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On civility

We’ve been hearing a lot about civility lately, or rather, the lack of it. Sometimes a little civility goes a long way. And sometimes it’s nothing more than a debating tactic; an excuse to air views that don’t deserve much airing.

We can, and should, have a civil discussion on the way we price carbon. But should we really entertain a civil discussion on, say, whether women should have their voting rights renounced? Are all discussions equal?

For Peter Jensen, the answer is apparently ‘yes’:

I’m looking for a respectful and serious discussion of very important issues.

Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Except it isn’t.

You can’t sit there and ask for a nice, civil conversation when you have absolutely no intention of changing your mind. You can’t enjoy the tax-free status provided by the LGBTI community, and use it to fund your denial of their basic rights. You can’t ignore all of the polite rebuttals to your fallacious slippery slope, and claim that marriage equality will lead to bestiality and incest, again, and again, and again. You can’t lie, and distort, and cheat, and then get upset when we tell you to fuck off.

And, above all, you can’t ask for civility, and a respectful consideration of your views, when those views are entirely based on the belief that homosexuality is evil, even if you’re not a complete wanker, and don’t think it should be criminalised.

But don’t despair. There are things you can do. You can go away and have a long, hard think about whether marriage equality will actually affect you, personally. You can think about whether it will give some joy to a group of people that have been discriminated against for a long, long time. You can do some reading, and learn that homosexuality is not a lifestyle choice, and the world isn’t divided neatly into “men with dicks” and “chicks with coochies”. You can realise that whether marriage equality happens or not, we will still have same-sex couples, and some of those couples will raise children, and the world won’t explode.

And when you’re finished doing all of that, and you’re still against marriage equality, there’s only one thing left for you to do: take your civility, and shove it.

Category: Good, Marriage equality


2 Responses

  1. Fly on the Wall says:

    This would all be solved if straight people just stopped having gay babies.

  2. chris says:

    I do like it when the argument for tolerance becomes intolerant. Faintly reminds me of something…

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