Gays are NOT comparable to serial killers

by Mr Wainscotting

[I’m a few days behind on this story, and I have a few more posts backed up, but I’ve been both busy and ill, so I’ll try to clear the backlog as soon as I can.]

Another story from Australia, this time Armadale Christian College. This one goes in my ‘why I oppose faith schools’ file.

It’s not bad enough that we have to defend ourselves from accusations of being paedophiles, but this school ramps it up by comparing homosexuals to serial killers…

“Many people say that homosexuality is an inborn trait. Is a person born greedy, jealous, malicious, gossiper, slanderer, thief, child abuser, serial killer?”

Source.

A homework assignment given to 14-15 year-olds at the school asked “Is homosexuality the sickest sin there is?” among other things, and pointed to biblical quotes describing homosexuality as an “abomination”.*

Now, the school, or rather the association that encompasses it, might like to claim that they’re merely “facilitating discussion on common views in society” rather than condemning homosexuality, but to have the biblical quote “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? … Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites” as the subheading for that section of the assignment tells me that the discussion was rather one sided.

I can remember what it was like, being a little closeted 4th-former at school, absolutely paranoid about what I was. Though my school was largely silent on the matter, when teachers did speak about it, those that did spoke quite positively. But there was an enormous amount of unchallenged homophobia in the school yard, and actually being gay was not an option — I hated being gay (and by extension, everything about myself), and the only Christian view I got at the time was, and I remember this clearly, that homosexuality was “evil, wrong and unnatural.”

14-15 year-olds are typically in the middle of puberty, when they’re discovering sexuality and what it means to them. For someone this age to have their school requiring them to complete an assignment that effectively calls them sick and compares them to fucking serial killers, can only be damaging. Forget that they’re trying to “facilitate discussion” — any discussion with kids of that age that doesn’t resound with affirmation and acceptance is dangerous, vile, and has absolutely no place in a school, faith-based or otherwise.

The assignment also stated that homosexuality was a “compromise for the need to be loved and accepted”, resulting for many from “low self-esteem (and) gender emptiness”.

Fuck off, school. These views are outdated, offensive and wrong, and they have no place in any curriculum.

* The Hebrew text used the term Tōʻēḇā which was also used to describe, of all things, dietary violations.

I’ve never tried Moa Beer…

by Mr Wainscotting

… and now I probably never will. Not unless they get rid of their marketing strategist immediately.

"Fifty years ago, before there were lesbians, this is what beer tasted like."

Back in February, they launched this slogan on billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. I didn’t see them (as I live in neither of those cities) so I only found out about it when this little image started doing the rounds on tumblr.

First of all, that doesn’t even make sense. What the hell do they mean “before there were lesbians”, as if they were invented some time in the 70’s?

Second of all, they already pissed off the queer community last year, you’d think they’d be a little more sensitive to try it again.

Any company that uses bigotry in it’s advertising is not deserving of our money. Their nonpology last year (“We asked some of our gay mates and they thought it was funny, but I guess we should’ve asked a few more.”) didn’t give me much reason to think that they’re going to be very forthcoming this time.

Oh well, I don’t even like beer anyway, so boycotting them won’t be particularly difficult for me.

Launch of “LegaliseLove” to Level a Locution for Liberty

Alliteration aside (soz, couldn’t resist), this is a fantastic thing. The marriage equality movement in new zealand has stagnated since the passing of the Civil Union Act 2004, and the launch of the LegaliseLove campaign looks set to make the most of the recent stirrings in the adoption reform discussion and kick off a serious discussion:

LegaliseLove is a campaign working towards two things: marriage equality and adoption rights for non-heterosexual New Zealanders.

Adoption rights for non-heterosexual couples is important, because there are many couples who are not allowed to provide loving, stable homes to children who desperately need it, for no other reason than whether they’ve got an innie or an outie; and also because there are many, many couples who already have children, but aren’t able to have their guardianship rights legally recognised because their genitals don’t have the required polarity.

Marriage equality is also important in new zealand. Even though we already have civil unions, they carry the whole separate-but-equal stigma (hat-tip Idiot/Savant) that while explicitly equal, is implicitly not equal — the government is treating us like second class citizens, who don’t deserve full recognition of our existence.

If the government were to legalise same-sex marriage, it would send a bold signal to the people of this country, and the world, that queer people are equal and deserve equal rights. We pride ourselves, as a nation, as being at the forefront of human rights globally, through our work in the UN, and yet, we seem to be neglecting the ideal within our own shores.

New York is still here, as is Canada, Spain, Argentina and all the other states that have legalised same-sex marriage, and updated their adoption laws — these places haven’t been consumed in Sodomesque conflagrations. As I’ve said before, the only reason to oppose it is bigotry. There are a number of reasons that politicians don’t want to pick it up — ranging from not wanting to lose votes from those against it to actively opposing it themselves. Either way, their opposition is bigoted, because it places votes above the rights of a significant portion of the population.

I hope LeganiseLove takes off, and I intend to give it my full support. I hope you will do the same.

Lesbians caused the rioting in London…

by Mr Wainscotting

Wait, what?

I believe the push for same-sex marriage is not about enhancing the lives of gay couples… You only had to see the burning streets of London last week to see the manifestation of a fatherless society.

Um… I think you have it a little backwards there… or inside out… or something. Whatever you’ve got it, I’m fairly sure it’s wrong…

This magical logic burp comes from Miranda Devine in Australia’s Sunday Telegraph. She opens the piece talking about an Australian politician’s same-sex partner being pregnant, and turns the fact that many see it as a cause for celebration into a conspiracy to deny heterosexual couples their legitimacy.

I come across this so much, and it’s stupid; we are not trying to destroy straight people! Seriously.

The issue [of same-sex marriage] is largely symbolic. It is simply a political tool to undermine the last bastion of bourgeois morality – the traditional nuclear family.

Tell that to all the queer people around the world fighting for same-sex marriage. Tell that to all of us who want our love receive the same legal recognition as hetero- couples.

And, wait… “bourgeois”? Seriously? Homophobic and classist in one fell swoop.

Also, why? I always see people wailing that we’re trying to destroy society and families, but what the whiners never elaborate on is the why. They just scream some crap about the Gay Agenda or something.

On the issue of the riots, she goes on to say this:

The collapse of family life in Britain has been laid bare, reported to have the highest proportion of single mothers in Europe and nearly half of all children suffering family breakdown by the age of 16.

Fatherless families in underprivileged boroughs of London are the norm.

… But the fact is the fathers of those children are probably long gone. There are no “parents” to take charge and exert control over their wayward children.

This has nothing to do with same-sex marriage or adoption. That children are being raised in so-called ‘broken’ homes is a symptom of the same socioeconomic factors that lead to the rioting in London, it wasn’t the cause of it. The notion that children need a father to not turn into violent, wayward criminals is both ridiculous and offensive, and what Devine is actually saying here, is that women are not capable of raising children on their own, and are incapable of instilling values in their children.

It is politically incorrect to say so, but the ideal situation for a child is to be brought up in an intact family with a father and a mother.

No, it’s not politically incorrect to say so, because there’s no such thing as political incorrectness. It’s just plain incorrect. Fun fact: Lesbian parents do it better.

Once again, we see someone who is full of moral panic conflating disparate issues and getting them all wrong. It’s a pity that The Telegraph thought it worthy of publication.

NZFF: Miss Representation

by Mr Wainscotting

See this film.

Seriously.

I’ve never watched a documentary that drew so many gasps from the audience. Nor have I watched a documentary that made me cry — this one did. (Yes, I cried. You can list all your favourite over-emotional, “PMSing” gay guy jokes on a piece of paper and place it neatly in the toilet).

Normally, I’d mark a film down if it wasn’t technically up to scratch, but I quickly forgot about the editing and presentation, because the content was just so powerful. Mr Wainscotting’s rating: 6/5 (as in, should be compulsory viewing).

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NZFF: Weekend

by Mr Wainscotting

[This was supposed to be published the other day, but my computer is being a poo.]

So, I’ve finally started going to the film festival, almost a week into the programme. The first film I got to watch was the last screening of Weekend, by writer/director Andrew Haigh.

In short: A brilliant gay film from the UK. Beautifully shot and constructed with incredibly real performances. Mr Wainscotting’s rating: 4/5

A more in depth spoilery review is below the fold. [Yes there are SPOILERS]

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