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Hatikva dashed February 26, 2005

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It is so desperately infuriating to hear of a fresh suicide-bomber murder in Tel Aviv. It makes me more trenchant in my view that the obstacles to peace certainly seem more numerous on the Palestinian side than on the Israeli side, although that appears to be the view of very few, mysteriously. The message it sends doesn’t even deserve the epithet interesting, but it shows, of course, that the militants are openly opposed to the tentative moves towards some form of reconciliation and want to dash the hope freshly aroused by the apparently positive moves in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Well, the Palestinian Authority has immediately condemned the attack, but those words won’t be of much comfort to those affected most closely or anyone who expects Israel to show restraint in combatting the hate-mongers.

I still feel that the situation without Arafat around should be better than before, and Abbas seems vaguely more committed to peace than his predecessor. But how much sway does he hold over the murderous militants? I fear very little. These are people so imbued with hatred and a conviction that they are victims – they are of course: of their own wrongness – that no good can come while they still have a military capability. They will make the standard claim that this was in reaction to Israeli aggression – presumably in referral to someone attempting to get into a Gaza settlement being shot – which is, of course, utter piffle.

Well, hatikva can never be completely dashed, of course, and I will remain hopeful, but long may the terrorists and their supporters rot.

Praise the Lord… February 5, 2005

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…it’s a miracle. As I trawled through some magazines and papers online today, hoping I might be able to get through a whole article that didn’t lump together fags and those opposed to freedom of speech – I don’t think I did – I came across http://www.secularism.org.uk/. Hurrah! Such a relief to see atheists and secularists in a positive light. No mention of ‘self-loathing,’ no mention of ‘leftist,’ ‘feminist,’ ‘pro-gay’ or any such other sneering epithet.

Has it become the height of wishy-washiness to still respect other people’s views? Yes, so I am a terrible atheist homosexual. And yet I have more and more ‘respect’ for religion. People’s faith is fascinating, but not something to be put beyond criticism. Good for you, religious folk, that you have faith and are helped in whatever way by your religion in your day-to-day lives, but that should not mean that others are unable to criticise religion and the religious. I am as worried as the next man by the legislation being talked of now in the UK. The book-burners and theatre-besiegers are the ones who should be sneered at.

On anti-gayness February 4, 2005

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It can be so depressing to read the intelligent press these days. Press which I like, enjoy, respect. And yet I come across, all the more often, endless anti-gay comments. It is so disheartening. I have always liked to think of myself as an ulmost uninterested-in-gay-politics (whatever they are) homosexual, and yet this type of comment pushes one the other way. In the latest edition of www.spectator.co.uk, the article ‘The inexorable march of censorship in New Labour Britain’ by Paul Johnson, was proving an interesting read, even if there was some of the traditional drear about political correctness, but why throw in not being allowed to be anti-gay? I hate the implication that gay folk are some hectoring group constantly crying wolf and looking for something unreasonable. I, and, I expect, most other homosexuals, want nothing more than to be able to get on with our lives unlegislated AGAINST. But, gosh, it’s depressing reading this type of sneer ever more frequently.

Now listen here… February 3, 2005

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OK, so I may just be some Jew-loving, poof (sorry Julie Burchill, Melanie Phillips) atheist, but I still demand a bit of a reaction. I think it’s time to start going onto some of these right-leaning, no-shit bloggers’, sites to start leaving provocative messages in the hope that one of them might return the compliment. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like those blogs or their authors. I find them witty and interesting, and I’m not at all touting myself as something of a lefty. But then I don’t think I can go in for a superior tone either. We are not individual. We are not original. We are all products of our time. And, call me a dinosaur if you will, I still think the other view needs to be trashed politely.