m31andy: (Mask)
So, two dispicable pieces of bigotry are in the news today. First up, as you will all be aware, Jan Moir seems to be a poisonous homophobe.

I wouldn't bother clicking on that link though - try this one instead - it captures both the essence of Jan Moir's vile outpourings and also the dispicable mentality behind it in an amusing way (Link now with 100% less added Daily Hate Mail!!! - Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] capra_maritimus!)

Oh, and late yesterday the Daily Mail issued a press statement from Jan Moir stating
"In what is clearly a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones."
In case any of you are thinking that that might be a reasonable response, please remember:
Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships. Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as heterosexual marriages. Not everyone, they say, is like George Michael.
While she might think that the "myth" she is trying to dispell is that civil partnerships are more glamorous than straight marriage. Nope, she's rebutting "gay activists" claims that "they are just the same as heterosexual marriages".

Other Parodies / Comments
Newsarse Parody
Not So Wunderbar Parody
The Enemies of Reason Blog
Charlie Brooker on the Grauniad's Comment is Free
Ray Greenslade in the Guardian
News that M&S has asked for their ads to be pulled from the internet article
Liberal Conspiracy Blog
Penny Red, asks why homosexuality = unnatural, but violent hetrosexual marriage = natural.
Anorak News
Akela's Diary
Hagley Road To Ladywood
Caron's Musings

(Any more? Post them in the comments! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] clanwilliam and [livejournal.com profile] burkesworks for the current list.)

Oh, and I've realised that Jan Moir is the snooty arse who wrote an article about shopping in Poundland a few months ago. This woman severely needs a career change. For all our sakes.

Secondly, and not so publicised, we have the news that a white US justice of the peace has been criticised for refusing to issue marriage licences to mixed-race couples.

Mr Bardwell, who has worked in the role for 34 years, said that in his experience most interracial marriages did not last very long and estimated that he had refused applications to four couples in the past two-and-a-half years.

He said he had "piles and piles of black friends" but just did not believe in "mixing the races".
Oh yes, that old chestnut. "I can't be racist - I've got lots of black friends". Right.

Oh, and
"There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage," he said "I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it."
Will somebody think of the childrun!!!!eleventyone!!!!

Sheesh. And here was I thinking this sort of thing was illegal in the States.


Jun. 16th, 2009 12:34 pm
m31andy: (Dream Poppy)
Via [livejournal.com profile] ali_in_london and [livejournal.com profile] purplecthulhu (which probably means everyone on my flist has seen this already...)

Royal Legion vs. the BNP

Whatever you think about the Red Poppy symbol, the suborning of such by Nick Griffin for his own personal interest (I assume to show his 'patriotism' - hah... ) is definitely Not On.

The Poppy is there to support for all British soldiers, not just those who happen to have 'white skin', Mr. Griffin. Over a million men of ethnic groups, from all over the Empire, volunteered in the First World War, almost three million in the Second. And yes, that does include the Gurkhas*.

* Who were never part of the British Empire, interestingly.

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