the world's not split over gay rights
On one side of the great divide, the past few days have been revolutionary. France became the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, eight years after Canada did. Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to do so, in a fast-changing America where six out of 10 citizens, and more than 80 per cent of those under 30, now believe that marriage should be open to all and that gays are fully equal. As if to symbolize this change, Americans, including their president, gave warm blessings to the coming out of a major-league basketball player.
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#1 May 5, 2013
Since: Mar 09
#2 May 6, 2013
What is this blogger smoking?
Since: Dec 08
#3 May 6, 2013
A bit sloppy, I think. He is correct about Uganda but what about Russia? There are certainly Western evangelists there but Putin is hardly a Protestant. Most of Russia's homophobia is due to the revival of its own crazy Orthodox religion.
Furthermore, he totally ignores the Muslim world, where anti-gay attitudes can hardly be said to come from the West - in fact, they are an expression of anti-Westernism.
I strongly disagree with his conclusion. The world is split, but not just on the issue of gay rights. It is divided between those who are educated enough and informed enough to think with reason and logic and those who are not and for whom religion is largely a crutch to get them through miserable poverty or to support a view that they are superior to the West when they inwardly know they are not. The United States may now be shifting into a liberal direction but the United States shifts back and forth. Long term, it is other countries whose cultures are going to be more important.
BTW, for those who don't know, the Globe and Mail is a right-leaning publication.
Since: Sep 10
#4 May 6, 2013
When a rightwing rag like the Mop and Pail can see the writing on the Stonewall, you know things have changed.
Then again, it is Canada, which is a secular democracy, not some backwards banana republic dictatorship and kleptocracy like the US.
#5 May 6, 2013
The French Supreme Court already laughed this issue out of court--as will the US Supreme Court.
That ends the legal question.
What remains is political buggery--where your true talents may lie.
Per la cours supreme, en France et aux Etats Unis, je suis mieux que toi.
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