Archive for July, 2005

Green’s gerbils – an apology

The homosexuality-obsessed director of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, has been in touch to complain about MediaWatchWatch repeating a lie about him. The lie being that he claimed that “20% of gay men regularly had sex with live gerbils“.

MWW concedes that this is not true, and apologises for repeating the falsehood. Mr Green has provided a transcript of the relevant passage from his book, The Sexual Dead-End, London 1992, Page 89, Chapter 8: ‘Homosexual activity’, final section:

The Sexual practices of homosexuals are limited only by the imaginations of the human mind. One practice apparently gaining popularity amongst homosexuals is ‘gerbilising’ or ‘gerbil shooting’ which is the insertion of a live rodent into the anus. The recipient derives sexual pleasure from the animal trying to find its way out. Sometimes it dies before it escapes and has to be removed surgically. Roger Magnusson quotes from one book which reports that one-fifth of all homosexuals admitted to having sexual contact, or at least masturbating, with animals, and one prominent American homosexual, Charley Shively, considered bestiality to be an Act of Revolution.

As you can see, he never actually put a figure on the average frequency of gerbilisation among the homosexual population.

Mr Green was also keen to point out that he never claimed that homosexuals have up to ten partners a day.

That is not my style, and it is not true. […] it wasn’t me who suggested any figure on homosexual promiscuity. I simply quoted from homosexual authors and researchers.

Which is quite different, of course. Regarding the actual promiscuity of homosexuals, he says,

An average of averages would be hard, but may come out to between two a month to one or two a week, leading the man on the Coventry omnibus to ponder that there might just be something psychologically (or emotionally) amiss with the poor individuals suffering from such a compulsion.

MWW acknowledges that it may have promoted the impression that Stephen Green is both a bigot and a buffoon.

UPDATE: Snopes has good info on gerbiling, including a debunking of Richard Gere’s alleged “gerbilectomy” and a retelling of this old tale:

“In retrospect, lighting the match was my big mistake. But I was only trying to retrieve the gerbil,” Eric Tomaszewski told bemused doctors in the Severe Burns Unit of Salt Lake City Hospital. Tomaszewski, and his homosexual partner Andrew “Kiki” Farnum, had been admitted for emergency treatment after a felching session had gone seriously wrong.
“I pushed a cardboard tube up his rectum and slipped Raggot, our gerbil, in,” he explained. “As usual, Kiki shouted out ‘Armageddon,’ my cue that he’d had enough. I tried to retrieve Raggot but he wouldn’t come out again, so I peered into the tube and struck a match, thinking the light might attract him.”

At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what happened next. “The match ignited a pocket of intestinal gas and a flame shot out the tube, igniting Mr. Tomaszewski’s hair and severely burning his face. It also set fire to the gerbil’s fur and whiskers which in turn ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the intestine, propelling the rodent out like a cannonball.”

Tomaszewski suffered second degree burns and a broken nose from the impact of the gerbil, while Farnum suffered first and second degree burns to his anus and lower intestinal tract.

I’m sure that happened to a friend of mine.

Every cloud…

It looks like they were suicide bombers.

That’s four fewer than there were before.

Religious hate law clears commons

… by a majority of 72 this time.

Labour MP Ann Cryer rebelled against her party:

I am simply not convinced that legislation which encourages further segregation, however well-intentioned, will provide the protection it aims to deliver.

Scientologists drop Dutch copyright case

The Church of Scientology has finally dropped a court case against the Dutch writer Karen Spaink. Their complaint was that she linked to material copyrighted by the CoS.

This was the Church’s fourth attempt to silence the writer and the ISPs who allowed the pages to be posted. If you don’t yet know quite how zany the CoS is, why not read the page on Spaink’s website which details L Ron Hubbard’s cosmology, OT III (Operating Thetans, Section Three)?

Here is a taster:

The head of the Galactic Federation (76 planets around larger stars visible from here) (founded 5,000,000 years ago, very space opera) solved overpopulation (250 billion or so per planet, 178 billion on average) by mass implanting. He caused people to be brought to Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H-Bomb on the principal volcanos (Incident II) and then the Pacific area ones were taken in boxes to Hawaii and the Atlantic area ones to Las Palmas and there “packaged”.

… starring Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirsty Alley.

Bombs give Beyer opportunity to speak

The news the ITV will reschedule some of the weekend’s programmes because of Thursday’s terrorist attacks moved Mediawath-UK’s director John Beyer to grind his axe. On the day of the atrocities, he said:

The news coverage of the bombing outrage in central London on BBC and Independent Television has been exemplary and it is right that peoples’ sensibilities across the country are respected at this time by not showing films depicting violence and mayhem.

Thanks for that, John.

Religious Hatred Bill – bad for Asians

Sunny Hundal, editor of Asians in Media, writes about the effects of the proposed Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill.

Bad for writers:

If the Behzti controversy were to happen tomorrow then the legal eagles could launch a series of lawsuits that would keep the producers in court for months, even years. Who will have the stomach to fund even a slightly controversial play or a book in the future then?

The government claims it is unlikely there will be many prosecutions under the new law. Clearly they don’t know the Asian community well.

Bad for women:

Writer and activist Rahila Gupta recently pointed out that it will have an impact on women and “weaken” their position.

“When minorities ditch race for religion as a marker of their identity, the pressures on women increase a hundredfold. A ‘cultural’ practice is difficult enough to challenge but one which has been given the dubious honour of being ratified by a holy book, open as that may be to interpretation, is even harder to resist,” she said.

Bad for the Asian community:

Labour’s myopia results partly from its habit of allying closely with Asian religious organisations that it seems to believe represent the views of most of the Asian community and will deliver the ethnic vote.

Once the true implications become clear however, it will not only have lost that support, but possibly caused plenty of damage to our voices.

Sunny has written before about the competition between religious groups for the title “Most sensitive to criticism” in an article well worth revisiting.

Beyer bays for BBFC board’s blood

John Beyer has responded to an article in the Daily Mail (sub required to read, so only Mediawatch-UK link) which called for the naming of the BBFC film censors who gave War of the Worlds a 12A rating. Jumping on the bandwagon along with Conservative MPs Theresa May and Mike Penning, Beyer said:

The Board’s decision on War of the Worlds shows again that the time really has come for a complete overhaul of the way films are classified.

It is not known whether the smut-campaigning Black and White Minstrels Fan’s opinion is based on having actually seen the film, but according to the IIDB the 12A classification seems to be pretty much in line with the rest of the world’s assessment.

As the Melon Farmers point out, the BBFC are actually very open and transparent, and more than willing to give reasoned responses to any of their decisions – though not to expose individual members to public pillory at the hands of the gutter press. So what is the hysteria all about? Surely not a call for tighter governmental controls and stricter censorship? Oh, hang on…

400 m*&£@fuck*@s

Whatever the overall success of the consciousness-raising efforts of Live8, it clearly failed in the cases of the 400 people who complained to the BBC about bad language during the live broadcast. For them, the obscenity of poverty paled into insignificance when Madonna asked London if it was fucking ready and Snoop Doggy Dog urged the crowd to wave their motherfucking hands in the air.

Satan’s pride

Homosexuality-obsessed charity blackmailer Stephen Green and his followers mounted the “first-ever organised Christian witness against London’s ‘Gay Pride’” yesterday.

The purpose of our witness was two-fold. Firstly, we had to make clear that even in politically-correct Britain, Christians are still prepared to stand up for their Lord and deplore the sin of Sodom being paraded, in all its obscenity, and with the support of police parading in it in full uniform, through the streets of London. The Bible says: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.’

says Green, who recently demonstrated that he has no rational basis for this bible belief.

Secondly, I was deeply saddened by the sight of so many men and women celebrating their involvement in a sinful lifestyle characterised by deceit, degradation and death. We just had to reach out in the love of Christ with the message that Jesus died to save sinners like us and like them.

Sadly, all we got back from ‘the gays’ was hatred, expressed in screaming and obscene gestures, and threats of violence – actual violence on those four occasions during our hour of witness. I did not see any tolerance from the supposedly tolerant, nor any respect for the right of free speech. It is as if Satan cannot bear one word of dissent.

You are so right, Stephen.

According to the Independent on Sunday, one of the CV placards read “God gave them (sodomites; lesbians) over to a reprobate mind. Romans 1:28”. This is a rather problematic quote, as it implies that it was God’s will that “they” became homosexuals. In which case, who are CV to protest?

The L-word and other unmentionables

l-word poster
According to Broadcast Now, Living TV’s ads for their lesbian drama The L-Word have sparked hundreds of complaints.

Issues raised ranged from a parenting group claiming that the images were encouraging sex education to a motoring association objecting that the adverts were distracting for drivers.

The ads, showing scantily clad ladies with slogans stitched into their unmentionables, had apparently been discussed with the ASA beforehand, and had also been given approval by Stonewall before launch.