What was the precipitating incident that got me so against these two words? I'm glad you asked. This week's Economist (I am an avid reader of the magazine and recommend it) has an article (p 62) on how gay rights are faring in poor countries and I read this...
Bishop Joshua Banda, chairman of Zambia's National AIDS Council, said that donor countries' efforts to speak out against violations of gay rights were against Zambia's "traditional values".It seems many politicians in Africa have been playing the "gay card" to get re-elected. Nice.
What's worse is that we have it here in this country. Gay marriage is said to be an assault on "traditional values". Let me tell you my friends, I live in Massachusetts and we have had gay marriage for a few years. I've been married (to a woman) for quite a while. At no point has my door been kicked in by two gay men stating, "Hi! We're Bill and Al. We're married and here to destroy your traditional marriage." Honest, I'm not lying.
I don't use the term traditional values in everyday conversation, so it isn't enough for me simply not to say it. I have come up with several ways of responding to the word when it crosses my path.
- Carry an air horn and let out a blast. This should be able to convey my displeasure.
- Carry a sign that I can hold up stating, "Only jack-asses use the term traditional values (unless they are speaking out against them)."
- I'm going to use The Stupid Stick. I've got one and I'm not afraid to use it.
I'm only one man with one Stupid Stick, but that's all I need...
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