Do what you can
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 ~ 3 Comments
If you don’t have any alternatives, you can’t object.
I’m not fond of making such black and white statements but, driving to work this morning, I heard an item on the news that really annoyed me.
Apparently, immigration officials have been suggesting to gay immigrants who are being sent back to their home country, that they should keep quiet about their sexuality to avoid persecution. Not ideal, I agree, but then on came some spokesperson for some campaign group who stated it was wrong to give such advice as it wouldn’t stop the persecution.
She didn’t (or it was edited out) offer an alternative of course.
So, either the immigrants go back to their home countries, say nothing about their sexuality and avoid being brutalised, attacked, and murdered, or…. what? go back and announce how happy they are with their sexuality (which, of course, they SHOULD be able to do) and take whatever happens to them?
The latter option, I’m guessing, is somewhat easier to say than do.
Yes, it is wrong that people are still persecuted for their sexuality. It’s also wrong that wars are waged due to religion (I’m with Stevie Wonder on that one), it’s wrong that people starve to death, it’s wrong that people the rich get richer.
But that doesn’t stop the fact it happens. Yes we can, should, and do fight to improve these things the world over but most campaigners come armed with a different solution, or at the very least a reasonable compromise.