by Laura Stuart
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
The issue of Gay Marriage is to be put to a free vote in the House of Commons, but not before Peers and M.P.s are to be forced to express their views openly on the topic in public. The following are extracts from an article in the Jewish Chronicle this week
A gay rights campaign, in which a Jewish journalist is prominent, is to force each member of the House of Lords, including the Chief Rabbi, to record their position on gay marriage.
The “Out4marriage” campaign will ask every MP and peer to record a video, send a tweet or add their name to a list of those who back equal marriage. Those who do not respond or issue no comment will be added to a public list of those who do not support the move.
So here, Out4marriage is acting as judge and jury by finding those who wish to remain silent on this very controversial issue as being not supportive of Gay Marriage and presumably they will be labelled as homophobic. So in George Bush’s terms “you are either with us or against us”.
Gilad Atzmon recently wrote a very important paper called “Post Colonial Theory Whiteness and Palestine“, the paper touches on the link between Queer theory and Jewish National Aspiration. With similar tact may I suggest to “The Lobbies” two additional questions that some may want to have answered in the same public way.
1/ Do you believe that the State of Israel has a right to exist – please make a video expressing this in clear terms, failure to do so could lead to a public “outing” as a Anti Semite.
2/ Do you believe that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust – please make a video expressing this in clear terms, failure to do so could lead to a public “outing” as a Holocaust denier.
But I digress so back to the subject of Gay Marriage.
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Rabbi Sacks is to be forced to state his opinion on Gay Marriage along with all the other Peers and M.P.s and those who do not record a video will be ruled as being against it.
This word force seems to crop up frequently when dealing with matters of interest to many Jews, but are Jewish and Gay lobbying groups really so powerful that they can force the Peers and M.P.s to do their bidding?
Well, it seems yes they are that powerful as Jack Straw has already recorded his pro Gay Marriage video here below
I have an issue with some of what he says – firstly homosexuality has long since been made legal in the U.K. so there is no issue of having to hide it, or if there is, it is a personal issue and not a legal one and secondly marriage in the religious sense has always been for the purpose of procreation, so gay marriage is not equal with heterosexual marriage and never can be.
Backing the campaign to the hilt is local Finchley and Golders Green” M.P. Mike Freer. This week Mike Freer had a twitter exchange about Hendon M.P. Matthew Offord stating that Matthew Offord is misguided in his views on Gay Marriage. Indeed Matthew Offord who does not agree with Gay Marriage has written an excellent reply to one of his constituents explaining why he doesn’t which you can read in full here, below is a very relevant extract from the letter about how Gay Marriage will be taught to young children
In regard to education, Section 403 of the Education Act 1996 places a legal requirement on schools to teach children about “the importance of marriage”. If marriage is redefined, schools will have no choice but to give children equivalent teaching on same sex marriage, even those children of a very young age, including those at primary school. So what will happen to parents who because of religious, or philosophical beliefs take their children out of lessons? It is simply inconceivable in today’s world where political correctness runs a mock in our institutions, that there would not be profound consequences for those who hold traditional views. Parents who object will be treated as bigots and outcasts, possibly excluded from being on the PTA, or from being a governor. Discriminated against and persecuted because they hold views that have been enshrined in our laws and have been the cornerstone of our society for two thousand years. And what of the teachers who object to teaching about same sex marriage. Will they face disciplinary action? How will it affect their careers? Will same sex marriage be covered under such subjects as citizenship forming part of the main curriculum taught to our children and tested through examination? These are just some of the questions that the Government has so far failed to answer.
So to conclude are, we going to be allowed to oppose Gay Marriage without being branded as bigots? How can religious leaders like Rabbi Sacks or indeed Muslim leaders respond to this campaign of bullying? Is the fallout from not supporting the Gay Marriage going to be detrimental to those whose religious or personal views do not conform to THE LOBBY.