Minima was a bit upset today and told me, after I asked the reason, that another child had called her a "retard" at school. I sighed - some of us parents been expecting something like this to start.
The story is that an outcry has forced the British Association for Adoption and Fostering to remove a homosexist phrase from its latest book, The Pink Guide to Adoption for Lesbians and Gay Men:
"Children need good parents much more than retarded homophobes need an excuse to whinge, so don't let your worries about society's reaction hinder your desire and ability to give a child a loving caring home."To give you an idea of the pressure that children who want nothing more than education come under from politically-correct bullies, Minora was once excoriated by a supply teacher for calling a failing pen "gay" (semantic drift having carried the meaning of the word to "uncooperative") because, said the stand-in, chances were that a quarter of the pre-teens in the class were gay.
As Miss California Carrie Prejean found out, even to give an intelligent and thought-out response to a question concerning the rights of powerful interests can result in a prolonged period of bullying. Columnist and commentator Ann Coulter describes how Hedda Hopper wannabe Perez Hilton ordered the dogs on the beauty queen when she declined to give an unconditional endorsement of homosexual marriage in favour of a nuanced appreciation of homosexual and heterosexual union ending with her faith-based preference for the latter.
In Great Britain, we are seeing powerful interests defied as rarely before, with the MPs' expenses scandal compounded by the refusal of Michael Martin, Speaker of the House of Commons, to resign as the degree of his complicity in trying to keep expense abuse hidden is unmasked by the daily and Sunday Telegraph magazines.
This started in January 2005 when, three months after the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act (FoI), journalists Ben Leapman, Heather Brooke and Michael Thomas applied to see a number of MPs' expenses. Through a long process which was fiercely fought by MPs of all major parties and whose attritions are undoubtedly yet to be recounted, Parliament fought and over-ruled not just the journalists but the courts and tribunals finding in their favour. Although an Information Tribunal ruled that some documents were not to be passed to the public, Leapman was passed unedited bills, and the Telegraph newspapers have been publishing details pertaining to MPs of many parties for over a week now, in a devastating campaign which may yet change British politics to a previously unimaginable extent within three months. (It should be noted that the Telegraph is also publishing details of "saints".)
Just as the silent majority of British people are now expressing their anger, so MPs are unburdening themselves in regard of the Speaker, who has been accused by his former senior advisor John Stonborough of jealously guarding control over information in a "reign of terror". Labour MP David Winnick informed this most party-political of Speakers that "your early retirement sir, would help the reputation of the House", while Conservative Sir Patrick Cormack MP has referred to the 1940 Norway Debate, when, referring to the failure of Neville Chamberlain's Norway Campaign and the necessity for fresh hands at the rudder, Leo Amery quoted Oliver Cromwell's address to the Long Parliament when disbanding it in 1648: "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go." Conservative leader David Cameron has called for a general election. Rightly so: corrupt MPs have ridden roughshot over their decent, hard-working peers under the protection of chief bully Martin until Parliament itself is one big rotten borough.
And Miss Prejean? Donald Trump, Miss Universe mogul, supported her in a press conference, noting that her reply to Perez Hilton's question was almost identical to one given by Barack Obama shortly before his election, and gave her the opportunity to protest against the "hateful attacks, despicable rumours and false allegations" visited upon her by Hilton's minions. Trump is a businessman and recognises the bullying of Prejean as a distraction aimed at furthering the aggressive agenda of politically-correct ideologues.
I asked Minora how she reacted when called a "retard". When she replied she hit the girl, I patted her on the head - I have a relative with special needs and am tired of terms relating to people with learning difficulties being used as insults. And at the end of the day, the only sanction bullies recognise is retribution.
UPDATE: Michael Martin has announced his resignation on Sunday June 21,, so that a new Speaker can be elected on Monday June 22. Gordon Brown is said to have played a part in the reluctant decision. Coming from a working-class background in the East End of Glasgow, I'm glad he's gone to reinforce stereotypes about the city in pastures new and hopefully far away from anywhere. Keep an eye out for repercussions...
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