Because my last post on the matter was getting a little verbose, I wanted to take some extra time to address those closer to home.
There’s a lot, in the Rolling Stone article, about the teachers who, in fear for their jobs and livelihoods and reputations, went along with the stupid, contemptible, evil “No Homo Promo” (vom) policy in schools. A policy which was, in all likelihood deliberately, not explained (because once you explain things, you create loopholes, and we can’t have that.) Which led to gay teachers staying in the closet, English classes avoiding gay authors or books dealing with anything vaguely challenging to the heteronormative order, senior teachers ignoring homophobic bullying.
I can sympathize, to an extent. A lot less so on that last point, because even if you can’t say “don’t call other kids that word” (seriously) you at least have to hope that the fundy fuckers will have difficulty spinning “stop punching that kid” as a “promotion” of the “gay lifestyle”.
But then again, maybe they won’t.
Because (and let’s remember this article was specific to a small region of the USA, so we can always hope things ain’t so bad in fluffy-bunny New Zealand) maybe those fundies have found themselves in a position to scream “satanism” or “corruption” or “immorality” at anything that takes their fancy, because good ol’ liberals have refrained from calling that shit out.
Because somehow a bizarre bit of “logic” has become received wisdom: we can’t call out the fundies on their shit, because saying “I personally don’t believe Jesus was all about condemning men/women to hell for loving the cock/the vag” will somehow, magically, mean we look anti-morals. We look anti-religion. We look like … we’re okay with gay people.
How the fuck did anyone come to believe that bit of bullshit?
But hey, we see it all the time. Phil Goff has to attend Family First’s annual judge-in and has to pick his words carefully when asked about people’s basic human rights, because oh, we’ve got to show we’re open-minded and willing to listen to everyone. Barack Obama has to continually let the Republicans force anti-Planned Parenthood, anti-reproductive freedom amendments through at every opportunity, because oh, we have to be bi-partisan and find common ground. I have to stop criticising Working for Families and subliminal bludger rhetoric coming from the Leader of the Opposition because oh, the alternative is so much worse.
There is no common ground with people who, as I subtly hinted in my last post, are evil fucking liars. There is no fucking point to pursuing magical consensus-building bi-partisanship with people who continually screw whatever concessions they can from you and don’t actually give anything back in return.
And we have to stop pretending that getting kicked in the teeth and letting people’s basic self-determination slip away because gods forbid we say something mean, the media won’t like it! is any kind of “progressive” “social justice” “humanitarian” move. We have to demand better of liberal politicians, better of the people who claim to stand for the underdog, the less-privileged, the marginalized.
We’re liberals, people. The media is owned by Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner. They’ll hate us no matter what we do (and our state-owned television will follow them down the ratings-driven-by-pointless-drama rabbithole). So if we’re condemned to go down, can we at the very least go down fighting and take some of those wankers with us?