Archive for the ‘freedom of speech’ Category

Friends I’ve had a pretty unusual encounter with a theist and her minion on Twitter today, which I’d like to show you.

  1. blondygirl1
    @velvetrose15 I don’t feel sorry for vile hatred, I stand up to it! Please pray, I’m busy blocking & reporting their attackers right now!
    Thu, May 17 2012 03:08:50
  2. velvetrose15
    @blondygirl1 I don’t put up with it either, you don’t mock God!
    Thu, May 17 2012 03:27:36
  3. Lewishamdreamer
    RT @blondygirl1 You’re right, NO ONE mocks my God! <- Which one? Odin? Vishnu?
    Thu, May 17 2012 05:43:27
  4. And with that she claims to have reported me for abuse on Twitter. Quite staggering really, but she’s not the only one:
  5. tomboybynature
    all the people i hav shown u 2day r bullies on a nice community. pls block and report them. they dont deserve 2 mingle w/ nice people.
    Thu, May 17 2012 04:49:04
  6. tomboybynature
    sum1 call me a ‘brown nose’ just cus i stick up 4 my friends when they r attacked. i am nt religious, but neither vicious i will defend!
    Thu, May 17 2012 04:24:22
  7. Let me make this clear: everyone these two simply don’t like, regardless of what they’ve said (or even not said) has resulted in a block and report for abuse. I used a separate account to comment publicly on their behaviour and even that got targeted by these two. Should I vanish on Twitter for a spell be aware this is what it’s down to.

    But this, friends, is what theists and their moronic supporters do when challenged. Twitter is a public forum, and I will continue to ensure these loonjobs are held to account, not just for their extreme (and stupid) views, but for their behaviour as well.

I thought I’d share this with you directly from my Storify account, to show you just what these people do and how they do it. I’m currently blocked by both these people, and they claim both to have reported me to Twitter for ‘abuse’. If that’s abuse I’m the Spanish Inquisition. Comments welcome here and on Twitter.

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It’s Cristina Odone again:

Now the Law Society refuses to let the event take place on the society’s premises. It is “contrary to our diversity policy”, it explained in an email to the organisers, “espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage.” The heterosexual union may be the only legal form of marriage in this country, but the Law Society regards it as discriminatory.

Never mind that the World Congress of Families event was clearly presented as a “colloquium”, or discussion, rather than a platform for anti-gay marriage campaigners. Even to discuss marriage between “one man, one woman” as the basis of a good society is intolerably contentious these days. The Law Society was happy to host a debate on assisted dying — still illegal in this country — last month. But marriage? THAT incendiary subject cannot be broached in public. Soon, subversives who wish to talk about the love that dare not speak its name will be driven underground; they will have to identify themselves with a secret handshake, hold meetings in bug-proof cells and speak in code.
Andrea Williams, the organiser of the World Congress of Families event, tells me she’s looking for a new venue. I fear only a catacomb will do.

Yawn. Hyperbole instead of a basis for any rational position at all. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect from the Coalition for Marriage and its supporters in the UK. The position of the Law Society isn’t what she claims at all, but so what if it were? Would it be so bad for it to be united in support for equality before the law for everyone, not just those who demand special religious rights? But let’s also have a closer look at this ‘World Congress of Families’ to see whether her contention that it wasn’t a platform for anti-gay marriage campaigners holds water. From Pink News:

The article in the Telegraph takes a line distinctly with the organisers of the conference, and describes the Congress itself as “a US-based non-religious group which promotes traditional family values.” 

However, the Congress’s own website suggests this is not the case. It affirms that “the natural human family is established by the Creator and essential to good society.”

The website further puts homosexuality on par with incest and child abuse: “Sexuality is ordered for the procreation of children and the expression of love between husband and wife in the covenant of marriage. Marriage between a man and a woman forms the sole moral context for natural sexual union. Whether through pornography, promiscuity, incest or homosexuality, deviations from these created sexual norms cannot truly satisfy the human spirit. They lead to obsession, remorse, alienation, and disease. Child molesters harm children and no valid legal, psychological or moral justification can be offered for the odious crime of pedophilia. Culture and society should encourage standards of sexual morality that support and enhance family life.”

Gosh Cristina, it’s almost as if a gathering like this under their auspices really would be contrary to any rational group’s diversity policy. Anyone else getting equally fed up with these lies and distortions?