Homologic

So the Trump administration decides to launch a global campaign to decriminalise homosexuality:

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin.

Yes, the notoriously homophobic Trump regime which inspires fake attacks on Jussie Smollett and causes the Canadian actress Ellen Page to complain about the US vice president not approving her lifestyle choice has appointed an openly gay man as ambassador to Germany. Trump really is turning out to be the lamest Hitler ever.

Anyway, here’s how those at Out, a magazine catering to gay folks, reacted:

Rather than actually being about helping queer people around the world, the campaign looks more like another instance of the right using queer people as a pawn to amass power and enact its own agenda.

The plan has reportedly been spearheaded by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who is also the administration’s top-ranked gay official, in response to news that a young gay man was hanged in Iran recently. Grenell has had his eyes on Iran for some time and just a week ago, he was trying to get several European nations to pass sanctions on Iran, unrelated to the country’s stance on homosexuality, to no avail.

Thank goodness for those enlightened European nations who defied Trump trying to impose sanctions on a regime which hangs men for being gay!

Homosexuality has been illegal in Iran since the theocratic 1979 Islamic Revolution. By at least one Guardian account, since the exit of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2013, enforcement of anti-gay laws has softened somewhat. Homosexuality, according to the writer, is an “open secret” and most queer people fear homophobic reaction from fellow citizens more than the authorities.

Didn’t you just say a young gay man was hanged in Iran recently?

The truth is, this is part of an old colonialist handbook.

The conquest of Africa couldn’t have taken place without frantic reports from remote jungle outposts regarding native turd-burglary.

According to the report, the decriminalization campaign is set to begin in Berlin where LGBTQ+ activists from across Europe will meet to hatch a plan that is “mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.”

The American plan for achieving hegemony over Iran features an auxiliary army of European LGBTQ+ activists part of which will head to the Caribbean from an HQ in Berlin?

There are two things happening here: one is a campaign to decriminalise homosexuality and the other is America’s belligerence towards Iran. The author has lumped one in with the other in order to play politics and virtue-signal, which is stupid because he does eventually make a valid point:

That sentence alone should set off several alarm bells. First of all, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean are huge geopolitical entities. Attitudes toward gay people differ greatly among countries and regions within those entities and attempting to gather a room of European activists on how to deal with queer issues in those regions is the definition of paternalism.

Now while I would like to see homosexuality decriminalised everywhere, I think this campaign is stupid and counterproductive: a bunch of ultra-woke activists turning up in foreign to lecture the locals is going to harden attitudes, not soften them. Such changes need to occur organically and domestically, but there is a large and lucrative industry in which European and American NGOs and supranational agencies based in Geneva go to places like Africa and demand society be turned on its head in order to accommodate trendy western ideas on issues such as female empowerment, environmentalism, and homosexuality. The author is quite right to call this paternalistic and liken it to colonialism. The trouble is, I can’t tell if he’s genuinely against this campaign or he’s pretending to be because the Trump administration is now involved.

The other problem is he’s downplaying the situation gay men face in Iran in order to bash Trump. There were many valid reasons to oppose the Iraq War, but a lot of lefties instead chose to whitewash the brutality of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Since Trump took office, people have been doing the same with Iran. Criticising Trump’s sanctions on Iran ought not to entail defending a regime for publicly hanging men for the crime of being gay. That a gay magazine should do so speaks volumes about where the priorities of contemporary activists lie. Quite rightly, the article and its author are being monstered on Twitter this morning.

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19 thoughts on “Homologic

  1. It is quite an achievement for the ‘progressive’ left to eat itself and disappear up its own ar$ehole at the same time.

  2. “the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean are huge geopolitical entities.”

    Wot? Big lumps of geography, certainly, but huge geopolitical entities?

    Did someone discover a new word recently?

  3. Language seems to have moved on again. What’s this use of the word “queer”? Is it once again admissible to call people queer and can we have “gay” back or does it now definitively mean “a bit rubbish”?

    Incidentally: LGBTQ+ activists from across Europe will meet to hatch a plan appeals: it’s the only thing they can hatch 🙂

  4. The scum of the left never gave a rat’s arse about ANY of the groups it has used. The fact that the imported beardies with very harsh attitudes about women and homos are the lefts new best friends says it all. And trannies are only being used to try and enshrine Marxist subjectivist evil into law. That is be obliged to say men are women and vice versa or face the stench of the jailhouse.

  5. Do they not realise how this looks to people outside their bubble? That it just looks like rabid anti-Trump activists finding any stupid reason to criticise a policy they’d have adored if Obama had done it (but he was too busy playing softly-softly with the Mullahs)?

    You want more Trump? This is exactly how you get more Trump!

  6. The Meissen Bison:

    “Language seems to have moved on again. What’s this use of the word “queer”? Is it once again admissible to call people queer…”

    Only if you yourself are a professional homosexualist.. Or possibly in a little academic niche and are talking about “Queer cinema” or “Queer Theology”, etc. It’s like the n-word. Used in order to show membership of a group, and to exclude and perplex others who are not so favoured; and to lay traps to catch the linguistically unwary.

  7. Rather than actually being about helping queer people around the world, the campaign looks more like another instance of the right using queer people as a pawn to amass power and enact its own agenda.

    *cough* *splutter* Pot. Kettle. Black.

  8. @ Sam Vara – thank you for the clarification. It had struck me that it might be a case of own-label branding along the lines you suggest and it’s at least encouraging if all the alphanumeric communities could coalesce, if that’s the right word, around the single word “queer”.

    Each of them no doubt has it’s own interesting peculiarities which differentiate it significantly from all the others but it’s quite a relief not to have to study the proclivities of our fellow creatures in remorseless and exhausting detail.

  9. This might be quite a clever divide and conquer strategy.

    In the short to medium term, it’ll force shitlibs to choose between apologism for Muslims and advocacy for gay rights.

    In the long term, in the unlikely event that the campaign yields any success, ‘being gay in an Islamic country’ can be crossed off the list of reasons for granting asylum.

    On the other hand, it could be just the same ole cuckservative strategy of pointing at the Muslims and shouting ‘they’re the real homophobes’, in a rehash of ‘Democrats are the real racists’ trope.

  10. I can’t believe we are going to flip the world upside down and possibly bomb people over buttsex. That seems so surreal.

  11. Something tells me that your long-term strategy is to be HR director of a woke supranational agency based in Geneva.

    You’ll get to swan off around the world telling people to be more gay.

  12. You’ll get to swan off around the world telling people to be more gay.

    First class, staying in suites at the Hyatt. I like it.

  13. Presumably, the young man in Iran was hanged simply because he was gay. What a terrible, horrendous, act the Iranian authorities have carried out. Why couldn’t they be more like their enlightened Muslim brothers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc, and throw the young man off a roof and then stone him if he was still alive? That would surely be the decent thing to do?
    Perhaps being gay was just a coincidence and he was hanged for being the wrong sort of Muslim (“I thought today would be Sunni, but it’s turned out to be really Shiite!”)
    Personally, as a heterosexual, Western male, with several gay friends, both male and female, I’ve never really understood the Muslim viewpoint on homosexuality. Apparently, it’s sinful, and against Mohammed’ s version of a Haynes manual, for an adult male to stick his penis into the anus of another adult male, yet it’s considered a right of passage for a male child to have his bum stretched by Asif, or some other bearded jihadist. Plus, if there are no small boys around, or sex slaves, it’s OK to shag a goat, lamb, or sheep, though it’s not necessary to give flowers or chocolates. They don’t even have to kiss the animal, either before or after the act. Rutting with a pig or a dog is definitely verboten in the Muslim world, unlike various towns and cities in the UK, once the club’s have turned out (kissing and exchanging of names is optional In those cases), though that’s another story for another time, possibly.
    People are really weird.

  14. Why couldn’t they be more like their enlightened Muslim brothers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc, and throw the young man off a roof and then stone him if he was still alive?

    Considering that being hanged in Iran means being dangled by the neck from a crane and slowly strangled to death, taking 20 minutes in some cases, being slung off a building is enlightened.

    The left are so deranged by Trump they can’t even bring themselves to work with him on a my “enemies’ enemy basis”. If Trump does anything else pro-gay the left will have to start being homophobic.

  15. When homosexuality was illegal but ignored in the West, that wasn’t good enough. It had to be actually legal. And the gay marriage too. Or we were all homophobes.

    But Iran is OK because ?

  16. @bloke in north dorset,
    I was aware of the method of hanging in Iran, and was trying, unsuccessfully it seems, to be sarcastic about the obscene, inhumane, judicial systems of punishment in those countries which have not advanced past the 6th century.
    @JerryC,
    A 13 year old Muslim is usually considered an adult as his balls would presumably have dropped and he would be capable of sex with a woman (or small boy, goat, sheep, or lamb). Perhaps that’s why the rapists were executed. If they had raped a 5 year old, for instance, they would probably have been voted onto the village council as good followers of Mo.

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