a sycophantic piece exalting the pro-paedophilia campaigner Peter Tatchell. In April this year, she gushed over the first two lesbians who have jointly put their names on the birth certificate of the baby born to one of them."

As for an allegation that was tantamount to one of marital rape, Green says, "I never once had sexual relations with my former wife against her clearly expressed wish."

He goes on, "Secondly, in connection with the published allegations that I assaulted her, the truth, sadly, is the complete opposite. I had to obtain a harassment order against her to stop a campaign of intimidation and on one of the occasions when she assaulted me, I reported the matter to the police and she received a police caution."

There's more.
Update: I left a comment on Stephen Green's blog. I did wonder whether he'd use it, and he did. I mentioned the famous "Dr Laura" letter, which takes the piss out of Leviticus. He pointed me to a post of his own that tries to refute the letter, but fails. For one who you would think would call the Bible inerrant, he seems happy to say that this or that law has now been done away with because of Paul's vision or Peter's vision in the New Testament. You be the judge. You might like to argue the point with Mr Green. However, I think you would be wasting your time.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

They were just holding hands, for goodness' sake!

It's good to see school students taking things into their own hands. If a school is to function properly, you don't want them doing it for flimsy reasons, but, when there's a principle at stake, they should take action in the form of mass disobedience. Otherwise, education is lacking in its remit to make students think, as distinct from merely imparting knowledge.

And that means to think for themselves, not allow the (in this case narrow and bigoted) views of teachers to get in the way.

So what was it all about? Well, a couple of girl students were holding hands, and were told to stop it. Anyone would think they'd been feeling each other up.

I recall at my school – too far back for me to care to remember – that I had my arm loosely over the shoulders of another boy, who had his arm round me in a similar casual manner. We were pals. We were told to part by some idiot who has only the flimsiest excuse that it was a few decades ago.

But what are they afraid of? If students were exposing themselves and engaging in face-swallowing snogs in lessons that would be one thing. Holding hands? Arms casually around each other?

So full marks to the students of St Benedict’s Catholic College in Colchester, Essex, England, for showing the teachers what they think of their prurient attitude.

All gays were abused as children, shock, horror!

So, if you are gay you were abused as a child. Hmm.

But you can see what sort of idiotic pillock came up with that one when you see later in the Daily Mail story linked to above that he thinks anyone who leaves Islam should be jailed.