This Is Why We Fight The Hate

Alan Turing

Alan was a 40 year old with a bright future. His career was going well, and he had recently started dating a nice guy named Arnold. One night, though, he came home to find his apartment had been burglarized. He reported the crime to the police. And when they learned that he was in a relationship with a man, they arrested him for the crime of being gay. His career was ruined. To avoid jail, he was forced to undergo chemical castration. Shortly after this, at the age of 41, Alan committed suicide.

That was 60 years ago. Alan was Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the Nazi’s Enigma Code. One of the great heroes of WW2, he is credited with saving countless Allied lives – and very likely saving Britain from a German-speaking future. You’ve already read how quickly England forgot this man’s contributions. Click on the link, below, to read Katie Halper’s excellent piece on this shameful chapter of history.

Yesterday, the Queen of England issued a royal pardon to Alan Turing, erasing the 1952 conviction… that erased the remainder of his life. There are some things that, once taken, cannot be restored. Not even by royal proclamation.

More than 50,000 others were prosecuted by Britain for the same “crime”, their lives left in ruins. And for what? To satisfy the moronic mob mentality that gay is sick, evil and therefore must be criminal.

Sixty years later, and we’ve come so far from those dark days. We dance at the weddings of our gay friends and relatives, and they check the “spouse” box on government forms. The U.K. and much of Western Europe recognize same-sex marriage. America’s states fall like dominos: 18 of 50 now recognize marriage equality (2 more than last week), along with the federal government.

But the same old hatred lingers in the shadows of ignorance and bigotry. As our communities evolve into a more egalitarian and humane society, the haters come out of the shadows and become ever more shrill. The election of a black president brought the most virulent strains of American racism out from under the rug where that had merely been swept, never eradicated. And now, too, the folks who hate “the gays” grow more vocal and visible as they lose every battle on the way to losing the war.

Here come the pseudo-pious douchebags of the American christianist right: from the pulpits to the pols to pathological “God Hates Signs” turds… and these strange duck people who have now crawled out of the swamp. They peddle their noxious, fraudulent “ex gay” persecution of gay kids. As Russia’s economy slumps in the 15th year of Herr Putin’s reign, he turns to the old standby of gay bashing to put a little air under his right wing (and the world rewards him with the Olympics). The murderous anti-gay cabal running Uganda is funded and fanned by the Who-Would-Jesus-Kill wing of the Republican Party. Not to be outdone by the christianists, the Islamic nations keep their people in 14th century chains… and India decides to resuscitate an anti-gay law left behind by its British overlords in the 1840s.

noh8Had Alan Turing lived, he would be 101 years old today. If he could experience the world we live in now, he would likely blink in disbelief at the progress toward racial and sexual equality we have fought so hard to achieve. But he would also be sadly, terribly familiar with the fear and loathing that still exists for sexual minorities, women and people of color.

As hard as it is to take, I prefer the hatred to be forced out into the open, on display, for all to see – because sunlight is the best disinfectant. Disney / ABC / A&E might be confused about whether hate sells… but most people are repelled by it. Especially this time of year. So lather up with the sunscreen, all you duck people, preachers and pinheads. The forecast is for supernova.

Britain posthumously pardons scientist it chemically castrated.

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5 comments

  1. Excellent article!

    I came to this post by linking through a recent one of yours and am so glad I did! (I’m still working on catching up on people I follow, including you.)

    Yes, things have changed for the better in much of the world, but dang, there’s still so far to go. It seems like there are large portions of the planet actively trying to regress in time. Not surprisingly (at least to me), it seems that wherever religion is going strong, hatred, bigotry, willful ignorance, intolerance, racism and violence, also reign supreme.

    I ran into just a tiny reflection of such an attitude in Facebook yesterday. With a stranger who made assumptions about me and my relationship to the original poster. Apparently the woman is Pagan and seemed to feel her faith gave her some kind of moral edge over me.

    Aside: My husband and I share a Facebook page, though since I don’t have one of my own and have a picture phobia, is technically under his name only. Everyone on our Friends list knows this and also knows that I sign everything I post, whereas hubby does not.

    Anyway, she got quite worked up and a bit rude when all I was trying to do was, A) Find out what was wrong with our mutual friend, the OP, and B) try to raise a little awareness with said OP. You see, the OP had included a captioned pic her post that was imflammatory and stank of offensive propaganda, using as it did, an unnamed toddler to promote it’s message. I’d normally, knowing the OP for 26 years, just let it slide. But she’s posted several things in recent months that allude to her experiencing or at least witnessing, religious discrimination. As she (friend/OP) currently lives in the Canadian bible belt, that’s a bit puzzling.

    So this unkown to me, but friend to the OP woman, got furious like I was doing something wrong and even alluded to my being a closed-minded, ill-informed atheist. Guess she didn’t bother reading my husband’s profile, where it clearly states he’s a Pagan too!

    So maybe not the best case example for the point I was trying to make, but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. Which, in a nutshell, is that I completely agree with (as always, lol). The societal strides we have made are enormous, but there is still such a long way to go. My feeble attempt to raise awareness about what should not still be happening, blew up in my face, but dang it, I’ll k

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    1. That’s one of the reasons I reduced my FB friends roster, and now only sign in on Fridays. It was crazy-making! I’m glad this post resonated with you. Alan Turing deserved so much better. As do we all.

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      1. Thanks. I still don’t even know who she was. Crazy lady. And yes, Alan Turing certainly did deserve far better. If there is an after-life then I hope he’s living in it in bliss.

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