being offended

Not so long ago, in the U.S.A., many felt aggrieved by the statues to Civil War ‘heroes’ and because these heroes were seen to represent offence, wanted to pull them down. That action, to my mind, would be yet another step towards sanitising history while, again to my mind, a far better idea would have been – and still would be – to put up more statues, next to the existing ones, praising those who represent ‘something better.’  That wouldn’t change history and may stimulate debate.

The move towards societies in which the giving and taking offence is banned boggles my mind. It isn’t a positive move. There is no theatre without conflict, no humour without offence and there’s excellent reason to remember the court jesters of previous times whose duties including ‘poking fun’ and raising dangerous topics to the Majesty of the day.

‘Love is love’ and ‘I was born that way’ were the primary slogans used in our recent ‘Same sex marriage’ referendum. Having been subjected to the attentions of a child molester and the devastation which that caused, I remember well the way in which that molester used the word ‘love’ and I’ve had decades in which to think about whether or not that man could just as easily have said ‘I was born that way’ and continued on his way with no further thought about the matter … so is it offensive to raise this line of thought? That referendum wasn’t only about ‘Same sex marriage’ but was actually about redefining marriage. This isn’t a trivial matter when we’ve had a few thousand years of history and tradition, covering all cultures, in which marriage was defined as being between a man and a woman yet this whole recent issue was couched in such a way as to hide the redefining of marriage, to word it in such a way as to make it about inclusion and fairness. To further that end Lesbian and Gay had to include other varieties of sexual preference and so we now have the ‘alphabet soup’ of LGBTQ. So everything is normalised and there is a push to normalise paedophilia. No doubt, paedophilia has always been within the range of human expression and I’m sorry for those who have to carry that burden … I’d go further and if indeed ‘I was born that way’ applies to paedophiles then to not act on those urges is deserving of respect.

I’m not suggesting that gay or lesbian equates in some way to child molesting but ‘Love is love’ and ‘I was born that way’ are too simplistic for anything more than casual thought and I’ll couple that with the overwhelming desire of the gay and lesbian community to have equality in marriage rather than a union accepted by law and, to my mind, our society is diminished rather than improved. And, of course, there was and is an agenda behind this issue. The recent calls for getting rid of such words as ‘He’ and ‘She’ bear this out.

Do these thoughts cause offence? Tough and too bad and I’m happy about that…. happy is the wrong word … ‘o.k. with that’ is closer to the truth.

I don’t use facebook or twitter and don’t have a smart phone. I don’t put up my thoughts in a blog format because they’re just thoughts, musings and if they clarify my thinking and stimulate thought elsewhere that’s sufficient. If I were to encourage a back and forth of commentary then it would take on an importance in my mind which I don’t want or ‘deserve.’

Meanwhile the largest prison in the world, the Gaza Strip, continues to be ruled and controlled by Israel. The Gaza Strip is tiny – “Gaza is a Palestinian region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Egypt on the southwest for 13 kilometres and Israel on the east and north along a 59 kilometre border.

At 360 square kilometres, Gaza is home to a population of more than 1.5 million people, including 1.1 million Palestinian refugees.”

To give some perspective, Adelaide which is one of our smaller cities is about 1800 square kilometres – Gaza is 360. There is nowhere for them to go.

For close to seventy years Israel has had the pretence of peace talks and having a ‘two state solution’ was an integral part of that idea. Israel has the power and always has done. It controls water, access and Israeli settlers continue to steal Palestinian land.

It’s a silly and spurious idea to suggest that criticism of Israel is somehow anti-Semitic – people are people, Israel is a Zionist State, a political entity and many Jews are horrified by its actions.

And most politicians are too concerned with possibly causing offence to raise the matter…. and to keep raising the matter.

Causing offence is what happens when thieves and bullies get questioned. That’s as it should be.

The same can be said for the system of Central Banks which enslave the world. They’re privately owned regardless of names such as The Federal Reserve and a few hours research will show quite how and when these entities came into being.