Hate in response to hate: dangerous and dumb

No hate

I’ve seen on social media some unthinking and hate-fuelled responses to the news that Shamima Begum wants to return to the UK. We don’t live in a country where kids who do stupid, dangerous and offensive things are later strung up as adults. Children do commit acts of murder and rape but efforts are made … Read moreHate in response to hate: dangerous and dumb

Guardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day

Trans rights are human rights

In Hadley Freeman’s column for The Guardian today, which is International Trans Visibility Day, she presents men (‘woke bros’, apparently, when we support trans rights) as showing their male privilege when they condemn TERFs – trans-exclusionary radical feminists – as bigots. The opinion piece is an incendiary provocation given not only its content but the … Read moreGuardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day

After Orlando: time for zero tolerance of hate

Blood bans, mockery, ostracisation, bullying, stabbings, murders, alienation, dehumanisation. A boy turned scarecrow, strung up on a barbed wire fence, his funeral picketed: GOD HATES FAGS. Jesus, Jesus, hallelujah! Declarations of war in bathrooms: “Trans! Trans! Lock up your kids!” Christians refusing to do their jobs when they’re asked to certificate same-sex marriages. God destroyed … Read moreAfter Orlando: time for zero tolerance of hate

No war was ever concluded by a bomb or bullet

My father did not fight against Hitler in WW2 and win medals for bravery so that British white people in 2015 could tap away at keyboards calling for all Muslims and, indeed, all people of non-white skin and foreigners to be forced into concentration camps, killed or deported (to where, they don’t say – their … Read moreNo war was ever concluded by a bomb or bullet

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