Thinking ahead…..

gay-choiceAs the show is being edited by kids at schools in west London, Budapest and Johannesburg today, i thought it might be useful to have a look at a couple of things we might talk about tomorrow.

Therapists in Britain  are still – despite no evidence that it actually works – offering “treatments” for homosexuality.

You can read the report here.   I was struck by callers to Victoria Derbyshire’s programme on 5 Live today, talking about how they’d been “sent for treatment” at varying ages – and in all cases , it ” failed”.

Here’s what readers of Pink News made of it.

God isn’t going to save us from our environmental damage, says the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and unbiblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin”

Is this how you see your God, if you have one ?

Here’s a joke for you :

Q: “What do you call a Pakistani cloakroom attendant ?”david-jason

A: “Mahatma Coat”

It was told by David Jason, a hugely popular actor in this country, on an irreverent radio programme on Absolute Radio.

It has apparently caused offence , apologies have been made and the 69 year old actor is said to be “horrified” that he’d caused offence.

Is this an example of – dare i use the hackneyed phrase – political correctness gone too far ? Unfunny maybe, old definitely ,but racist or offensive ?

Another respected British figure is the Sky News political correspondent Adam Boulton. In this article in the Times (another British paper, i know), he argues that U.S voters are involved in a debate with their President, while the British electorate must “sullenly await what their political masters throw at them”.

Does he have a point ?

10 Responses to “Thinking ahead…..”

  1. 1 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 26, 2009 at 15:15

    Homosexuality exists in all human cultures, and many animals have homosexual play as well.

    There is no objective evidence that homosexuality in and of itself causes any harm to homosexuals or to society at large. The harm comes from religious and cultural suppression of homosexual activity.

    In our interconnected, globalized world that has many competing and contradictory religious, democratic and other values, the only fair, not to mention sane, response to an activity that people who follow one code or another can make is to follow their own code themselves, but not try to impose upon others, if those others are not harming themselves or those around them.

    Any activity that does not result in harm and is performed in private by consenting adults is no one else’s business. Full stop.

  2. 2 Rob (UK)
    March 26, 2009 at 15:20

    RE: Adam Boulton

    I moved to the US from the UK a fortnight before President Obama’s inauguration. I was shocked at how much faith the Americans I’ve met have in Obama to fix everything from the economy to Iraq, and investment in science to building new roads and bridges. It seems as though, having cast their votes, they feel as though they have ‘done their bit’.

    Conversely, I feel that in the UK people are much more likely to question their politicians’ behaviour in office. It seems more likely that a British person could simultaneously think that a politician is the best person for the job AND deserving of criticism.

  3. 3 Luci Smith
    March 26, 2009 at 22:10

    Yeah, let’s let Obama have a chance before peopel race in with the criticism. Like about 5 years from now!

    As to homosexuality. One of my best friends is gay and I would not have him any other way. I feel that the best thing for everyone is to be able to be open about one’s sexual orientation. Closet is so last year’s and societies have to learn to accept that people are what they are.

  4. 4 Dennis Junior
    March 27, 2009 at 02:58

    Therapists in Britain are still – despite no evidence that it actually works – offering “treatments” for homosexuality.

    As to Donnamarie in Switzerland comments….(March 26, 2009 at 15:15)…I am in complete support of her point of view…

    I think that in reality, there is no “treatments” for homosexuality…..

    ~Dennis Junior~

  5. 5 Jack Hughes
    March 27, 2009 at 08:15

    Time for Rowan to shut up and go to the barbers.

    I’ve checked in several versions of the Bible and Jesus makes no mention of carbon footprints, global yawning, Kyoto, offsetting, yadda yadda.

    Rowan needs to put down his copy of the Guardian newspaper and start spreading the message of God’s love. In these difficult times the nation is looking for strong Christian leadership – he needs to step up to the plate.

    I pray for him and for the Church of England.

  6. 6 James Loudermilk
    March 27, 2009 at 09:57

    Why don’t people want to investigate the possibility the homosexuality is a mental, physical or chemical disorder that could be treated?
    Why isn’t there reasearch into this?

  7. 7 Steve
    March 27, 2009 at 14:03

    While I doubt in most cases homosexuality is a choice, to think that it’s not a disorder, or is somehow different from the norm is dishonest. Pedophelia is also “natural” as the people don’t choose to be attracted to children, yet we think there is something wrong with them and we try to treat them or prevent them from harming. Not trying to equate homosexuality with pedophelia, as homosexuals are consenting adults, but pedophiles don’t choose to be pedophiles.

  8. 8 salmina azmi
    March 27, 2009 at 18:52

    being a homosexual might not impose any harm on others but when the question arises regarding it being a similar practice to “pedophiles”, i object to it. A pedophile is a grown up man, who has his own sense of judgment and when he is attracted to a child, he just cannot give the excuse that he/she is attracted to the child “naturally”. Homosexuality is still now a mystery to me but pedophiles are sick, mentally and physically.

  9. March 28, 2009 at 09:32

    I still find it had to believe that people have an issue with homosexuality, especialy when mature people are involved. And @ steve thats not fair

  10. 10 Dennis Junior
    March 31, 2009 at 04:07

    ==God isn’t going to save us from our environmental damage, says the Archbishop of Canterbury.==

    i have to agreed with the archbishop point of view on this story….

    ~Dennis Junior~

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