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Joke of the year: Keep 377A

I was wondering how long it would be before someone started a counter-petition like this.

I haven’t seen a more pathetic petition in my entire life. Seriously, I do acknowledge that other people might have different opinions on this issue, and it is entirely legitimate for them to make their own voices heard. It is a free country after all. Technically.

1. The “Majority”

The argument that it is justifiable to oppress minority groups just because the majority feels that way, is what the entire petition is about. By the same token, just because Chinese people don’t like Indian people, it is entirely justifiable to make racist laws.

2. “Scientific” premise

The much-touted NTU study is what they use to back up the argument that they are indeed the majority. Singaporeans’ Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men and their Tolerance of Media Portrayals of Homosexuality, by Benjamin H. Detenber, Mark Cenite, et. al., International Journal of Public Opinion Research. What these people conveniently ignore is that this study is about media portrayals – not a general attitude. Isn’t the title more than a little self-evident, or did Mr Martin Tan never learn to read? What people will and will not tolerate on screen is hardly an indication of what they will tolerate in real life – people may tolerate extreme violence and murder on screen, but would most ever approve of that in real life?

3. Research section

Consists of grand total of two links, one to the already irrelevant NTU study, and another to an ST article. Any self-respecting anti-gay website should have at least some links to not-that-solid research talking about how mentally unstable and dangerous gay people are. And how they destroy society.

4. Signatures

There are numerous multiple signatures on the site. And it is not even a case of occasional double-posting – consistently repetitive names and signatures, in addition to many spam signatures. The number is hardly indicative of the real support for the petition – it is even less credible than the online petition to repeal 377A.

5. Comments

Once again, while I respect free speech, some of the comments leave me confused as to laugh or cry. It is a parade of ignorance, and I honestly feel sorry for these people, going about life with such a myopic view. And once again… I really don’t see how me kissing my girlfriend destroys your family, your “safety”. If anti-gay person could explain that to me, I would be eternally grateful.

And lastly… show some creativity, man. Do you really have to copy the design of the repeal377a.com website?

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October 20, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I was just about to send you the link before I realised you’ll probably have found out about it earlier than I did. 🙂 I just spent 15 mins tearing it to pieces just for the fun of it.

    The sad thing is, as badly reasoned as the Keep377A.com letter is, as ridiculous and fake the signatures are, the credible letter won’t win out, because the people in charge think exactly the same way the Keep377A.com people do.

    Although I suppose you could try bringing a copyright suit against them for using the same layout. 🙂

    Comment by Zixian | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. Just because you accept gay-ism doesn’t mean everyone else should.
    You shouldn’t critise people who don’t accept gay as “pathetic”. Just like you don’t like other ppl to critise you. You should also listen to people who don’t support your cause.

    Like others you are allowed to have a say on what you think so I think it’s better you allow others to object as well.

    Comment by p | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. Letting others have their say doesn’t preclude telling them that what they’re saying is crap.

    Comment by z | April 28, 2010 | Reply


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