Freedom of conscience 1

There are no gay unionists!!! It really is a curious thought , isn’t  it ? The idea that within the entire unionist voting community there are no homosexual people anywhere. None! Nada!They just don’t seem to exist. Well.. if they exist….Where are they? Maybe it goes against the grain for a homosexual person to even think of voting for one of those parties . You can see why , if that  actually is the case.As a gay person , you’d really have to do some mental gymnastics to square that particular circle and join “Team Unionism”.Certainly , neither the DUP  nor the TUV seem to recognise any of them existing….or if they do ,they probably feel they can be “fixed” in some way , either by hypnosis or by some pill.  They are  certainly not about canvassing their votes and actively chase those votes away. They don’t , apparently,want their vote . You’d imagine that any party would try to encourage as many votes as possible…not so. It is possible that many gays are huddled in some darkened  corner of the Official Unionist Party but I really don’t know.

I have no real idea what percentage of voters out there are gay , but there have got to be many.i know several within my own  extended family and neighbourhood and I don’t really give it much thought…well not until now . They just get on with their ordinary lives ….but ….Gay people will never enter the hallowed doors of either of those aforementioned  parties.  There’s not much to encourage them , after all. Of course , who would ever want to , given those parties  previous track records in relation to all things gay. Those parties have certainly not laid down any welcome mats for gays or lesbians …or even free-thinkers .It is a curiosity because any one of us ,and possibly even yourself , dear reader, can cast a glance throughout your own extended families , friends or colleagues  and see that a percentage of them are gay. They haven’t got two heads  or have striped skin so it’s hard to count them but they’ve always been there  .It was always like this throughout time and history. It’s nothing new. Of course there is a long track record of disparaging or  discriminating against gay people by these parties . There was the “Save  Ulster From Sodomy” campaign, in the past where  they imagined themselves in the bedrooms of the land and attempted to legislate what goes on behind  the every closed  door of every house-holder. That is a curious , prurient thing to do , really .It’s like worrying whether or not your neighbour plays with train sets in the attic. Why would you even care? you’ll probably never see that Hornby or Tri-ang set anyway.

The outworkings of this is the DUP’s” Freedom of Conscience  Bill “which they are promoting.. It is really a bill to discriminate , of course .It is still more of the same old Bible -invoked  slant on a right-wing  form of  Christianity which still can’t quite shuck off it’s Old Testament  revenge-leanings.  It also manifests itself  in the recent DUP’s slight on the Muslim community and also the mad anti-paganism and fear of folklorish, demonic  devilry that we hear of regularly…most recently along the Antrim coast.”Paranoid” doesn’t begin to describe  any of it . It is the kind of madness that has  always stirred -up low-level racism across Norneverland. Should a religiou/politicals belief be allowed to dictate laws if that religion/politics practices discrimination or is inherently of racist bias?. That is the big unasked question at the core of all of  this. Nobody asks it  as they squabble over private sexual practices they’ll never see…but  it’s why the Jews eventually ended up in the ovens of Nazism.

Would it matter if  Jesus Christ was gay or not, for example  ? Does it really matter? He may have been, for all we know.We only know of legends written down years after his existence anyway; a few scraps of stories of a man’s life . As John Prine sang…”Jesus ..the missing Years”. What did he do in his twenties when every young man is out flying his kite? Did he have girlfriends or boyfriends? Nobody actually knows. This person had greater worries in his early thirties .This was a man who believed he was a “god” of sorts…or at least thought that he was a representative of a god and  that his point of view was worth sacrificing himself for. When someone today has those kinds of thoughts , we frown and worry about them and think that they  are guilty of self-harming. When suicide bombers blow themselves up for their beliefs, we shake our heads in disbelief . We live in very different times with much more information at hand. We  also now  know something about delusion of course.

At least, some of us do….but there are many in Norneverland who do not.


  1. Freddy Mallins February 6, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    Good points, Harry. I heard Jim Allister on the Nolan show this morning referring to the Equality Commission as malevolent! That takes some nerve. The unionist people need to stand up and be counted on this issue. As I understand it, all unionist parties have voted in favour of the cherry pick clause. That should be an affront to those unionists ( gay or not ) who feel insulted by the anti-gay bigotry-bandwagon. It has been trundling along serenely without any intervention by the good, moderate unionist people who are surely out there…aren’t they? Please tell me they’re out there.

    • paddykool February 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

      Well look what happened in Germany Freddy…everyone looked away….

  2. pretzellogic February 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Haven’t you heard of Julie-Anne Corr Johnstone, a Unionist councillor in North Belfast? Besides her community based councillor work Julie-Anne is a strong advocate for equal marriage – in fact she got married herself.

    • paddykool February 6, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

      Tell me more pretz….we need to hear this stuff…

      • pretzellogic February 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

        I agree with you pk but it is such common knowledge I was surprised you hadn’t discovered it yourself. Anyway I thought I heard on Newsline last night that the Pope had weighed in with the DUP on the unconscious clause.

        • paddykool February 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

          None of this surprises me pretz..

          • paddykool February 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

            ..It’s like saying that something like “the Voice” is common knowledge…it is only to those who actually watch it on television….there are many who don’t….

          • pretzellogic February 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

            Julie-Anne was on The View midweek discussing the Conscience Clause.

  3. ANOTHER JUDE February 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    There were very few homosexuals back in the seventies, even Freddie Mercury and Elton John were normal guys who loved girls. Something changed, all of a sudden respectable married men (like Elton, married to a German lady) began to indulge in hideous horrible acts, the infliction spread around the world, why even the totally masculine hunk of humanity Rock (Rock!!) Hudson fell victim to the contagion. Of course there had always been dodgy people, Liberace for example, I mean, no good could ever come from wearing those shiny suits, it`s a wonder Elvis didn`t fall victim to it, the very few who did indulge began to experience various medical problems including incontinence, hence their propensity for being arrested in public toilets all the time. That should have served as a warning, thank God the DUPs have never fallen victim, eh mister Berry?

    • paddykool February 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      You have to be very careful with written irony or satire AJ…Sometimes our more innocent readers can’t imagine the glitter in your eyes and the smile on your lips !!

      • pretzellogic February 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

        Of course satire has to be well written to be effective but in this case it’s careless rubbish with an eh Mister Berry thrown on the end. The fact that you stepped in to clarify just proves the point. BTW have you discovered Julie-Anne Corr Johnstone yet?

        • paddykool February 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

          Yes , I checked her out pretz .Good looking lady.I hope she has a happy marriage .The PUP must be a little different to the DUP or the TUV in their attitude to homosexuals then, eh?

          • pretzellogic February 9, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

            I would have a thought quite a lot of difference between them but as you’re the authority on the subject I’ll concede to you. I’ve no doubt Julie-Anne will be warmed by your compliments and best wishes.

      • ANOTHER JUDE February 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

        Having just witnessed that DUP man on The View I understand only too well the absence of irony in this part of the island.

  4. pretzellogic February 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    How many bites at the Paul Berry cherry do you want or need?

    • ANOTHER JUDE February 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      I don`t really want ANY bites at the Berry cherry. The little hypocrite was a rising star and now he`s a nobody, thank God.

      • pretzellogic February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

        Well, AJ, he must be some sort of a somebody for if you google Mr Berry and another Jude you’ll get plenty of bites.