Thursday 23 November 2017

Extreme intolerance is spreading across the globe

Increasingly, bigots and hate mongers are moving into the mainstream, writes Carol Hunt

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Song of 2013 must go to Irish singer-songwriter Hozier. His powerful debut video Take Me to Church follows the relationship between two gay men and the obscene violence which erupts when it is discovered. It's a vomit-inducing commentary on the atrocities being committed in Russia and elsewhere against gay people, evoking medieval pogroms, Nazi intolerance and state- sponsored hatred.

Last June Russia passed a totalitarian law that bans words or actions considered remotely positive about lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people. So, we'll have to keep our fingers crossed for tennis legend Billie Jean King and US ice hockey star Caitlin Cahow. Barack Obama is making a "statement" by sending these openly gay women into the homophobic furore that surrounds Russia's hosting of the Winter Olympics next February.

The new law is all in the name of "protecting the children" and "traditional marriage" -- the usual excuses that bigots think up when they want to discriminate against people or practices they fear.

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