It’s official! British GLBT charity Stonewall has declared the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church in the UK as this year’s bigot. Needless to say the Catholic Church is not pleased. Why would they be? It’s negative propaganda and the Catholic Church are hurting in Europe. Already widely pilloried for the systemic abuse the Catholic Church is not in the best shape in the UK.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien is a bigot. His statements on gay marriage being legalised in Scotland prompted me to write the Church a letter, but to be recognised as a bigot publically helps. Yes, Christians who complained about this are MAD. Not because it’s a lie but because it’s the truth. Because it makes them look bad. The bigot category of the awards given out included people who actively denied the rights to gay people. These aren’t people who “disagree”, these are people who would be happy to stop gay people being treated as human beings.
What I am disappointed in is Barclays and Coutts who sponsor Stonewall. They have spoken out against the “bigot” award and their stance has been championed by groups such as Christian Concern. I bank with Barclays… I am deeply disappointed. I understand why a multinational bank doesn’t want to sponsor an award that pisses off the world’s biggest christian sect and thus lose money through strongarm tactics but I get the feeling that a lot of Barclays employees and customers would agree with Stonewall.
Do not confuse politeness for submissiveness. There are bigots and fools across the planet and if we don’t specifically define them for what they are then we validate their arguments. Cardinal Keith is not “my respected opponent”, he is a bigot. A homophobe. He is a wanker and should be treated as such because he shouldn’t be given the respect he recieves based on his imaginary friend and his imaginary taste in fashion.
Everytime I hear about “Gay marriage” all that goes through my head is “WHY! WHY! WHY SHOULD I EVEN CARE?”. Because this is not even something we should debate. Legalising gay marriage won’t change anything for me. It won’t change anything for the 92 to 94% of us who are straight. It changes things for just 6 to 8% of us. Most of us will go through our lives never being invited for a gay marriage. We won’t have to do anything except go “Hm? Oh? Your other half is Steve? Goodness! How daft of me!”. Legalising gay marriage doesn’t mean that you are going to get a post about me going “That’s it! Legalised Gay Marriage made me Gay. I am now marrying Ricki Martin in a shock twist that even the Papparazi didn’t see coming! FIERCE and other stereotypically gay things I learnt from watching a lot of Will and Grace.
But then again… It does explain why I really like Glee.
So I (and I am sure all of FTB) would like to congratulate Cardinal Keith O’Brien for winning The Bigot of the Year Award (Category Homophobe). I would take the time to write him and the church another letter but I figured I should fight homophobia through something very nerdy, very gay and very very welsh…
Oh yes… It’s Torchwood Time. Damn you Barrowman. You magnificent bastard…