Sexuality And Politics (Part 1)
DOES YOUR SEXUALITY automatically determine your politics? Are gay people predestined to be ‘liberal-leftist’ in orientation whilst straight people are automatically more ‘conservative’ in outlook?
Both the ‘left’ and ‘right’ seem to think so. For instance, the ‘left’ (particularly groups like the Socialist ‘Workers’ Party) seem to believe that they have the monopoly when it comes to supporting gay rights and attracting gay support. On the other hand, many on the ‘right’ would automatically reject – without a moments thought – anything said by, or relating to, gays. Indeed, as we have seen, some folks in groups like the United Kingdom Independence Party have – in the past – blamed storms and heavy floods that have raged across Britain on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage!
In this highly personal article, South Derbyshire-based Liam Clarke argues that both ‘left’ and ‘right’ have got it wrong. Indeed, he effectively argues for a ‘Third Way’ beyond their positions and claims that it is possible to be both gay and patriotic. This is the first of a two part article.
(Please note that the use of the phrase ‘Third Way’ in this introduction does not imply any official link with any organisation or group of a similar name, In the context of this article, and as stated above, it is used to convey the idea of a political position that is neither ‘left’ nor ‘right’ – indeed a political position that goes way beyond ‘left’ and ‘right’ as they are traditionally understood).
I HAVE WARNED people many times about the dangers of extremism. Not just from a moral standpoint, but also from the point of safety. We know both extreme ‘left’ and ‘right’ have caused destruction, fear and death. But now the ‘right’ have made it personal – for there are ramblings from the ‘right’ that you cannot be patriotic and gay. I’m sure the intelligent among you can grasp the absolute stupidity of this statement. But what is needed, I think, is a greater look into the folly of this idea.
At this point, it’s important to note that the relationship between Alexander and Hephaestion is put alongside that of Achillies and Patroclus (1 – 2) as well as bearing remarkable similarities to the love of David and Jonathan (3 – 4). Here, the former was said to love the latter “more than a woman”.
Date: February 5, 2017