This is a follow up post on the UNIMBAM issue in Belize. As we previously posted The Amandala Newspaper is horrifically homophobic. In an editorial written after the fear mongering hate filled polling they did on the Amandala website the editor wrote an even more telling and disgusting essay on the issue of anal sex in Belize. Apart from the many factual inaccuracies (The Roman Catholic Church is headquartered in the Vatican City, not Rome) and (babies are to this day not made in test tubes) the editor’s argument for irresponsible anti-gay homophobia is poor.
The editor’s first argument is the Old Testament decree that butt-sex is sinful and dirty. Well it’s definitely dirty and some might argue is sinfully pleasurable. Regardless, last we checked the Old Testament had a thing or two to say about eating shellfish. How many Belizeans don’t eat conk ceviche or shrimp? I hear lobster-fest is a good time. Let’s not play this game of quote-able quotes from the Bible. The New Testament orders us to love our neighbors as we would our self (ahem, human rights for everyone).
The editor in his second argument poorly tries to dismiss “human rights” as an issue by invoking the spectre of gay couples having children (via test tube). This is utterly ridiculous fear mongering. Had the editor done any research he would know that there are already gay parented families. What’s more these families where not made via test tube or any other sci-fi fantasy. But rather good old fashioned sex, likely, in the missionary position. Some other families are formed after hetero couples break-up only to discover they are same-sex orientated. Or in other cases the family might be formed by adoption. Many an orphan would rather two daddies than live on the streets.
The third argument is even better. The classic “thin edge of the wedge”, or slippery slope argument. It’s strikes us here at Belize News Post that this metaphor is bit phallic:
we have told you before about “thin edge of the wedge.” If you get in the thin edge, you can drive in the fat edge of the wedge.
The final stroke:
Belizeans are divided, and the divisions will become more emotional and quarrelsome in nature. But, more than being divided, many Belizeans are confused. So are we. We can’t claim to understand men who want to be women, and women who want to be men. Our plea is ignorance.
Clearly, the editor does not know any LGBT. First, being LGBT is not a choice—not a matter of “wanting” to be something. It’s not a “don’t want to be a member of the opposite sex” situation and there is a difference. The editor is probably referring to trans-gender individuals or perhaps someone in transition but even in this case these individuals believe (and their bodies believe) that they ARE the opposite sex. Yes, Amandala ignorance is bliss. If you are a ten year old child. For a supposedly legit newspaper of repute this is a sad song to sing. Especially sinful after publishing polls, and other letters to the editor which spread hate and misinformation so freely.
-Belize News Post