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Andrew McClintock: an apology

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

In an earlier post, I called Andrew McClintock — who believed he should not have to obey the Law of the Land because his imaginary friend says so — a homophobic dickhead.

It has been pointed out to me that this choice of wording might tend to diminish McClintock’s standing in the eyes of someone who considers being a dickhead to be somehow less acceptable than being homophobic. (I personally would have expected that believing such things would cause most people’s heads to undergo what mobile phone manufacturers’ lawyers refer to euphemistically as spontaneous rapid disassembly.)

I also realise that there is a world of difference between being a dickhead and merely acting like a dickhead. After all, actors in soap operas who portray characters who perform distasteful acts regularly receive hate mail and death threats from members of the public who conflate television drama with reality, and the imaginary character Deirdre Rachid received more letters of support from a concerned public than any real-life political prisoner. I should not stoop to the level of these people.

Anyway, to return to the subject at hand. Andrew McClintock is not a homophobic dickhead. He is merely a homophobe who sometimes behaves like a dickhead. OK now?

Another Religious Jerk

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

See this story on the Derby Evening Telegraph website:
Forced out of job by alcohol beliefs
A MUSLIM from Derby is suing supermarket giant Tesco for religious discrimination because he was asked to handle crates of alcohol against his beliefs.

Mohammed Ahmed, of Upper Dale Road, Normanton, also accused Tesco of victimisation and harassment during a three-day employment tribunal.

Poor little baby. Did the nasty master make you pick up a crate of booze? What about other religions that are intolerant of alcohol, such as Methodists? Do they receive special dispensation? What about pork, bacon, sausages, ham and paintbrushes made with pigs’ bristles — and other religions who have a problem with pork products?

Nobody was making him drink the stuff, for crying out loud. It’s sealed up in bottles and packed up in crates. And the claim that he was unaware — despite having visited other British supermarkets — that Tesco sold alcohol is simply laughable.

Mohammed Ahmed is an embarrassment to his community, towards whom he has done nothing but stir up ill feeling. I am sure that most Muslims in this country are quite happy to leave their more outlandish beliefs at the door of the Mosque on the way out, but there are many ignorant people who would use one person’s pathetic, infantile behaviour to tar them all with the same brush.

Ahmed deserves nothing more than a one-way ticket back to Saudi Arabia — wrapped in the bill for the whole sorry affair. Including the clean-up for any race riots that may ensue as a result of his acting like a twat.

Andrew McClintock is a homophobic dickhead

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

See this story on the BBC website:
Gay adoption tribunal appeal due
The upshot of it is that a man is complaining because he has to do what the Law of the Land requires, as opposed to what his queer-bashing imaginary friend requires. Well, boo bloody hoo.

I really, really hope this bigoted prick gets shot down in flames. If someone’s religion said that they had to sacrifice thirteen virgins every full moon, we wouldn’t have to umm and aah about allowing them to do that out of some misguided “respect for their religion”. Why on Earth do these christians think that just because their big book of fairy tales tells them that something is wrong with it, they have the right to interfere with a perfectly natural practice?

“Dumped” – an interesting parallel

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Dumped” was a reality TV show and eco-experiment which was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2-5 September 2007. If you didn’t see the programme, you can find more about it here.

One of the things I noticed from the Dumped experiment was that some people seemed to take the attitude that suffering the hardship of living in a s#!thole, in the knowledge that they were going to be taken back home at the end of it all anyway was preferable to making the effort do something about that ‘hole right now.

There’s an interesting parallel, I think, with religions that promise an afterlife in heaven if you just put up with life on Earth for long enough and don’t do anything positive for the here-and-now.

Of course, what we saw on the dump was that the “death-cultists” were actually suffering noticeably (to us; I’m not sure they noticed it). Everyone’s mood was lifted when the new shelter was built, even the ones who didn’t think it was worth making the effort at first.

What could we achieve if instead of bickering about whose “fantasy theme park for dead people” was the nicest, we actually worked together at making a difference in the real world just for awhile?