Ms. Albano speaks to the right of Freedom of Speech, and the recent spectacle surrounding the ceremony where Margaret Somerville was given an honourary degree, but was greeted by some faculty and protesters in a not-so-honourable fashion:
The word 'homophobia' is used improperly
I am weary of people misusing certain words. One that keeps popping up in the news is the word "homophobia." What on earth does it mean?
Does it mean people have a phobia of homosexuals?
A phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations.
The correct use of the word homophobia should refer to people who have extreme and irrational fear of homosexuals.
That certainly does not refer to those who simply do not accept some of the agenda being advanced by the homosexual community.
If someone of a different faith dialogues with me, we may have very strong opposing views. Would it be correct for me as a person of one faith to call the other a "Christianphobic" person because that person does not agree with any of my views? That would be ridiculous. I can accept that there are others who hold views with equal conviction to their faith as I do to mine.
I was recently shocked at the name- calling and irresponsible comments made by those in the gay community toward Margaret Somerville, who was given an honorary degree by Ryerson University.
Somerville is free to express her views on this issue. This does not make her homophobic. It simply means she has a different view. And if my memory serves me correctly, we live in Canada and she is as entitled to her view as you are yours.
There will always be those who disagree with you. This doesn't mean they hate you or discriminate against you; they simple don't agree with you.
Wikipedia defines homophobia as:
"fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. It can also mean hatred of and disparagement of homosexual people, their lifestyles, their sexual behaviors, or cultures, and is generally used to assert bigotry.
When the term is applied to political or religious opposition to specific sexual acts or political positions, it has been criticized as a pejorative, loaded term intended to discredit religious criticism of homosexuality."
So who is right? It seems to me that 'homophobia' is a convenient weapon to be hurled at anyone who doesn't buy into the gay agenda - Dismiss any discussion as 'homophobic'. End of story, unless a Human Rights Tribunal gets involved.
In my search for a definition of homophobia, I came across this very interesting article written by a Penn State political science student. The full essay is available online, but here are some points to ponder:
Stop the name-calling. Stop redefining social phobias to fit your ideological and political agendas. To tolerate homosexuality, one does not have to agree with it, support it or think it is natural.
The next time someone says homosexuality is wrong, disgusting or that they'd just rather not see it, respect their opinion and tolerate them.
The people who have been called "homophobes" in the past have a right to think this and to say it. It does not make them homophobic because this radical definition is wrong and intolerant.
Likewise, homosexuals have the right to be gay and be proud of it. They cannot demand that people tolerate them if they do not reciprocate that tolerance.
Now, to be clear, I do not necessarily agree or disagree with any of the above. I am simply putting forward some items for discussion. We may as well enjoy our Freedom of Speech while we still supposedly have that right.