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:
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.
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.
Punitive legislative codes prohibiting consensual homosexual sex have long been repealed, which is all that is required to allow gays to be equal before the law.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."
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Saturday, July 29, 2006