Tuesday, 17 July 2012

furhter thoughts

A response to someone who is analysing the effect of unjustly operating laws on minorities in developing countries:

I agree that this kind of intolerance and bigotry and inequality can indeed occur even in developed Western nations, but as you are observing, if it happens here it is being done subtly, but the uneven application or effect of particular laws, and by common law interpretations that are archaic, or by pathetic and weak excuses by the legislators and legal authorities who raise up all  disingenuous excuses for not doing anything, which really indicates in my view that they do hold bigoted views but aren't saying it.   one of the lamest excuses by our Attorney General is that the law in question is  available for everyone and is not targeted against gays and can be used by men  or women, which completely ignores the fact that a man using provocation as an  excuse for bashing his wife to death would be not acceptable to the community  and a woman bashing a man for a low level unwanted pass would be met with  complete horror. The attorney general here says 'we can't go changing laws  lightly becuase of petitions' but then in other cases says, 'we must take into  account communuty standards and expectations.' which means that in effect he is  saying that they listen carefully to some groups within society and give weight  to their needs and concerns and ignore or minimise others due to some  undisclosed and unjust internal standard that i suspect is actually bigotry,  ignorance and a hatred for what they see as merely a 'gay agenda'   you are on to something with this. In the west, you can still be (sadly)  bigoted and unequal, but in the West, it has to be masked with a thin veil of  democratic rhetoric and excuses (usually which are inconsistent and illogical  and contradictory) but which are minimally plausible for the audience, but don't  stand up to rigorous analysis.         

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