Monday, May 2, 2005

It's ok to discriminate against gays in Indianapolis

Last week the city-council of the 13th largest city in America chose not to protect gays in the workplace and in the housing market. There have been measures to protect homosexuals in the workplace in 152 other cities in the United States including fellow Hoosier cities Bloomington and Lafayette.

The measure was killed by an 18-11 vote even though the Democrats hold a 15-14 majority on the council. One brave Republican voted "yes" and five Democrats voted against the measure. Four of the five Democrats who voted against the proposal were African-American. One of the councilman, Patrice Abdullah, was quoted as saying, "I don't think that I should be forced to compromise my integrity and my beliefs as to what God put here for us to obey and to accept." Do these black council members realize that the Ku Klux Klan once quoted the Bible to justify slavery? I doubt that we've come so far in society that they have forgotten what it is like to be discriminated against.

The Indianapolis Star ran an article on Sunday which attributed the success to an email barrage by conservative groups. Advance America, a fundamentalist Christian group had members send 12,000 emails to council members. As many as four or five Councillors may have been persuaded by this tactic even though polls suggested that the public supported the measure.

Many gays do not feel welcome here and will leave to the multitude of cities that will embrace them with open arms. The rest of us straight and gay will stay in a stagnant Indianapolis that is held hostage by fundamentalist bigots.

This reminds me of the Indianapolis that Dan Wakefield wrote about. Wakefield was an Indianapolis author who fled Indianapolis in the 1950s because he could not deal with a city whose morals were dictated by the John Birch Society. He detailed his displeasure and he detailed in his autobiographical novel Going all the way. Kurt Vonnegut left too for the same reason.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose


Blogger Gary Hallman said...

Have you ever considered moving to Canada? Its a pretty nice place, everyone is welcome. I find it hard to realize that America, a place which prides itself on have consititutionalized seperation of church and state have such a big problem with homosexuality. Its frustrating for Canadians to hear about all of these religious politics as a lot of American politics spill over and influence the religous right over here. I'm just happy that there seems to be one person who doesn't fit the bible-belt sterotype.

May 03, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Hell yeah, I have. I really like Toronto. I even filled out a questionnaire after the election. I think Canada would take me, but those winters!
I have both a US and a UK passport and I could probably go live there, but once again it's hard. I have a house and a wife. We are both licensed professionals. We don't really want to start all over again.
Plus, there is some good in America. I don't want to abandon it and leave all of the good aspects to those bastards that I detest.
I don't understand it though. Americans and Canadians lead pretty similar lives. We share a common culture, a lot of the same media, the same background, etc. How is it that Canadians are so much more tolerant? Less jingoistic, more concerned for the collective good of society. I don't know, but it amazes me.

May 03, 2005  
Blogger Ms. Cuckoo said...

" I have a house and a wife. We are both licensed professionals. We don't really want to start all over again."

Your position is completely understandable and even acceptable from some points.
But that is also the position which creates social groups, their stagnancy in small districts and communities, entire cities, countries and continents. That's where selfish position of "house and wife" of millions of inhabitants leads after all. In global lines you see how different worlds are Europe, both of Americas, Asia etc. And after all what would it be like without new blood and those mobile world inhabitants (aka immigrants) - your antagonists - who dare to change their surrounding and comfortably routine social society for something unknown and not necessarily better. These are ones who create social diversity, these are also the biggest hope for stagnant blocked societies of US, Canada and Western Europe. Mostly those are new EU countries and South America (Asia in its turn tends to create another blocked community which will show its negative sides in few hundreds of years) - and it's not like they are only cheap labour doing black jobs and looking for better life (which immigration department still tends to think) - not anymore! Probably Canada is more opened for those "dangerous immigrants" and that is their trump.

Bless them, but young Eastern Europeans already started to become Europeans in the full meaning of the term. I feel it on myself - young, capable and open-minded, but although... I am Europe, Europe is me, I know it, I love it with all its faults and it's my home. I have a house here afrter all. My education here is acceptable, I am respectable and wanted here, so, I'd rather do something to keep the best things in where I live and improve my homeland that work for "the uncle". Why should I change it for completely different, strange thing which smells fishy (now I mean US) and which shows me obviously at the very doorstep - YOU'RE NOT WELCOME! And I'm not lonely in my opinion. Thus, I wonder where should America get its hope. Don't want to be bigotic but I start pitying it.

I wish licensed professionals like you and your wife all the best in keeping the best in America.

May 18, 2005  

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