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September 05, 2005

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence is New Orleans' annual gay pride festival and it attracts the usual parade of opprobrium from those folks who have somehow confused Christ's message for one of hate (see here, here and here). But it turns out not even Katrina, let alone some twisted souls, could stop the parade. I can think of few people I would be more proud to march with.

I cannot tell you how many people have told me that because they are not gay that somehow they have nothing to lose when gay people are treated with indifference or disdain. They are wrong. Read Bill Whittle for more about your real tribe and decide for yourself whose side you are on. It has nothing to do with with the colour of your skin, the people you fancy or even your ice cream flavour preference. It has everything to do with the difference between surviving the storm, dusting yourself off and getting on with it or watching the storm from a distance and cackling at how the sinful dead deserved their fate.

Update: Or here (via Instapundit). Something the Satanists calling themselves Christians haven't noticed: God's wrath spared the French Quarter and all the gay men in it. Of course, that probably had more to do with elevation than divine inspiration but try pointing out, like, facts to some people is a wasted effort.

"He shall show that He is loving to every man, and hateth nothing that He hath made."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 5, 2005 08:55 AM

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"I cannot tell you how many people have told me that because they are not gay that somehow they have nothing to lose when gay people are treated with indifference or disdain. They are wrong."

The problem with having nothing to lose is that you really do have *nothing*. No hope. No conscience. No soul.

Posted by: Sean M. [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 03:13 AM

The baffling thing to me about their position is that they are almost invariably people who reject an argument in the form of: "Saddam Hussein was only killing 'his own people' so it isn't our problem".

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2005 08:34 AM

I followed the Bill Whittle "tribe" link, and what i read there has been anguishing my heart for days now. I can't shake it. I can't shake all of the enthusiastic comments that followed.

It was an effectively written piece, as all of the cheering afterwards testified.

It was also a brutally misguided piece, which while generously claiming not to be about race, or class, goes on to mercilessly propound upon exactly the same us-versus-them divisive tone of the racial/class prejudice it claims to be transcending.

Today I came across a link to some flickr photos from the Dome which is held up as an example of what happens with the "them" tribe in Whittle's rant. And I found at least a little healing in the images... of the children, making the best of what they find themselves in as children do.

But still, Flea, the Whittle rant ... troubles me deeply for some reason. The horrific sweeping generalisations. The self aggrandising idealism, with seemingly no depth of understanding of either cultural realities, group dynamics, extenuating circumstances, or acknowledgement of individualistic and existential struggle. Yes, I'm sure most of these would be just dismissed as "excuses". Whittle sounds like a fine and courageous man. But I don't respect his tone or perspective as I read it. He has lashed out emotionally, in a subtly wrong direction... and taken a lot of people with him. It hurt, Flea, that you linked this.

Posted by: x [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 12:18 AM

Hi "x",

It "hurt" that I linked something? In Whittle's terminology, that is as "pink" a statement as it is possible to make. You disagreed with what you interpret to be a divisive aspect of his argument and I would tend to agree there are going to be fans of the piece who enjoy it precisely as a club with which to whack political opponents. Most of them will be missing his point. My reason for linking it was largely down to his fifty-year, hundred-year, thousand-year variety observation and a shared irritation with those who think someone "making them" "feel bad" is more important than someone "knowing how to fix a levee". This is the difference between the kind of magical thinking the Dominionists have as their default stupid and the bravery and elan it takes to carry on with life after the disaster no matter the storm, the looters or the witch-burning fundies.

So, if my linking to another writer who you believe has written something "subtly" misdirected somehow "hurts" you I shudder to think what you would make of my communication skills when I have been cut off by a cab. Your ears would bleed.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 07:48 AM

And ps "x",

If you want to post another comment you are going to have to register an account with a name and an email. Anonymous whining really "gets on my tits".

Yours,

The Editor

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 07:53 AM

"And I found at least a little healing in the images... of the children, making the best of what they find themselves in as children do."

Ok, now I get it. This is you, Ardolino! Isn't it? Always taking the mick.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 08:01 AM