Posts tagged ‘hypocrisy’

June 11, 2012

Why Christ Would Shake His Head In Disgust If He Saw His Church,

As Trinidad and Tobago prepares to update the gender policy there has been a lot of stupidity and obfuscation emerging. While LGBT people ask for even basic protection from discrimination and equality under the law as seen in the brave protests of people from CAISO and The Silver Lining Foundation, we see the tactics of those opposed to all citizens having equal rights. One inexplicable tactic has been to bring up same-sex marriage ( or as I like to call it – marriage) and abortion as all being connected. Now I am sure to the more pea-brained this makes sense. Watching their poorly scribbled signs I see that the connection is that anything that doesn’t result in a baby popping out is anathema.

Apparently the fact that a few of those babies popping out turned out to be gay escapes the few religious zealots that have been protesting. Yes, those babies grew up in heterosexual homes surrounded by everything heterosexual and still ended up gay. Shocking.  I suppose in ignoring the no judging thing in favor of the more attractive Torah they seem to have lost the fact that the record of their own savior has nothing to say on the subject. The worst crime on the calendar to them didn’t merit a  mention from the mouth of  Jesus – despite  two thousand years of manipulation.

But just in case anyone thinks the irrelevant argument about marriage is the sticking point – despite nobody even asking for it – the Archbishop shows that his  vile message is even more general:

Archbishop Joseph Harris is calling on citizens to resist moves to accept homosexuality. He is the latest religious leader to speak out against what he described as society’s increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships. His comments come in the wake of the government’s new national gender policy, which promises to promote fairness and equality among citizens.

We are copycats in T&T. We look at the US and what they do and want to do it too. But one of the things nobody thinks about is structure and the importance of it,” Archbishop Harris said. “If we facilitate sinful structures, which are against God’s law, we are teaching our young people that it’s okay to lead a sinful life. We must turn back to God.”

Read more idiocy here.

Ignoring , for the moment, that the Archbishop’s church has been actively involved in covering up pedophile scandals for decades and overlooking apparent Mafia ties to the Vatican bank, one wonders what his church wants?  Kill all LGBT people? Force them to undergo pointless and dangerous  reparative therapy when even the WHO regards it as just another human variation?  Live in the shadows like scurrying insects because that is okay with your worldview?

Inquisitions and torture aside Archbishop, does your church have a death wish to forever remain on the wrong side of history? Galileo’s ghost is wondering. Look up ‘hypocrisy’ online when you get a chance.

October 7, 2011

Interview with Artist and Activist Dave Williams

The prominent local dancer and choreographer talks about the recently concluded  Erotic Art Week in Trinidad. The interview aired on ieTV  October 3, 2011.

 

March 22, 2011

Of hypocrisy and hairdos

Though I know and have interviewed many politicians I generally hold them in fairly low regard. I have told veteran and aspiring politicians alike that to me all politicians are either crooks or crooks in training. Cynical, I know, but really not too far from my actual view.

Trinidad & Tobago got a new government in May of 2010. They were swept into power promising change and turning away from the real or perceived profligate spending of the previous regime.  After entering office the public was told that the treasury was low in funds and there would need to be a very careful approach to spending in the years ahead. All was okay, however, as we were told that “we are all in this together.” Again, fair enough.

While public servants and other quarters were calling for increased wages they were told that they should think of the national good and wait for the economy to recover. Not unreasonable  when put into the context of the aforementioned national belt-tightening  - then things started to change.

To appeal to heaven knows what electorate the prize money for cultural shows such as Soca Monarch, Chutney Soca Monarch and Calypso Monarch was suddenly increased to $2 million TT each. Did this money benefit the general population? Nope. Just the winners. Now, however, comes a development that is even more egregious a waste of  those allegedly diminished tax dollars – not because of scale but because it is not widely reported and is an example of  ‘do as I say but not as I do’.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar in earlier, less glam times.

The Prime Minister has been out of the country on a several trips for economic, cultural and political reasons.  During those trips ( including one to accept an award from Glamor magazine) she has been spotted in various upscale and fashionable ensembles. Not a problem really; she says  she is promoting local fashion designers. Naturally, these outfits need serious hair and makeup as well. Here I was thinking that the PM had learned some makeup tricks and was making use of the salons in the hotels she was staying in. Turns out I was wrong –  as I discovered following her recent trip to London to handle some Commonwealth business ( she is currently the head of that exceedingly useless organization filled with innumerable miscreants).

The New and Improved Glam Kam with the British PM - pic from news.gov.tt

It seems the PM, a la Oprah, travels on these trips with her own celebrity hairdresser from Trinidad – who normally caters to the rich and famous on the island. On the recent trip he closed up shop ( presumably losing a lot of money and requiring compensation)  for a week and tagged along  seeing to her coiffure needs. I can only presume this is being funded by taxpayers dollars ( unless she is willing to squander her own money for such a frivolous purpose). This reeks of hypocrisy.

I am sure her legions of supporters will say the hairdresser’s  airfare, hotel accommodation, meals and compensation for losing a week at his business is justified because the PM needs to look good so that the country looks good. This would suggest they truly believe the PM is unable to find a decent hair or makeup artist in the backwoods places she visits like New York and London. Surely  a hotel hairstylist could make the arduous trip up to the penthouse with straightening iron in hand?

When the Summit of the Americas was held in Trinidad, the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ( not a head of state but infinitely more important than the PM of a small Caribbean island) made it her business to look for a hairdresser in Port of Spain to take care of her needs.

As columnist and accountant William Lucie-Smith recently wrote in the Trinidad Express:

“I am very surprised at how partisan so many people are, because I find it difficult to give continuous support to any political party. The truth is I believe the people of Trinidad and Tobago have been very badly represented by politicians in general and that a great deal of the wealth of our country has been squandered by venal politicians more interested in personal political mileage than the common good. No political party has shown much virtue in their management of our resources and the current government is no exception.”

When preaching fiscal restraint it is always a good example to lead by example.

February 12, 2011

Jamaica- homophobia, asylum seekers and denial

Via CAISO|GSPOTTT

Already viewed by the world as the most homophobic place in the hemisphere, LGBT Jamaicans have taken to seeking asylum in countries where their lives are not in danger .

The Washington Post has an excellent piece by Shankar Vedantam on the experiences of one such person – Andrae Bent. His experiences are, I am sure, a daily reality for many others in Jamaica. The article also notes that the Jamaican government continues to tell the world that they are a caring society in an effort to keep those tourist dollars flowing while the reality belies their PR message.

“From the time he was in grade school in his native Jamaica, Andrae Bent was the target of taunts and attacks.

A classmate once stabbed him near his eye with a pencil for being effeminate. Another time, a man pulled a knife on him and asked if he was “one of them,” Bent said, meaning homosexual. Fearing for his life, Bent denied his homosexuality.

“I was called faggot, gay, batty man, chichi man,” he said. “This would be from classmates, from people on the streets when I was walking home. Wherever I went in Jamaica, it was a nightmare.”

Five months ago, Bent, now 24, won asylum in the United States on the grounds that he had credible fear of persecution as a gay man if he were to go back to Jamaica. He joined what has become a small wave of gay Jamaicans fleeing homophobia in the Caribbean nation.

Despite its image as a laid-back island paradise for American tourists, Jamaica still criminalizes sodomy and has long been regarded by human rights activists as virulently anti-gay…

Read the rest in the Washington Post here.

 

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