PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Freddie Muller
 
Comments: 60
Article views: 916
 
 
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
60 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Angua Wolf
Has the SA dream failed?

South Africa is like a baby who had a difficult pregnancy, a relatively trouble free birth, and has now developed severe complications. Read more...

11 comments 547 views
Submitted by
Siegfried Walther
Extradition & Human Rights

The objection to foreigners accused of committing crimes in this country receiving preferential treatment to those received by South African awaiting-trial prisoners, is understandable, but misguided. Read more...

0 comments 36 views
Submitted by
Maria Joubert Muller
Fingerprint biometrics at the ATM

People from different walks of life have voiced both positive and negative aspects of the technology, and many biometrics experts have argued both sides of the coin. Read more...

8 comments 268 views
The time of promises has arrived

Let's think carefully before you cross your vote, every vote is important for our next 5 years. The future is in our hands. Read more...

0 comments 41 views
Submitted by
The Scribe
Fake Photoshopped Pictures Fuel U...

My plea today is to all those who share images on social platforms without thinking twice! Read more...

4 comments 1233 views
Submitted by
Guy Alain Lukoki
Your children are not heirs of yo...

Jacob was chosen by God and blessed by his father. He had divine visions and heard the voice of God when he was running from his brother’s wrath.  Read more...

11 comments 295 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get 50% off selected books!

Buy 2 books and get 50% off the second book. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Mother’s Day specials on appliances

Browse our range of Mother’s Day appliances to spoil and pamper mom. 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.