Saturday, July 29, 2006

Politics is so gay

With such a conspicuously singularizing lower-case affectation, k.d. lang is no stranger to pretension… for example, trying to put it over that the modern human rights campaign is nothing more than an innocuous plea for equality instead of being a political regime to exact explicit endorsement of and privileges for special interest groups. From The Toronto Star:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen to "support intolerance" by refusing to attend an international gathering of gay athletes, singer k.d. lang said Friday.

lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes when it begins Saturday.

"It's a sad statement that the national leader of a country that's one of the most progressive countries in the world chooses to support intolerance," she told a news conference at the Olympic Stadium.

[…] Without going into details, lang said she expects the gay community will experience setbacks under the current government.

"They will probably make it (homosexuality) a political issue," she said. "It's not a political issue. It's a human rights issue."
There appears to be a growing trend for political activists to publicly disavow political gamesmanship on their own part and attribute it instead to anyone or anything that resists their every demand. But lang has it quite backwards: it is not a human rights issue but it is a political issue, and it is people like herself that are making it a political issue by soliciting the media to draw attention to it. Harper has not encroached upon any conceivable standard of human rights as he would have if he had forbidden or prevented the games — he has merely declined to explicitly endorse them, which makes him a target of the human rights regime.

Punitive legislative codes prohibiting consensual homosexual sex have long been repealed, which is all that is required to allow gays to be equal before the law. Gay rights activists, however, seek much more than the equality before the law that human rights suggest — they are trying to coerce involuntary statments of consent from the public by political means. Exacting special privileges and public endorsements or immunities from criticism instead subverts human rights and demonstrates a more harmful intolerance than that of which they accuse Harper.

In a corresponding case from 1995, then-mayor Dianne Haskett similarly declined to publicly proclaim gay pride week in London at the invitation of organizers. Miffed that their campaign for explicit endorsement was not granted, social advocates successfully petitioned the Ontario Human Rights Commission to force Haskett to issue the proclamation. The Commission fined her $10,000 as well and ordered her to issue a "statement of recognition" of ""valuable contributions of gays and lesbians to her community."

2 comments:

Gordon Pasha said...

So, now politicians MUST show up at any public manifestions in favour of gay "rights", or else they are promoting intolerance. Methinks k.d. in in need of attention. And a good talking to.

Pietr said...

Just so long as we realise it is okay to force people to say things they don't want to.
They would probably call this 'integrity', or even anti-anti-integrity.