I read today (20 March) in the UK Telegraph that an 81-year-old Tory councillor of Witham town council in Essex England, Angela Kilmartin, has been stood down for a Facebook post. This what she wrote: “I don’t want Pride sex flags along my high street. I don’t even want heterosexual flags along my high street. Sex is for the bedroom and private life, not for displaying preferences in public.” Apparently ‘Pride month’ is coming up in June.
The town council Tory leader Michael Lager, clearly a ponce of the first order, reportedly told the BBC: “We dissociate ourselves totally from the reported remarks of this particular member…We do not tolerate discrimination between people of different faiths, beliefs and all the proactive characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010, that we respect and promote.”
Incidentally, all of the Telegraph readers that I read were totally on the side of Ms Kilmartin.
Leave aside a couple of things like why any 81-year-old is on Facebook and why Mr Lager has trouble with the English language. This LBTQ+ is getting way out of hand.
When I first saw the gaily-coloured painted roads on and adjacent to George Street Sydney I wondered what was going on. Only later did I twig. Ratepayers, unasked, forked out $150,000, apparently, to paint roads to celebrate Sydney WorldPride, whatever the heck that is.
I assume it’s like the UK’s pride month, referred to above. I don’t know and don’t care. Like Ms Kilmartin I don’t appreciate having atypical sexual preferences thrust in front of me as I’m walking through town.
Like most of us, I have had well-regarded colleagues and have a loved relative who are same-sex attracted. I don’t judge. I’m in no position to judge. I think as a Christian that what same-sex couples do for intimate entertainment is sinful. Join the party of all of humanity. I think it is good thing that societies have become tolerant. Unless someone is harmed, leave judgment to our Lord Jesus Christ.
But tolerance is a long way from celebration. Am I really obliged to celebrate two men marrying and engaging in sodomy. Well I won’t unless they, whoever they are, put a gun to my head. Which the way things are going they might well do. I don’t want my taxes paid to celebrate atypical sexual preferences or, in fact, as Ms Kilmartin argues, any sexual preferences.
Gay Pride is a nonsensical proposition. I found it funny that Ms Kilmartin didn’t want heterosexual flags flying either. Are there any such ridiculous flags. I doubt it and, like the lady, wouldn’t want to see them fluttering in the breeze.
People take pride in all kinds of strange things these days. A proud Aboriginal man or woman we hear all the time; and often from people who have much more European in them than Aboriginality. People who have recovered from alcoholism or drug addiction are often told how proud they must be; what, for causing distress to loved ones for years beforehand? Let me make it clear, I would find it embarrassing to say that I’m proudly heterosexual or a proud Liverpudlian or a proud recoveree from some self-imposed addiction. Give us all a break. Feel self-indulgently proud, if you must, for some personal achievement of note, but even then keep it to yourself.
As C S Lewis put it, pride is the greatest of sins. And he said that in a much more self-effacing age than the one in which we now live. I don’t know what he would have made of gay pride.