“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – And there was no one left to speak for me” – Martin Niemoller
There is a lot to be said about the ‘gay debate’. And recently, the Ugandan parliament decided to remind us just how much. For the most part, their arguments, like most arguments left to politicians, were full of crap.
And now you know where I stand. But just to be absolutely clear on the matter: I am not pro gay or anti gay, I am pro human rights, the freedom to choose- if only it were that simple. I mean given the kind of persecution they face, who in their right mind would choose to be gay? What possible reason could one have to choose to be stigmatized against, beaten, insulted, imprisoned, killed?
And if gay people chose to be gay, I guess then straight people also chose their path, right? In which case, if you are straight and are reading this, when did you choose to be straight as opposed to being gay? Was it just after kindergarten? When you got your first job? And how did the decision making process go, did it come as an epiphany or was it an idea you had been toying with since high school? In making this decision, did you involve your parents or close friends or are you more the ‘go it alone’ kinda person? Was it a difficult choice to make or was it a no brainer?
So if there is choice in the matter, then I suppose putting gay people in jail and threatening them with death is one way to stop those who might be toying with the idea of ‘one day becoming gay’ from toying with the idea of ‘one day becoming gay’.
It’s ludicrous. Its tragic.
And it’s one of those topics which everyone and their dog seems holds an opinion.
Funny thing is though, those who debate with the most passion are those who are ‘anti-gay’. Give them the floor and they will accuse, arrest, prosecute and hang a gay person in one sentence, with no punctuation. Kinda like a modern day KKK.
The rest of us, well we don’t want to get directly involved. We are sitting on the fence, only sharing our views with a few trusted friends- if at all.
I am not saying it’s easy or even safe ( in this part of the world especially) to get embroiled in this debate. What would be easy and safe would be to shut up and mind our own businesses. Stand aside and let them deal with it, it is after all, their problem.
I guess that is the position a lot of men chose to take with women and their ‘feminist’ ideals; I guess that is the position most non-Jews took during the Fuhrer’s reign; I guess it is the position most non-blacks took when Martin Luther King took to the podium to address ‘his people’.
The majority stood by, and watched evil triumph.
I am not the target, it’s not my problem.
Most of us have entertained this thought at one point or another. Because this is the kind of world we have created- if its not ‘let’s kill the homos’ its ‘let’s banish the muslims. The blacks. The women. The ones who don’t fit in our social class. The old. The list…it’s endless.
And that is what Martin Niemoller was talking about. Today its them, tomorrow it will be you and Karma is a bitch.