Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Does this work?

I’d been tossing around the idea of writing something like this for a while now and am still not sure if it works or if it's just obnoxious. Read the whole thing before you arrive at any conclusions -

There’s been a lot of talk about what to do about people who pursue particular ‘alternative lifestyles’. There have been suggestions made that their lifestyles should be criminalised, as they were in many countries in the past and as they still are in some. Now, even though I find their ways utterly foreign, I would defend their right to live their lives as they wish.

The task is made more difficult by the way they treat anyone different as someone who needs to be made like them. How else to understand their constant displays of their ‘identity’ with the use of particular modes of dress, symbols, ways of speaking and choice of vocabulary? What else could be the aim behind their insistence on organising large public gatherings in the centres of our towns, during which they make public avowals of their life choices? Don’t they realise that, if everyone lived the way they think is best, humanity would come to an end?

The important thing to realise is the issue of choice – they are in a different category from people who are of a different race, as their difference is due to a decision. Of course, much has been said and written recently about their predilections being inborn but I find it difficult to believe as there are societies which are practically free of their kind. So, it has to be acknowledged that they have made a choice to be what they are. That’s assuming they were adults when they became what they are. However, if one looks at the statistics it becomes clear that instead of their lifestyle being the result of an adult choice, for most of them it is due to childhood indoctrination. Most are the way they are because of how they were brought up by the people who had been supposed to protect them. And this is where the hardest question has to be asked – can we afford to let them bring up another generation of children to be like them? A consenting adult has the right to do what they will with their mind but children are all too easily misled. So, I think that, even while we have no right to stop them from spending Sundays in whatever way they see fit, we have to seriously ask if we, as a society, can stand idly by and watch young children having their minds warped with a false ideology that runs counter to everything that we stand for. But, if we are to do something, what is to be done? After all, a modern, liberal, multicultural and pluralist society can not simply institute the compulsory castration of Christians.


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