When the world makes you sick

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

Steven Weinberg

A photo from Truro's 2009 Gay Pride Parade

It was with shock and anger that I read some of the most despicable news that I have ever encountered. There is no rational reason behind the choices that have been made, only illogical hatred of something that is completely natural.

This month, what little protection (and it was still a bit of a joke to some extent) that lesbian, gay and bisexual people had in countries that look down on people who aren’t straight – as if they are the worst scum on Earth – was removed. The United Nations, as PinkPaper.com reported, “has removed a plea for lesbians, gays and bisexuals not to be executed in a narrow vote.”

During the last ten years, lesbians, gays and bisexuals have been protected under a resolution that also seeks to stop those of different, “ethnicity, religious belief and linguistic minorities,” from being executed on discriminatory grounds and those groups still remain safe. The same resolution still protects, “human rights defenders (like journalists, lawyers and demonstrators), street children and members of indigenous communities.”

Those countries who voted for the protection to be lifted were all well known to discriminate against homosexuals and bisexuals. Their hatred of those who aren’t straight spurred on by their strong religious convictions:

“[…] Of those voting to remove sexual orientation were countries where gays are known to be or thought to be executed or summarily killed including Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Iraq.”

The final vote was seventy against removing the protection, seventy-nine for removing and seventeen abstentions… while twenty-six were absent. As my fiancé pointed out to me yesterday that means that under half a vote of one hundred and ninety-two passed this change.

You know what, it’s a good thing that the UK’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that homosexual and bisexual asylum seekers who face genuine persecution in their home countries should be thoroughly considered for being offered asylum in the UK when they apply. I hope, as a human being and an atheist, that doesn’t change.

And if there’s anything you should be feeling angry about right now, is that a handful of politicians have potentially condemned thousands upon thousands to death.


5 thoughts on “When the world makes you sick

  1. Gah I hate religion so much, one the one hand so many lives would’ve been saved without it, on the other I’m sure many people would probably have no moral code to live by and so may commit crimes more frequently. I heard a statistic in R.E today and I think they said that something like 84% of the world is religious, in my eyes that 84% of the world that is wrong.

    • I believe that we would have morals without religion as a lot of it’s common sense from a survival perspective.

      As to 84% of the world being religious: that is scary.

  2. That Daniel Dennett quote definitely sums up the situation nicely. And yes, it’s definitely appalling that this has happened, almost makes me wonder if humanity has any hope of surviving the years to come with such misguided hatred being allowed to be the point decisions are made on.

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