The Dissemination of Thought

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A ridiculous spat by The Kat in the Hat

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There are things that genuinely deserve to be ridiculed. Ten gallon hats in Canberra, for example. After reading this article today, I’m going to add anything that comes out of Bob Katter’s mouth to the list. As far as the Independent MP is concerned, the push for marriage equality in Australia is a stupid idea, and “deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed”.

I find it concerning that an elected member of parliament is laughing off a change that will give all Australians equal opportunity to marry, thus removing the discrimination that currently surrounds the act of marriage in this country. After reading Bob’s comments and observing the make up of the crowd, I’m surprised that someone at the pro-marriage rally didn’t have a banner saying “Discrimination’s okay, if you’re gay!”

During his speech, he alluded to the fact that gay, one of “the most beautiful words in the English language” has lost its original meaning in modern society, and homosexuality is to blame. Bob seems to have forgotten that as languages develop, words often gain new meanings, both official and colloquial. I’m currently rereading The War of the Worlds. In it, H.G. Wells frequently uses the word ejaculate. When he penned the story in 1898, the word was used in a totally different context, and while it’s amusing to read “his landlady came to the door, loosely wrapped in dressing gown and shawl; her husband followed ejaculating” with a 2011 mindset, it demonstrates how easily the meaning of words can evolve.

On what was apparently the day for it, Barnaby Joyce also jumped on the ludicrous statement bandwagon when he suggested that same-sex marriage would be detrimental to his four daughters. According to Senator Joyce, “we know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband…”. What the fuck? While it would probably be pertinent to point out to him that a Y chromosome doesn’t necessarily signal a protected, secure relationship, he’s missing the big picture. Legislating same-sex marriage will mean equality for all, so while his daughters would still be able to marry men, they would also have the freedom and right to marry women, if that was their choice. I find his comment about not wanting any legislators “to take that right” away from him – yes, his right – archaic and somewhat disturbing, but it’s a discussion for another day.

I’ve said it once, and I have no doubt that I’ll say it again: there is no room in politics or the public education system for religion. These battlefields need to be the domain of clear, free thinkers, who are prepared to take an open mind into investigating changes to benefit us all, representative of the views of majority Australia. It has again been demonstrated that when people are asked to make decisions, on behalf of every Australian, that clash with their singular personal beliefs, emotion and bias come to out to play, while rational argument is relegated to the corner, wearing the dunce’s cap.

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  1. There is just one consolation that I take from this, extremely small though it may be and that is that we are now yet as crazy as the Americans.

    Case in point http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjMnFnrS2t4&feature=player_embedded

    OzSpinCycle

    August 17, 2011 at 00:04

    • “We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life…”. She seems to be confused as to what sexual dysfunction actually is – while they do have little blue pills to assist with it, I’m pretty sure that taking them won’t “cure the gay”, as she would most eloquently put it.

      It’s pretty sad when someone can run for the highest office in the country with nothing more than bigoted opinions based on a blatant religious beliefs. She has no substance to any of her arguments, and certainly no rational thought was involved in their production. I’ve seen her a few times in the media now, and in every instance it’s the same song and dance – the standard justification for her position on everything seems to be that everything is evil, and that unless she intervenes as President, the United States of America will be condemned to the burning fires of hell.

      At least if she had a stupid ten gallon hat, it would be easier to identify her as a quasi-religious bedlamite, masquerading as a politician.

      disseminatedthought

      August 17, 2011 at 10:02

  2. You’re right. We have too many (noisy) politicians who let their personal beliefs dictate what everyone else is able to do. And on same sex marriage, they are WAAAAAY out of touch with what the community wants. Idiots. That’s the only word I keep coming back to. Idiots.

    As for Barnaby Joyce, his comments imply an ownership of his daughters that really creeps me out.

    newswithnipples

    August 17, 2011 at 10:11

    • If you want to see the poster child for politicians who have nothing to offer BUT their personal beliefs, check out the link that the first commenter posted – that woman’s bigotry is on a whole different level. Perhaps it’s something for Bob and the boys to aspire to.

      Do you think that anyone has asked Senator Joyce’s daughters how they feel about his right to see them safely married off to the first suitor that comes along, provided that person is a big, strong man? You are right, it’s definitely creepy, but it also exposes the rationale that goes into his political position.

      Thanks for your feedback, and I hope that you enjoy TDoT.

      disseminatedthought

      August 17, 2011 at 11:02

      • I think his daughters are quite young – all four under 10?

        newswithnipples

        August 17, 2011 at 12:37

      • Yeah, I tried to clarify the age question from his official website when writing the post, but I the only useful thing that I learnt was that he is – at least as far as he’s concerned – “a great shot”. Judging from the family pictures I’ve seen, I’d say that you’re spot on.

        They’re going to be in for a fucking treat when they get to an age that fully allows them to comprehend their father’s concept of ownership.

        disseminatedthought

        August 17, 2011 at 13:47

  3. This has almost got to be a beat up. Apparantly Bob Katter has a gay brother.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/bob-katters-gay-brother-speaks-out/story-e6frfkvr-1226120714199

    Surely this just too silly to be true.

    OzSpinCycle

    August 23, 2011 at 19:42

    • I just watched the interview – thanks for posting the link. Unfortunately, I get the distinct impression that it’s not a media stunt.

      I still shake my head at Bob’s claim that there aren’t any homosexuals in North Queensland.

      Call me cynical, but how much of his stance on marriage equality is based on spite? He obviously has a strained and dysfunctional relationship with his half brother – could this, along with his narrow-minded personal tenets, be driving the push, more so than a genuine belief that an opposition to same-sex marriage is what the community at large really wants?

      disseminatedthought

      August 23, 2011 at 20:55


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