I came across this Letter to the Editor and thought that it deserves further promotion. It is written by a young woman who I have been fortunate enough to meet on several occassions, and she is quite frankly an amazingly talented young lady. In this letter she has echoed some of the sentiments I put forth in the previous post of ‘Homophobic comments in Parliament’ but I feel she has done so with greater clarity and eloquence than I could have. Of course, all the opinions in it are hers. I haven’t been able to speak with her to ask her permission to reprint it here, but I am confident she won’t mind, and the original is available online at the RG anyway.
Who is a hypocrite? – June 9, 2008
Thank you, Louise Jackson, for letting the Premier know that as a representative of Bermuda, participation in any sort of event that celebrates/utilises/profits from or in part from the sexual exploitation, objectification, or commodification of women is completely inappropriate.
No thanks to you, Glenn Blakeney, who seems to feel that it’s an apt analogy to tenuously string a relationship between participation in an event that objectifies women and the passing of a bill (the Stubbs Bill) that decriminalised homosexual sex. Mr. Blakeney said: “It astounds me that (Louise Jackson) would be so hypocritical (in speaking about morality). Those members on the other side were among some of those who passed the Stubbs Bill.”
Mr. Blakeney, when you can demonstrate, without relying on the homophobia, sensationalism, and ignorance that this Government is known for, that the legalising of what two fully consenting human beings do in the privacy of their own homes is tantamount to the end of morality … when you can show that a person’s sexual orientation, whether determined by biology or choice, warrants Government-sanctioned discrimination in housing, public services, or employment … when you can justify to those affected by you and your Government’s ignorance, cowardice, and collective blind eye that denying them of their basic human rights in their own country is moral and just… then you may even fathom of being in a moral place that approximates righteous indignation.
How dare you condone “our” Premier’s participation in the objectification of women and say that giving someone their just rights is hypocritical.
Until we fully grasp that sexism, homophobia, and racism all stem from hatred, intolerance, and dominance, we can continue to take moral high roads that only lead to democratic dead-ends. It is impossible to believe in equality for Blacks and women but to sanction discrimination against homosexuals. It is impossible to stand for justice but to condone, support, or be compliant with another’s marginalisation. When mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and, dare I say, Ministers and doctors, can condone the unjust treatment of those whom they love and say they serve, we have no sense of morality consistency. Until we can support an amendment to the Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and to protect the rights of all – indeed, we are hypocrites.