Scottish rainbow flags during Commonwealth Games


This video from the USA says about itself:

Lawmaker Proposes LGBT Rainbow Flag Ban in Louisiana

19 July 2013

Andy Naquin, a Republican City-Parish Councilman in Lafayette, Louisiana has proposed a bill that would ban the LGBT rainbow flag.

By Peter Lazenby:

Scotland shows true colours-with solidarity rainbow flag

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Gesture highlights Commonwealth persecution of LGBT people

THE rainbow flag is be flown on buildings across Scotland in solidarity with persecuted LGBT people in Commonwealth countries.

Trade union offices in Glasgow will fly the flag for the duration of the Commonwealth games, which start today.

The Scottish government will also fly the rainbow flag outside St Andrew’s House for the first time in its history, alongside those of the Commonwealth and Scotland.

STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said: “By flying the rainbow flag, the international symbol of LGBT equality, we aim to recognise the human rights of LGBT people and celebrate the distance that Scotland has come in promoting equality.”

He said the campaign offers a message of hope to LGBT people and a rejection of the anti-homosexuality laws that still exist in 80 per cent of Commonwealth nations.

Forty-two out of 53 Commonwealth countries criminalise homosexuality and LGBT people are at risk of death, imprisonment, harassment and degrading treatment.

“This is simply unacceptable and it is right that we should use our Commonwealth Games to raise awareness and promote a more positive vision of the future for a persecuted minority,” added Mr Smith.

Several councils have also pledged to fly the rainbow flag throughout the campaign.

The public is also being encouraged to support the campaign by sharing images using the hashtag #gamespride on social media site Twitter.

Commonwealth Games cabinet secretary Shona Robison said: “It’s important we reinforce our strong support for and commitment to progressing equality and human rights issues.”

US Tea Party politician praises stoning gays


This video from the USA is called GOP Candidate Scott Esk: Let Cities Decide Whether Gays Should Be Stoned To Death.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Oklahoma Tea Party candidate claims: ‘Stoning gays was a law that came direct from God’

Facebook post quoted biblical verse sanctioning the execution of homosexuals

Tim Walker, Los Angeles

Thursday 12 June 2014

A Tea Party candidate running for office in Oklahoma has appeared to endorse the practice of stoning gay people to death.

Last year, Scott Esk, who is in the race to represent the 91st district in the State House, responded to a friend’s Facebook post about the Pope’s stance on gay people by copying and pasting Bible verses including Leviticus 20:13, which describes homosexuality as “detestable” and demands gay people be “put to death”.

When asked by another Facebook user whether he supported executing homosexuals by stoning, Mr Esk replied: “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realise, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

This week, the Oklahoma magazine Moore Monthly uncovered the posts from 2013, and invited Mr Esk to clarify his position. Stoning gay people, Mr Esk said in a phone interview, was “done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God” he said, adding: “And in that time there it was totally just. It came directly from God.

“I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”

Mr Esk continued: “I know what was done in the Old Testament and what was done back then was what’s just… And I do stand for Biblical morality.”

While Oklahoma is a largely conservative state, Rob Morris, the publisher of Moore Monthly, said he had never met any other Oklahomans who held views comparable to Mr Esk’s.

“Even people that don’t agree with things like gay marriage… nobody wants the death penalty for gays,” Mr Moore told RawStory.com.

Oklahoma introduced a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. The law was overturned in January 2014 by a federal judge in Tulsa, who declared the ban unconstitutional. His decision was stayed, pending an appeal. Earlier this year one Oklahoma Republican, state Representative Mike Turner, suggested the state do away with all marriages, including heterosexual marriages, saying it was the only way to keep same-sex marriage illegal while also upholding the US Constitution.

Though there is no recent polling readily available on the level of support for same-sex marriage in the state, The Atlantic magazine has estimated, based on existing data that, in 2012, 35 per cent of Oklahomans supported same-sex marriage.

See also here.

Spanish conservative defends rape


This video from England is called SlutWalk London: Rape Survivors Speak Out.

Recently, there were politicians in the USA and in the Netherlands talking about “legitimate rape” and saying that raped women don’t get pregnant.

But before that, in 1990, there was already another US politician with similar views.

In 2008, there was that politician of the neo-nazi British National Party defending rape.

Early in 2012, there was the ultra-conservative Roman Catholic archbishop in Spain advocating rape.

And now we have, according to the blog of Roque Planas:

Spanish Official: ‘Laws Are Like Women, They’re To Be Raped’

10/10/2012 1:26 pm EDT

A Spanish government official is drawing international fire for using some violently machista language.

José Manuel Castelao Bragaño, who until Friday served as chief of the government agency that assists Spaniards living abroad, resigned from his post last week after saying at a meeting “las leyes son como las mujeres, están para violarlas.”

Translated literally, the phrase reads: “Laws are like women, they’re there to be raped.” The word “violar” means both “rape” and “violate” in Spanish. Castelao’s expression played off the double meaning.

Castelao, 71, who previously served as a conservative deputy in the provincial legislature in Galicia, told the Spanish daily El País that he’s resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with his comments.

He served as president of the General Council of Spanish Citizens Abroad for less than one week.

Last Tuesday, Castelao shared his thoughts on women, rape and the law during an official meeting of the General Council of Spanish Citizens Abroad. The group was voting on a proposal.

“No problem,” Castelao said, according to El País. “We’ve got nine votes? Put down 10 … Laws are like women, they’re there to be raped.”

For those in the room, Castelao’s remark was shocking. “It was an absurd and unfortunate phrase, and worse coming from him, the head of a government agency,” said Ana María Navarro, who sits on the Council, according to El País.

And now, back to the USA:

“Some girls rape easy”: Republican candidate Roger Rivard sparks outrage

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has withdrawn his support for the representative.

Ellen Connolly

October 11, 2012 16:51

US Republican Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is ‘Something God Intended’ [UPDATE]: here.

Richard Mourdock One Of At Least A Dozen GOP Senate Candidates Who Oppose Abortion For Rape Victims: here.