The scene: a pre-Christmas dinner date, in a pleasant, local restaurant. The dramatis personae: Adam Fannin, pastor at the Stedfast Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida; his wife; and the waiting staff at said restaurant. In later remarks to his congregation, he bewails his evening, ruined on account of having to be served by waiters whom he presumes to be gay.
Here comes this flaming foo-foo fruit loop. I’m here to have date night, enjoy some time with my wife, and I can’t because of the lisps.
The sheer, barefaced egregiousness of the man’s blatant self-victimisation had my jaw hitting the lino.
I would ordinarily be tempted to call him delusional, or perhaps call what he’s doing confabulation, but I suspect he knows exactly what he is doing, and that is speaking to others’ ignorance, and making an appeal to those who suffer from selectively amnesiac bigotry.
Despite Donald Trump’s post-electoral pledge of being a “president for all Americans”, things look decidedly unsettling for the LGBT community, right now. Granted, he only said he would a be president for all Americans. He never at any point intimated that he would be a president anyone would like, a fact that likely hasn’t gone unnoticed. Continue reading →
“[Omar Mateen’s ex-wife] described him as mentally unstable and traumatised”. So said Suzanne Moore, in her article yesterday1 in the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
It’s just one word, but it raises an interesting question, one that the author doesn’t address at all in the article: If Mateen was traumatised, then by what? By whom?
I don’t think it was by the sight of two men kissing, which is what the media seem to be suggesting was what enraged him and galvanised him into action. The traits and behaviour thus described by his ex-wife predate the tragic events in Orlando.
The Guardian newspaper published an article last month1, the topic of which was the rising number of people in the UK who identify as being of ‘no religion’. Geographical and demographic data pertaining to religious attitudes and affiliations had been collected by British Social Attitudes surveys over the course of roughly 30 years, and were analysed by Dr. Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. (The report did not consider data from Scotland or Northern Ireland, although comparable statistics on the former were broadly in step with figures from England and Wales.)