Why aren’t people more angry?

You may have heard about the recent gay pride parade where former anti-gay Christians came along with signs saying that they were sorry for how they and their churches had treated them. Hemant’s take on it over at the Friendly Atheist was that it’s not good enough. These people still believe that being gay is morally wrong, and that’s indefensible. Sure, it may be better than what most Christians in the states do, but it’s still not good. Then there was the excitement when Australia’s PM stepped down and the new one was a woman, unmarried, without kids, and an atheist. But it turns out she doesn’t support gay marriage either. We have people blowing up abortion clinics and shooting abortion doctors, and generally stepping all over the rights of various different groups. National newspapers in the UK are allowed to print disgusting crap like this:

And this:

Which is blatantly xenophobic and homophobic, particularly the Sun’s headline. And I start wondering, why aren’t people up in arms about this? Why is it that when a gay man kisses his boyfriend in public he risks being insulted or even attacked, but when someone says being gay is unnatural or immoral, they don’t get the shit kicked out of them? Why is it that when a woman goes to have an abortion she can be judged and insulted at the gate, but when someone tells them they’ll go to hell for it, that person’s opinion is respected?

I suppose what I’m asking is, why don’t we see gay terrorist groups? Look back to the civil rights movement. Sure, there was a lot of peaceful protest just like we see now, but there were also more radical groups like the Panthers. Why don’t we see that?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing we don’t see it, both because violence is wrong and because it would be bad for the movement in general, but it’s still something I would expect to see. I’m not gay, but if it were my rights that were being trampled on and people were insulting me in public, I think I’d probably have broken a few noses.

4 Responses to Why aren’t people more angry?

  1. Richard T says:

    I am ashamed to say that every time I see some rants in the Express group of ‘newspapers’ against immigrants and asylum seekers, a thought comes unbidden to my mind that it was a pity that in an earlier time someone didn’t send Richard Desmond’s forebears back whence they came. I freely acknowledge that I am descending to their level but I did think the same when Michael Howard was ranting in the same way in the 2005 election.

  2. grammarking says:

    I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of, you didn’t actually do it. Although if it ever got to the point where foreigners were being rounded up at gunpoint, I think some kind of violent action would be justified. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

  3. berenike says:

    Aha! Thought police! Tolerance means LIKING what we do! Approve, or else!

    (rolls around laughing)

  4. grammarking says:

    Sorry, maybe you were looking for the Daily Mail comments section? We like our discussions coherent here.

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