PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Freddie Muller
 
Comments: 26
Article views: 917
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Freddie Muller's badges.
 

A Straight Story

26 February 2014, 13:50

The world shouted, shouted and let it all out against Uganda. It grabbed some serious online headline time on South African news sites too, right alongside the Oscar Pisfest and all that the ANC, DA and EFF could dish up. For such a nondescript country, that’s no small feat.

What makes it an even bigger feat – to me anyway – is that all this hoopla is about an anti-gay bill that was signed into law. It’s not about genocide or a government coup or the assassination of someone important.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic about all the global media attention this atrocity is getting. It deserves all of it. It’s just that I didn’t know the world cared that much. And somehow that’s nice to know.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni reasoned that his signing the bill into law was because of, among other shit, scientific studies that proved that there is no biological element to homosexuality.

Here’s an article to one of such studies: “Student ‘scientifically proves’ gay marriage wrong”:http://www.mambaonline.com/2013/09/11/student-scientifically-proves-gay-marriage-is-wrong/

My beef with this whole thing (and this stuff in general, really) is this:

Most crimes are punishable by law because they are wrongful acts that harm others and are performed by choice.

Being homosexual is not a choice.

I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle in which they will at some point and in some cases be rejected, humiliated, persecuted, discriminated against and not have equal rights.

I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle of which such taboo still exist (pretty much everywhere) to the point that some people have to sit and struggle and stress and hate themselves and go through the painful process just to eventually accept themselves for who they are.

I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle for which they have to fight tooth and nail to be accepted, to been seen and to be understood for just the person that they are without having a gay label stuck to them.

I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle where having children has to be a laborious admin and/or scientific process because you don’t possess over the natural means to do so.

If being gay is as societally ‘normal’ and deserving of equal rights as some Western countries make it out to be (it is), there wouldn’t be gay prides or protests to fight equal-rights causes or other public displays.

I find gay prides sad in the sense that you have to throw a big parade to show the world how proud you are of being who you are. It’s not right. What’s right is to live in a world where it doesn’t matter, where you don’t have to scream and shout and dance and prance because there should be no reason to.

That’s why people like Mr Museveni and Mr Putin make me more sad than pissed, actually. It’s sad to live with such blinders and even sadder that their and their population’s collective ignorance will ensure that they never come off.

And above all, it’s ironic that they are the ones with the choice: the choice to persecute those who have no choice.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Johnny McIntyre
Sticking your head in the dagga

The war on drugs has been raging on for a few decades to no avail. Drug use, especially cannabis, is at an all time high and continuing to grow as increased enforcement efforts seem to have no effect.  Read more...

0 comments 73 views
Submitted by
Legens Monspubis
Religion should remain in all sch...

Children should be exposed to all religions , both current and past. It should be taught to them on an even basis and particular emphasis should be placed on its history.  Read more...

2 comments 12 views
Submitted by
Percy_Makholwa
Mazrui and the South African serv...

As much as Ali Mazrui saw in West Africa, the problem of western appetites without complementing and satiating western technologies, the same comparison could easily be made in urban SA. Read more...

0 comments 13 views
Submitted by
Noli Zwe Hlope
Poor Reeva, not given enough just...

I have to say that, in this country the biggest criminals always get away with the crimes that they do.  Read more...

5 comments 326 views
Submitted by
SharksterII
Correcting Theists on alternative...

After we investigated the conduct of one of the more famous individuals based on his sexual conduct in my last article, I thought we can address some of the more commonly used arguments. Read more...

18 comments 235 views
Submitted by
Avril Parker
Oscar: Justice was served

Oscar should have told the truth from the start. He has given the courts the run around. Read more...

6 comments 626 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.