The North might not be a ‘third world’ tin pot dictatorship but some of the dinosaurs and theocrats it is home to exhibit behaviour and perspectives that suggest they are uncomfortable with the mores of what they deem the ‘first world.’
In the recent past the radical Stormont administration voted down a motion that if passed would have allowed same-sex couples to be married in the North. Sinn Fein and the Green Party were behind the joint proposal but it was suffocated by the DUP. The Guardian reported that both the DUP and UUP had come under pressure from Protestant churches to scuttle the move. Anything malign and the smell of a cleric can be found lingering.
The Presbyterian Church said gay marriage would ‘effectively demolish generations and centuries of societal norms established on Judeo-Christian values.’ They easily overlook that religious opinion is for religious people and no one else. Judeo-Christian values should be practiced on those who hold them but are not to be inflicted on those who do not.
Faced with this type of religious driven anti-gay prejudice the charity group Stonewall last month awarded Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien its bigot of the year award. Stonewall Scotland director Colin MacFarlane said:
I think given the language used by the cardinal over the past few years and by those other people nominated, I would say bigot is quite a moderate term to use. Stonewall’s task is to shine a light on discrimination.
The Catholic Church in response accused Stonewall of trying to vilify its opponents.
Stonewall and others have promoted terms like ‘bigot’ and ‘homophobe’ relentlessly, in order to intimidate and vilify anyone who dares oppose their agenda. It is an agenda which the wider public does not endorse and which their excessive language has undermined.
Stonewall merely called it as it was; no mention of sinners or abomination. Nor did it threaten to see people burn forever amen. Anti-gay prejudice is simply nothing other than bigotry and those who advocate it are bigots. Simple as.
The bigoted North might not be in the same league as Uganda but there is little that would cast doubt on the notion that enough of the Neanderthal type are embedded in Stormont who would not object in the slightest were the place to go that way. The geographic distance from Belfast to Kampala hardly captures the proximity of the thought between the two. In the African country there is a bill popularly known as 'Kill the Gays' because it advocates the death penalty for aggressive homosexuality. Last month the country’s ruling dictator Yoweri Museveni dedicated Uganda to god and renounced the ‘Satanic influence’ of the previous fifty years. He failed to mention that for half of those fifty years he has ruled the country.
As blind as he is as he is bigoted, if ever overthrown there are no prizes for guessing where he will apply for political asylum.