Dogged Bernardi sticks by bestiality claims
You’ve gotta admire Cory Bernardi for sticking by his (misguided, mischievous, warped, cruel) guns. Don’t you?
Well, you don’t have to admire him in general. But it was good to see that he didn’t come out today with a typical politician’s mealy-mouthed, insincere apology for linking homosexuality to bestiality. Because we all know he wouldn’t have meant it.
Senator Bernardi dropped the bestiality clusterbomb a month ago. He was employing what is by now a tired, limp argument against same-sex marriage – in essence, that if you make one change to marriage then others will follow.
There are even some creepy people out there, and I say creepy, who are afforded unfortunately a great deal more respect than I believe they should, who say that it’s OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals, and is that, will that be a future step, will that be one of the things that (we) say, `Well you know, these two creatures love each other, you know maybe they should be able to join in a union’?...
Then he skedaddled overseas for a while. But now, he’s back, and he’s not resiling from what he said. He reckons his wild Slip-N-Slide argument holds.
“You can bet your bottom dollar there are always going to be demands to redefine (marriage) in other ways as well,” he said.
I reckon I’d take him up on that bet. Sure, there’s a middling possibility some nutty old duck will wanna marry her shabby tabby or a pig farmer from somewhere in the backblocks of Adelaide gets it in their head that Wilbur is the pig for him.
But a serious effort to allow marriage to be between man and dog? Put me down for $20. Slippery slope arguments sometimes hold up but crossing a species divide ain’t so easy, no matter what eminent philosopher Peter Singer says.
So he’s still wrong. Grossly wrong.
He’s also being disingenuous by saying he had to “take one for the team”. As though he thinks secretly they’re all rooting for him but they’re too scared of the PC police to speak up. I do suspect they tolerated him for too long because he connects with lunatic fringe of voters, but the outrage of Malcolm Turnbull and the condemnation of other Liberals rings true.
And yet, in this new era where everything is offensive and everyone is offended all the time it’s refreshing to have someone who sticks with their (offensive) story.
Ideally, we wouldn’t have anyone in Parliament whose minds think along such sick and judgemental lines. But that’s unrealistic. So it’s better to have offensive people saying what they really think, out in the open. It’s better if we actually know how they’re thinking. And politically speaking it’s better that the voting public know exactly how Senator Bernardi thinks.
In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte: Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
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