I understand America is to be hated, despised, and condemned at all times and at all costs. I’ve been beaten into submission. Why, we don’t allow gay people to marry (well, actually, we do here in Massachustts).
Even President Obama can’t decide.
President Obama still has not reached a conclusion on whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry, despite months – or years – of supposedly thinking about the issue.
Attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships.
That was 15 months ago. Which either makes Obama the most indecisive person on the face of the earth, or a man who is frightened that admitting he supports gay marriage WILL HARM HIS REELECTION CHANCES.
In 1996, Obama offered unequivocal support for gay marriage, only to reverse his opinion afterward.
But enough about Obama’s closed mind.
Maybe it’s a cultural thing:
Lesbian South Africans are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat in the townships they call home.
Noxolo Nkosana, 23, is the latest victim of a series of violent attacks against lesbians.
She was stabbed a stone’s throw from her home in Crossroads township, Cape Town, as she returned from work one evening with her girlfriend.
The two men – one of whom lives in her community – started yelling insults.
“They were walking behind us. They just started swearing at me screaming: ‘Hey you lesbian, you tomboy, we’ll show you,’” Ms Nkosana tells the BBC.
Before she knew it a sharp knife had entered her back – two fast jabs, then she was on the ground. Half conscious, she felt the knife sink into her skin twice more.
“I was sure that they were going to kill me,” she says.
She lived, and she was spared one indignity:
In April, Noxolo Nogwaza was raped by eight men and murdered in KwaThema township near Johannesburg.
The 24-year-old’s face and head were disfigured by stoning, and she was stabbed several times with broken glass.
The attack on her is thought to have begun as a case of what is known as “corrective rape”, in which men rape lesbians in what they see as an attempt to “correct” their sexual orientation.
The practice appears to be on the increase in South Africa.
More than 10 lesbians per week are raped or gang-raped in Cape Town alone, according to Luleki Sizwe, a charity which helps women who have been raped in the Western Cape.
Many of the cases are not reported because the victims are afraid that the police will laugh at them, or that their attackers will come after them, says Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe.
“The cases people read about in the media are not even the tip of the iceberg. Lesbians are under attack in South Africa’s townships every day.”
Reports of police ridiculing rape victims abound in the gay community.
“Some policemen in the township mock you saying: ‘How can you be raped by a man if you are not attracted to them?’ They ask you to explain how the rape felt. It is humiliating,” says Thando Sibiya, a lesbian from Soweto.
Where do people get such notions?
South Africa’s Human Rights Commission is investigating reports that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini called gay people “rotten” during a speech.
The rights group says it has obtained transcripts of the speech to look into the matter.
King Goodwill Zwelithini allegedly made the anti-gay remarks in rural eastern South Africa during a ceremony at the weekend to mark the Battle of Isandlwana – a famous 19th Century Zulu victory over British troops.
“Traditionally, there were no people who engaged in same-sex relationships,” The Times quoted the king as saying.
“There was nothing like that and if you do it, you must know that you are rotten,” King Goodwill said, according to the newspaper, adding: “I don’t care how you feel about it … same sex is not acceptable.”
But the king’s office says the newspaper reports were badly translated and the king’s meaning misconstrued.
“At no stage did His Majesty condemn gay relations or same relations,” spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu told the Sapa news agency.
King Goodwill should have studied at Harvard. He would have learned that it’s Jews who are “rotten”, not gays.