Wednesday, 30 November 2011

How Can We Defend the Middle Ground?

The middle ground of politics and social behaviour is under attack from both sides.
On one side there are the reactionary islamic fundamentalists who would like to ban alcohol and make adultery, along with homosexuality, a capital crime. If they got into government you could say goodbye to free contraception and abortion - they would probably outlaw both altogether. And on the other side there are the anything-goes, negative-ethics kind of people who not only want to legalize the marriage of homosexuals but are determined to force their ideas and attitudes on 100% of the population. Gay extremists are just as intolerant and opposed to democratic freedom as any mad mullah.
Not long ago, pressure-groups were at work trying to stop Facebook and Twitter from permitting pages used by people who want to defend traditional marriage. The gay extremists think they have got a right to impose censorship and strangle everybody into agreeing with them.
I have just come across a piece of news about a Canadian TV sports commentator called Damian Goddard. Hearing that someone had started a discussion on Twitter about marriage and had put the view that it ought to remain what it has always been, i.e. a union between one man and one woman, Damian commented that he fully agreed. He also believes that in a marriage there must be a husband and a wife. Two left feet don't make a pair! The outcome of this was pretty shocking. A couple of days later, his bosses called him into the office, asked him if he's written the comments, and then told him he was sacked.*
That's right, an employee of a major TV company was told that his contract was torn up merely because he had, when not working, expressed the view that he didn't regard same-gender unions as marriage.
>>> This is like something out of the McCarthyite era.
People are being bullied and intimidated by organized intolerance, working behind the scenes to take reprisals and aiming at complete control of the media.
How many more people are being bullied by gay extremists? Will any court have the guts to defend Damian Goddard's rights?
It seems that most of our career politicians are so busy seeking the approval of extremists on both sides that few if any of them have got time to defend the middle ground. Yet that is just what we should be doing. We should be defending our values and our way of life from erosion. If we don't, the mess is going to be a serious one.

* Information from Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: Damian Goddard

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