Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Checking in

Let's see... how's the world faring this week?

Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans feel that creation or intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in science class. More scarily, though, is that 38% of Americans wanted to throw out evolution in place of creation, and 42% think that we have existed in our present form since the beginning of time.

Still think religion doesn't corrupt the mind? Remember - it'd be better to teach creation in a religion class.

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Yesterday, civil rights figurehead Rosa Parks died. Living in Antigua, with its rampant homophopia, makes me wonder if someone like Matthew Shepard, who was murdered 7 years ago, might one day have the same symbolic power for the gay rights movement that Rosa did for the civil rights movement.

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Has Tony Blair lost his mind? You can appreciate him wanting to tighten up on security in the wake of the London bombings, but mayhap he's gone too far. Check it:

His Anti-social behaviour orders have been around for 4 years, but the majority of them have been handed out in the last year or so. What are these orders? Well, you'd qualify for one if, for example, you: played your guitar in your apartment at 2 in the morning; did drugs; got caught begging on the street; walked around your yard in your underwear; were just generally a bad person.

The penalty for receiving an order is 6 months probabation. If probabtion is violated, then a 2 year jail sentence is imposed.

More recently, Blair wants to implement ID cards for all citizens - which smacks of authoritarianism.

I can try to appreciate that Mr. Blair is trying to protect his people, but this tactic has an odour to it.

Somewhere, George Orwell is rolling over in his grave. (Is Orwell even dead?)

3 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

I don't think it's right to expect Matthew Shepard to have the same sort of impact for his respective cause that Rosa Parks did for hers. As cold as this sounds, he didn't do anything other than receive a terrible beating and unimaginable torture. But, he didn't further the gay rights movement at all (that I know of).

Victems are not heros.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I totally agree - that's why I wrote "symbolic power." He was a symbol around which the gay rights could rally. Perhaps, in 50 years, we'll look back at events in our time and see Sheperd's death as an important symbol.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

My prediction is; 50 years from now the symbol in which the gay rights movement will rally behind (no pun intended) will be David Beckham.

Honestly, that "rally behind" crack was a total accident. I only noticed it after I re-read it. That doesn't make it unfunny though.

8:30 AM  

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