Pictures of Pride #1

2-gay-pride-nyc-2011-mark-gilmanThe Auckland gay pride parade is coming up soon, after eleven years absence, obviously to help market Louisa Wall’s Redefinition of Marriage Bill.  The run of parades ended in 2001 amid bitter acrimony and insolvency. This public event will cost taxpayers a lot of money in terms of security, clean-up, policing, etc., and members of our armed forces will march in uniform in this parade as well as police staff (not in uniform).  Our prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition will be there (in pink shirts, perhaps open to the naval like last time – “oh, the humanity!“) and there will be dribbling wall-to-wall sycophancy from TVNZ and TV3. That being so, I thought I would publish a series each day to critique the claim this is something for all of us to take tremendous pride in and that the marchers are heroes. It is not an attempt to denigrate anyone, and I certainly do not hate anyone simply because they are gay (actually I really love my many gay friends).  The gay parade organisers usually claim the turnouts as tacit support for their cause, which of course it isn’t. Crowds were also attracted to hangings, drawings and quarterings.

You can decide for yourself from the picture series over the next few days, if this is something that swells you with pride.  These images are all taken from public events and project the imagery the gay community itself wants us to support. Comments welcomed. Be nice.  (I will repeat this rider with each pic, because of the hot emotions associated with this public policy debate).

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 40s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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