I have always enjoyed writing these blogs even if some have been on the bland side with not really much to say, but this is the first time I have been reluctant to even start and the reason is because I am angry and thoroughly dispirited and once more it is because of religion, in this case Islam yet again. It appears the mullahs both Shiite and Sunni in Iraq have decreed it is the will of the all benevolent and merciful Allah that all homosexuals should be killed and the Iraqi militia have come up with a really cute way of carrying out God’s will – they use an irremovable glue to close a man’s anus then feed him a liquid causing diarrhoea and he dies in excruciating agony. Now who is sick here? The homosexual or the mind that thought up this truly obscene method of torture and death? Mind you, again I say there really is nothing new under the sun. Once upon a dark time in human history someone just as sick thought of a wonderful invention he called a pineapple. Actually it looked more like a metal pine cone. This was inserted into the rectum and then the metal pods like on a pine cone were opened out and the device was withdrawn bringing with it rectum and no doubt bowel as well. Well this was four hundred or so years ago and the perpetrators of this obscenity didn’t come from the Middle East and weren’t Muslim but Catholics. Isn’t it weird that the three religions that have had the biggest world-wide effect and been the cause of the most pain, death, horror and destruction have all come from the Middle East? What is it with mankind, supposedly created in God’s own image, or so we are informed, that he indulges in cruelty of the most horrendous almost unimaginable bestiality. Nature is red in tooth and claw but no animal kills merely for the hell of it, with the possible exception of cats that toy with their victim before dispatching it.
After a long spate of not receiving any, these last few days we have been inundated with pornographic messages on the internet mostly involving animals. Where do the religious stand on this issue? Also one reads of pornography involving children virtually from birth that includes torture. Surely if ever sex is to be considered thoroughly sick and depraved both these phenomena would qualify. Yet I have no doubt it is the homosexual, gay pride, gay liberation notwithstanding, that will still come in for the most anathema. I am sure the Bible thumpers across America, the god hates fags brigade of religious zealots, are only too happy to know their religious counterparts in Iraq are doing such a good job, even if they’re not Christians, and would dearly like to do the same themselves. Individuals of course have been known to do it.
Some of the internet messages on this subject have been from people so incensed by what they have learned that their immediate reaction is nuke the bastards. Unfortunately this is rather like throwing out the baby with the bath water and a lot of innocent people would be nuked in the process.
There is a wonderful story of Winston Churchill who, when informed that a certain conservative MP had been caught in flagrante delecto with a guardsman in St James’ Park said ‘On one of the coldest nights of the year? Makes you proud to be British.’ And the Shah of Iran when informed by a journalist that a number of German gays were visiting his country said, ‘Why not? Iranian men are the handsomest.’ Can bigotry and phobia be beaten?
If only … If only …