Gay people must be brought into the debate

A 'listening event' on homosexuality held in Armagh by the Church of Ireland did not invite openly gay men or women to speak. Canon Charles Kenny of Changing Attitude Ireland, a pro-gay pressure group within the church, was highly critical and said:
"We wouldn't have a conference to talk about women with no women present. The people who oppose us fear rather than hate gays. They are frightened of having gay church people in the same room as because it's harder to demonise them. That's why they are so hostile to having occasions where gays are listened to."

The power of bringing-in and interacting with minorities cannot be underestimated. By that I mean of gay men and women speaking open and freely in society. Andrew Sullivan said in the Sunday times of June 30 2013:
"As more people know gay people, the laws that stigmatise and marginalise us seem increasingly callous and simply wrong."
For many, gay people are the bogeyman of society, unseen and unheard, which creates a negative feedback loop of suspicion, prejudice and discrimination. Lets tackle this by making the most indignant in Northern Ireland face up to today's marginalised minority.

1 comment:

  1. The sooner that Atheists and LGBT realize that world opinion is being steered towards making them the scape goats for every ill in the world, the better, before it is too late.

    Mainstream religiousity is more concerned with the $buck$ in the back pocket than in any moralism, and human nature being what it is, sheepishly deflecting attention towards minority groups has been a tried and tested technique. I imagine the disabled and the elderly will be next.