Friday, September 01, 2006

The delicate sensibilities of the homophobes ...

Well it seems there are no lesbian or gay people in Ghana .

According to the BBC new site :

Ghana's government has banned a conference for gay men and lesbians due to take place there later this month.
Information Minister Kwamena Bartels said as homosexuality was illegal in Ghana the gathering was not permitted.
"Government does not condone any such activity which violently offends the culture, morality and heritage of the entire people of Ghana," he said.

So the entire population does not condone such 'activity'. All heterosexuals then ??
Perhaps those firefighters who refused to hand out safety leaflets at a Gay Pride event might consider a move to Ghana . They would feel right at home.

Some of the firefighters involved had argued it would be embarrassing for them to turn up in uniform to the Pride Scotia event, while others claimed it would contradict their moral beliefs.
The Catholic Church supported the firefighters choosing who to work with :

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow said: "We have followed this case with concern.
"They were asked, while in uniform, to hand out leaflets during a demonstration where they had legitimate concerns about being the subject of taunts and jokes, and in which in some cases, their religious sensibilities would have been grossly offended by people dressed as priests and nuns lampooning the Church."

He added: "That the officers concerned are being forced to undergo diversity training is alarming. The duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."

So the Church feels its ok to pick and choose who to protect or offer safety advice to ?? Perhaps they really would like LGBT people to burn in hell.

And are their beliefs so fragile they cannot handle some gay men dressed as nuns ?My experience of Pride in Brighton is that the Firefighters at the station on route always stand and cheer the march and there is always a fire engine, with LGBT firefighters, as part of the parade. I have never seen anyone taunted or bothered by it .

Would the church be happy if LGBT firefighters refused to offer a service to religious groups , saying they find them offensive . Why is it that religious sensibilities are seen as more important and in need of protecting than anyone else's. Oops, sorry, forgot that socialists are not meant to be secular and atheist anymore. Now what is the line, oh yes, religion good.

Anyway, thought a nice pic of gay firefighters was in order ...