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The Coercive Utopians Are At it Again

Jan 22, 2009

Amongst the favourite terms blithely thrown around by the various radical social activist groups are “tolerance,” “acceptance,” “inclusion,” and “love”. Sounds pretty good. But the rhetoric seldom matches the reality with these groups. They are all about sweetness and light – until someone dares to cross them. Then the real deal breaks forth.

There are many examples of this, but consider one emanating from one of the world’s leading activist bodies: the European Union. The EU is at the forefront of coercive utopianism, forcing its PC agenda on one and all. It is a leading body working for anti-family, anti-life and anti-faith activities.

Just recently it has made clear how it deals with anyone who dares to stand against this social engineering. One EU group has called for the end of financial aid to Nigeria, because it has so horribly crossed the line.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, and it is wracked with poverty, disease and environmental degradation. Yet an EU Intergroup wants all foreign aid to this needy country suspended because of its crimes against humanity.

So what is this gross sin that Nigeria is guilty of that is bringing about such a strong backlash from European social engineers? Remember, we are not talking about Zimbabwe and its ruthless dictator here. We are talking about Nigeria. So what horrendous crimes are they guilty of?

Well, it turns out those unenlightened savages in Nigeria actually voted to keep marriage between one man and one woman. Yes I know that sounds too shocking and incredible to be true, but it is. As one media account says, Nigeria’s “House of Representatives voted to prohibit attempts to create legal ‘gay marriage.’ The Nigerian vote was unanimous this week in favour of a bill that ‘prohibits marriage between persons of same gender, solemnisation of same and other matters related therewith’.”

Gee, that really is terrible, isn’t it? Even Zimbabwe seems like a civilised nation compared with this Nigerian abomination. Imagine actually saying that marriage is about two different sexes, not just one. What will they argue for next? The sanctity of human life? Wow, those folks sure need some civilising influence.

So because of this horrific sin, the EU homosexual rights group wants the nation to be punished – and big time. Let them starve. Let them die of diseases. Let their country go to the dogs. That is the only just and fair punishment such a recalcitrant nation can expect from the tolerant and loving homosexual activists.

Michael Cashman, Labour MEP, and President of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual Intergroup said, “The only result this law is going to achieve is a raising hatred against gay, lesbian and transgender citizens of Nigeria.”

But one Nigerian representative, Igo Aguma, defended his nation with these remarks: “It is time for us at this point in time to think back and look at the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The greatest means of transmitting this disease is through the act of sodomy. Young children are already victims of been lured into this cruel and unimaginable act. It is an act of perversion.”

So there you have it – a clash of worldviews. In the one corner are the “enlightened” Europeans who are still into colonialism and imperialism it seems. They want poor ignorant savages in the Third World to bow to their wisdom and their “ethics”.

They must embrace the homosexual agenda or else. In this case, let them starve to death. They obviously deserve it for daring to resist the homosexual juggernaut and its assault on the world. If these creatures will not embrace the radical social agenda of the EU, then let them all rot in hell.

In the other corner is a beleaguered African nation trying to find its way, and trying to fight the scourge of AIDS. Yet they are being bullied into making conditions worse, resulting in more AIDS deaths. Strange, but where are all these bleeding heart lefties when you need them? They are usually the ones defending the Third World and railing against the West and its imperialistic designs. Now they seem silent.

This is what we are up against. We have radical activist groups who are working overtime in promoting their destructive social engineering. They do it of course in the name of tolerance and inclusion. But if anyone dares to think differently, they will experience the full wrath of these militant activists.

What is happening in the EU is happening around the Western world, as the forces of Political Correctness continue to increase their power and their belligerency. This is the real face of militant activism. It is the same ugly face we find for example in California where Christians and churches are being attacked by homosexual activists because of the state’s Proposition 8, which bans homosexual marriage.

It will only get worse, unless pro-faith, pro-life and pro-family forces redouble their efforts. Now is not the time to take a siesta. Every time we take a few winks, the situation worsens ten-fold. Where are the Winston Churchills in such dark times? Who will stand up and be counted?

www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012105.html

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16 Responses to The Coercive Utopians Are At it Again

  • And where are the multiculturalists who insist we have to respect all cultures even when their laws, practices, convictions and religious beliefs differ with our own? Just like with ‘tolerance’, multiculturalism is applied selectively to suit the Leftist agenda.

    Ewan McDonald.

  • With these activists I always get this mental image of someone with a baseball bat punctuating each clobber over the head of their victim with something like this – “You. Will. Be. Tolerant. And. Inclusive.”

    I bet the Nigerians are feeling the love for their diversity.

    And I’ve been wondering, just what is the difference between murder as a ‘hate crime’ compared to any other reason?

    Mark Rabich

  • The activists definitely have their agenda. It doesn’t matter about TRUTH.
    And it is not just at the UN these things are happening!

    Bill, you and I are being labelled by the Victorian-government funded ‘Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria’ as being ‘heterosexist’.
    In their report ‘Coming Forward’, they say that “Heterosexism assumes that sex, gender and the relationship between the two are fixed at birth. Men are born masculine, women feminine and sexuality is the gendered, reciprocal attraction between the two.”

    Of course, in their view, heterosexism is BAD, REALLY BAD!
    But isn’t that the ways things really, TRULY ARE?

    Oh I forgot – what is truth?

    Jenny Stokes

  • Thanks Jenny

    Yes at least as far back as 1997 this charge of heterosexism has been thrown around. Back then, the Council on Social Work Education in the US said we had to combat “heterosexism, ableism, and classism.” See my write-up here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2007/09/13/bureaucracy-ideology-and-the-professions/

    In 2002 a booklet distributed to every secondary school in Victoria was also using the term: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2003/01/09/a-review-of-alsorts/

    Another taxpayer-funded booklet in 2004 also made use of this ludicrous charge: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2004/05/11/a-review-of-my-friend-is-gay/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Interesting that it is the Nigerian Anglicans who are also confronting the same sex issue head on.This is the coalface bewteen Islam and Christianity. One can imagine the vehemence that Christians in Nigeria would receive if they gave into the cultural relativism that has gripped many Western churches. Wonder how the Bishop of New Hampshire would go in Nigeria??
    Wayne Pelling

  • The really evil thing about this EU ruling is that the Christians in Nigeria are already suffering from militant Muslims who will see this as further incentive to murder, pillage and rape. The Sudanese Christians will be the next lighening rod, courtesy of the EU, for Islamist hatred.

    David Skinne, UK

  • Jenny,

    I can’t help wondering how many of these activists write their guff on computers where the sex of connectors into their computer is critical for it to function. But the recently formed Same-Gender Electronic Connector Health Victoria organization is going to put an end to this discrimination soon. And they give it a name too!

    “Electrosexism assumes that gender and the relationship between the two are fixed at manufacture. Male plugs are made to plug into female sockets, and this never changes.”

    😉

    Apparently stuff that’s self-evident for technology can be ignored when it comes to human beings, even though I’m yet to hear of a single person born of homosexual activity. And pretty sure there’s over six billion who came about the conventional way. It is clear that the transmission ‘signal’ (sperm) is designed with a great deal more specificity than any electronic current!

    Even a child would give you strange looks if you consistently tried to connect up male to male, or female to female connectors, but there are people who honestly believe the world spins in the other direction when considering the intended usage of sexual organs. If pursued against the manufacturer’s instructions, this kind of agenda pursued by the radicals cannot fail to end in tears. But they will force us all to pay the high price for this folly by calling it ‘ending discrimination’. Well, sorry, but the computer I am typing this on is very ‘connecto-phobic’, and I can only speculate about theirs…

    Mark Rabich

  • In what used to be called Britain, The Commissioner for Human Rights and Equality, Sir Trevor Phillips recently came out with this staggering piece of totally unsubstantiated propaganda. It seems now that he and his cohorts are throwing caution to the wind with regard to telling the truth:

    “When my colleagues gave me the numbers it was staggering. Stonewall’s Living Together survey reported that 17 million adults witnessed homophobic bullying at school, millions of people have witnessed homophobic bullying at work. Those figures make the new online reporting facility that Jon talked about today vital. We know from Stonewall’s School Report that almost two-thirds of young people have been bullied at school on account of their sexual orientation. And that rises to a staggering three quarters of gay kids in faith schools.”

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9705.html

    But it is not only the Equality and Human Rights Legions who are ruling us, it is also the Advertising Standards Agency that is now a powerful tool for crushing the truth. Who is the chairman of the ASA? Why none other than Lord Christ Smith of Finsbury and Islington, a homosexual who has HIV and who was the MP for Islington.
    http://www.christianvoice.org.uk:80/Press/press122.html

    Back in the nineties Chris Smith was the MP for Islington where paedophilia was rife.
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23383308-details/A+foster+mother+pays+tribute+to+the+Archbishop+of+Canterbury%2527+compassion/article.do
    ( failure of Islington social services)

    Recently there has been uncovered a terrible story of paedophilia taking place in a children’s home on the island of Jersey that had direct connections with Islington. The present investigation has been blocked by Chris Smith’s friend, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=518672&in_page_id=1770 ( Jersey and the children’s home under investigation)
    http://www.thecnj.co.uk/islington/2008/030708/inews030708_17.html Links of Islington and haut de la garenne.
    http://www.underthecarpet.co.uk/Pages/NewsArticle.php?num=4115

    Who runs the equivalent of the Advertising Standards Agency in Victoria?

    David Skinner, UK

  • Frequently we hear from those who would support a bill that would make it a criminal offence to incite hatred of sodomy and lesbian behaviour (that would carry a prison sentence of seven years – and who is to say it would remain at this figure?) the demand that only temperate expressions of criticism or displeasure towards LGBT behaviour be allowed. Indeed that any displeasure being expressed should derive from taste and personal preference, but should never appeal to an objective moral code.

    Indeed this is one of the main demands of Stonewall, the lobby group who powerfully influenced the wording of the Sexual Orientation bill, the Gay Adoption Bill and who are now pressing for this legislation. Maria Eagle denies that she wishes to take away our freedom to choose how we wish to express our rejection of homosexual behaviour but then ingenuously and audaciously demands that we choose only temperate expressions. This is a blatant attempt to censor not just freedom of speech but even thought.

    This homophobic hatred bill that is predicated on a lie will undermine the rule of law by making it dependent not on reason or common sense but on whatever is the apparent consensus of public opinion or the personal opinion of the Attorney General at any given moment. The law which should be dependent on hard evidence will be dependent on the interpretation, political correctness and digestive system of a fallible Attorney General. Like the character in the film “Bruce Almighty,” he will have to respond simultaneously to over 60,000,000 citizens, all asking whether their next thought will be considered as criminal or not. He is going to be a busy man: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1575619/Robin-Page-compensated-over-%27race%27-arrest.html

    Someone who has worked night and day, unswervingly towards the target for the last ten years, is Ben Summerskill. In January 2007a prayer rally was being held by Christians outside Parliament during the debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. There were posters, saying “Don’t corrupt us” being held above almost 100 children, and a gentleman was shouting, “Don’t allow homosexuals to pervert these children.” According to Ben Summerskill, this constituted incitement to hatred and should carry a seven year prison sentence!

    If people never know, through using common sense and reason as to whether or not their remarks will land them up before the Attorney General, many will not want the take that risk; they will censor themselves. But even remaining silent may not be enough to save someone from falling foul of the law. A person could be deemed as inciting hatred simply by remaining silent when expected to vocally and publicly endorse homosexual behaviour. To remain seated, sitting on one’s hands when everyone else in standing ovation mode may well in the future not be an option. We will all be forced to publicly affirm and celebrate homosexual practice. In order to avoid fines, loss of job and a possible prison sentence, will we all have to attend diversity training centres as did Somerset firemen who exposed a homosexual orgy taking place in public?
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2585372.ece (Firemen Fined and disciplined )
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article624010.ece (Firemen).
    http://www.city-journal.org/html/10_4_bring_back_stigma.html ( Roger Scruton and Stigma)

    David Skinner, UK

  • Nigerians, and I am sure most Africans, will not stand for such nonsense as “same sex marriages” . I am Nigerian by birth and the way we address such is by simply saying “even animals do not engage in such degrading practices, how much more we humans”, what an abomination. I hold my head up high to say, with this news of the Nigerian vote, “I am very proud to be a Nigerian!

    Nigel Onamade

  • Bill

    This is coming from the crowd that is supposedly most concerned about the HIV afflicted. But of course it is not really about that when it comes to the fascist-like behaviour of the homosexual lobby enforcing their will on others. They are like the Marxists who only care about the third world when it suits the revolutionary cause.

    Damien Spillane

  • Damien is right about the Marxists using the third world poor as commodities to increase revolutionary power rather than improve their lot. Thomas Sowell pointed out the same for the domestic poor, as many people live off money ostensibly for the poor — The poverty pimp’s poem.
    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

  • Andrew Bolt, who supports gay rights but not the Gaystapo, writes about a UK case where the Gaystapo and adoption Nazis stole children from loving grandparents:

    The we-know-better brigade in Britain has astonishing powers to meddle in the most intimate of family relationships:

    Two young children are to be adopted by a gay couple, despite the protests of their grandparents. The devastated grandparents were told they would never see the youngsters again unless they dropped their opposition.

    The couple, who cannot be named, wanted to give the five-year-old boy and his four year old sister a loving home themselves. But they were ruled to be too old – at 46 and 59.

    For two years they fought for their rights to care for the children, whose 26-year- old mother is a recovering heroin addict. They agreed to an adoption only after they faced being financially crippled by legal bills.

    The final blow came when they were told the children were going to a gay household, even though several heterosexual couples wanted them. When the grandfather protested, he was told: ‘You can either accept it, and there’s a chance you’ll see the children twice a year, or you can take that stance and never see them again.’

    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

  • Amnesty International have joined the chorus of disapproval of Nigeria. After seriously compromising its human rights mission in 2007 by supporting abortion, it has now compounded this lack of credibility by supporting a lifestyle that leads to death and misery. Of course the usual ridiculous language of ‘discrimination’ and ‘hate crimes’ abounds.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012812.html

    Here is an address page to convey congratulations and messages of support to the House of Representatives in Nigeria for their stand to – whoah – believe that people are born male and female and both serve specific purposes. Imagine that!

    http://www.nassnig.org/house/contact.php

    Love how these poor African nations – Uganda (abstinence programs – proven to work) and Nigeria are officially telling the social engineering extremists to go jump.

    And I won’t ever give 5 cents to Amnesty again…

    Mark Rabich

  • German MEP Fr. Gröner, signee of the request for sanctions http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/news.php, left a repeated quest for an answer to the report in view of the reaction in Nigeria unanswered, so far.
    Christoph Rebner, Germany

  • Well said Nigel! if only we in the West could be endowed with the same common sense…
    Joy Clements

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