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Letter from Brussels: The More Homophobic, the More Ignorant

by De Ket in Columns & Opinions , 01 april 2016

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Discrimination and homophobia have become second nature for gay people. Statistically, it is impossible for any gay man or lesbian not ever having to deal with discrimination and homophobia. Discrimination is often subtle, but homophobia can result in physical violence.

Rather a lot of international studies have been published on the subject of the discrimination of gay and lesbian people and homophobia, all trying to explain these worrying social phenomena. Explanations are abundant; a different culture, strict religion, and so on.

All these studies and self-proclaimed experts failed to benefit the gay community. Discrimination and homophobia are only on the increase, and the scientific “excuses” pretending to explain why someone discriminates gay people or would rather beat them up, do not make the problem occur less often. On the contrary.

Proverbial, the sting of those studies is in the tail. These sociological and psychological studies try to fit a certain behavior in with how it came about and why. Much like a barrister trying to justify a murder for a client by telling the judge and jury that the offender “had a rough childhood.” The conclusions of these studies hardly ever deal with the essence of the problem, and the emphasis usually is on explaining away deviant criminal and reprehensible behavior.

If it were up to me, I would shred these studies, and particularly their excuses. Psychologists and sociologists tackling social issues with scientific research is commendable, but if it’s meant to give a population affected by discrimination and homophobia even the slightest idea that it’s not the perpetrators fault, I could do without it.

The reasons for this reprehensible behavior are abundantly clear; it always comes down to ignorance. The more homophobic, the more ignorant. Those who are not convinced should watch, for instance, the many interviews on YouTube with the American civil affairs officer Kim Davis again.

Both her own behavior (multiple marriages) and her statements about gay people are so horrible, that the only logical explanation is that she is extremely stupid.

The statements by family members of the particularly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church bear witness to an unequaled stupidity. If God truly exists, as Kim Davis and the members of the Westboro Baptist Church claim, he should have given them more brain cells to start with.

So no more scientific bullshit for me. Or how statements about social phenomena need not be so complicated, let alone that they become “excuses” for certain reprehensible behavior.

Yours sincerely,

De Ket



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